Signs in Brooklyn Ask You to Please Cover Up

Hasidic Jewish residents of Crown Heights ask passers-by to 'dress modestly'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2014 7:23 AM CDT
A screen grab from PIX 11 about the signs.   (PIX 11)

(Newser) – Want to retain the right to dress how you see fit? Then consider steering clear of parts of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, where new signs are popping up asking residents, guests, and visitors to "please dress modestly, this is a Jewish neighborhood." Crown Heights has a large Hasidic Jewish population, but the neighborhood in general has been "rapidly gentrifying," note New York's Daily Intelligencer.

The Brooklyn Reader suggests that the signs are behind a larger effort to "show increased solidarity for the conflict in Israel," but critics say they're out of bounds on public streets. Women surveyed by PIX 11 were against them, with an Orthodox Jewish respondent saying she thinks it is "very important that we don't inflict our views on anyone." (Check out what makes this Hasidic Jewish town in New York unique.)

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