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Hasidic Williamsburg (Women)

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Green & Ackerman's Restaurant, Williamsburg


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Hasidic Williamsburg is a stark contrast to the hipster enclave that surrounds it. In these two walks, one for women and one for men, you will be lead into the storefronts, back rooms, and neighborhood spaces of the Hassidic community by the people who know it best.

Filmmaker Pearl Gluck and two of her closest friends walk you through their neighborhood and reveal the intimate and centuries-old traditions behind everything from their hairstyles and wardrobe to the way they find husbands and raise their families. You’ll have a meal at a restaurant where the men and women sit separately, pay a visit to a volunteer kitchen where dedicated community members prepare kosher food for the sick, and you’ll venture to the backroom of a hardware store where housewares are given a special ritual treatment.

Witness and gain understanding of the Hasidic community’s unwavering traditions and faith as you walk through a day-in-the-life of Hasidic Williamsburg.

This audiowalk was produced by international sound collective, Soundwalk.

Tips & Hours

  • This Detour is best between 10am - 5pm Sunday through Friday. We don't recommend taking this Detour on Saturdays, because nearly all the stops are closed.

  • You'll want to bring a little cash for food along the way, and a small $5-$10 donation for a volunteer kosher kitchen on the walk. Also, come hungry! You'll stop at several food shops.

  • The Hasidic community observes a dress-code of modesty. To respect this custom when visiting, women should have their elbows, knees, and collarbones covered. Men should not wear shorts or flip flops.