Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City
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Crown Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. This neighborhood extends through much of Brooklyn Community Board 8 and 9. The main thoroughfare through this neighborhood is Eastern Parkway, which divides the north and south sides of this neighborhood. Crown Heights is bounded by Washington Avenue (west), Atlantic Avenue (north) and Ralph Avenue (east), Clarkson Avenue (south). The neighborhoods that border Crown Heights are: Prospect Heights (to the west); Prospect Lefferts Gardens (to the southwest), Wingate and Rugby (to the South), Brownsville (to the east); Bedford-Stuyvesant (to the north).
The worldwide headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Jewish community, at 770 Eastern Parkway, is located in Crown Heights.
A large number of Blacks from the Caribbean coexists, uneasily at times, with Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights. In recent years, a considerable number of Latin American and Russian immigrants have also moved into the neighborhood.
More recently, Crown Heights has seen an upwardly mobile influx -- a racial mix of artists, professionals, students, and gays and lesbians. These new inhabitants are mostly middle-class professionals that are very different from previous residents.
Violence has erupted in this neighborhood on more than one occasion, including during the New York City blackout of 1977. However, the best-known series of events -- the Crown Heights Riot -- occurred in 1991.
Crown Heights is also known for its annual West Indian Carnival. Its main event is the West Indian Carnival Parade, also known as "The Labor Day Parade." The parade route goes along Eastern Parkway, from Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. According to the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, over 3.5 million people participate in the parade each year.
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