New Signs Around Crown Heights Asks Guests to ‘Dress Modestly’ Brooklyn Reader July 28, 2014 By Brooklyn Reader July 28, 2014, 9:00 am Modesty Sign Photo: walkinjerusalem.blogspot.com Longtime residents of Central Brooklyn have had little problem referring to areas with large populations of African- and Caribbean- Americans as “black neighborhoods,” and respectively, those who live in these areas are quick to ask newcomers to respect the culture that already exists. Well, then, should it be a problem in predominantly Hasidic Jewish areas of the city when community members also ask newcomers to respect their culture? A new sign has surfaced in Crown Heights– an area with a heavy Hasidic Jewish population– asking residents, guests and visitors to “Please Dress Modestly. This is a Jewish Neighborhood.” But what, on the surface, seems a fair and reasonable request has managed still to make enough folks bristle: The bristlers argue that dictating a dress code in outdoor spaces is going a little too far. Entering a Hasidic home or synagogue in a bathing suit top and short-shorts is just plain inconsiderate. But on a public sidewalk to get from point A to B, people have the right to dress in seasonal clothing. The movement to dress more conservatively seems to be picking up steam in areas such as Crown Heights, as a show of increased solidarity for the conflict in Israel (see: recent campaign to encourage little girls to practice modesty in exchange for ice cream). So what are your thoughts? Should respect for one’s culture extend to the way one dresses, as proscribed within the confines of one neighborhood? Or is that going too far? EmailThis Want to write for us? We're looking for interns and experienced writers! Go here for more information. 2 Responses Ronica Webb July 29, 2014 I am sorry in public spaces you should have the right to wear what you want. This is going to far! Reply Sandy July 29, 2014 It’s legal for females to go topless in New York. You may not like it but it’s the law. All people should be considerate. SHOULD Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.