Crown Heights is becoming the Hasidic SoHo. The neighborhood now has a spanking-new gallery of Jewish art with $175,000 paintings; a female rock band whose members are frum (religiously observant); and a kosher pizzeria that’s a hangout for chic moms with Louis Vuitton handbags.
“There’s been a renaissance in Crown Heights,” said Dovy Andrusier, 44, who chose to locate Betzalel Gallery in his home nabe. “This is my SoHo.”
The nabe, ripped apart by racial strife between African-Americans and Jews 20 years ago, is now a place where Hasidic business owners say they feel safe to go SoHo upscale – featuring Dean & Deluca-style produce at Mr. Greens on Albany Ave. to contemporary masters of Judiac art at Betzalel.
Andrusier thinks his Empire Blvd. gallery which opened last month, will find a ready audience in Crown Heights: “There are a lot of young professionals with nice houses; they have to decorate their walls.”
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