Eyewitness video showed drive-by Simchas Beis Hashoeva parties being held in the neighborhood from 7pm every night of the festival, which lasts until October 9.
Suddenly, a Jewish rave! Chag Sameach! I love Crown Heights so much. pic.twitter.com/HSq70wK2Aw
— Alejandra Caraballo 🌹🇵🇷 (@Esqueer_) October 6, 2020
Why live in crown heights you ask? pic.twitter.com/cRI7JhGZoo
— BoazBoazBoazBoaz 🚠 (@Boaz_DolnyLipsy) October 6, 2020
However, there were ugly scenes overnight as revellers engaged in more close-quarters partying than the city’s coronavirus rules allow for, prompting intervention from the NYPD which was met with fierce resistance from locals, as seen in eyewitness video.
Guess some in Chabad Crown Heights aren't really concerned with COVID-19. No masks. Gathered close. This. Is. Insane. pic.twitter.com/1GyE5WAtr3
— Andrea Karshan (((אביבה אסתר))) (@karshanandrea) October 5, 2020
The area is one of 10 ZIP codes where Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a partial coronavirus lockdown due to a recent spike in cases, with Crown Heights added to a watchlist by health officials last week.
נאך פין קראון הייטס pic.twitter.com/KxbOLu3Mxu
— Hasidic2 (@hasidic_1) October 6, 2020
NYPD tried to break up a huge Sukkot party in Crown Heights tonight — and met fierce resistance from ultra-Orthodox revelers pic.twitter.com/sS8VuDaAUo
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) October 6, 2020
De Blasio sought to close down nine ZIP codes, shutting non-essential businesses and dine-in service at restaurants. However, only some schools will close for now, as the mayor was overruled by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who instead called for greater enforcement of coronavirus restrictions already in place.
Crown Heights currently has an infection rate of 2.06 percent, though areas such as Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay have a rate as high as 3.95 percent. New York city has recorded over 460,000 Covid-19 cases and over 25,000 deaths from the disease since March.
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