Strangers in a Strange Land
Two recent books investigate the canny mastery of housing politics that has allowed the Hasidic Satmar sect to build thriving, isolated communities in Brooklyn and upstate New York.
A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg
by Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper
American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York
by Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers
February 24, 2022 issue