Love Thy Neighbor: Four Days in Crown Heights That Changed New York

Publisher:
Pineapple Street Studios

Love Thy Neighbor: Four Days in Crown Heights That Changed New York

4.8/5

Critic Rating

Thirty years ago, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, a car accident set off four days of unrest. Two people died. Dozens were injured. Hundreds were arrested. In this Pineapple Street Studios series, journalist Collier Meyerson explores what came to be known as the “Crown Heights Riot.” It’s a story about immigration, New York City’s first Black mayor, the rise of Rudy Giuliani, and the Lubavitch Jewish and Caribbean-American communities sitting at the center of it all. To Meyerson, the Crown Heights Riot can help us unlock and understand so many of our modern dilemmas: from police violence...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.6

Nicholas Quah • Vulture Mar 10, 2022

"The five-part series is led and hosted by the journalist Collier Meyerson, who brings a personal thread into the mix. Meyerson is a half-Black and half-Jewish New Yorker, and she negotiates the space between those two aspects of her identity to find a deeper understanding of what happened that summer in 1991 and how it directly fed into the New York City we have today."

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Score: 5

Pod Sauce Editors • Pod Sauce Feb 15, 2022

"Meyerson expertly and empathetically examines the history of Crown Heights. The Crown Heights riot does not exist in a bubble, and Meyerson knows that. “Love Thy Neighbor” is not an easy listen, nor do the events of that summer have an easy explanation. It does not and cannot live in singularity. “Love Thy Neighbor” is not here to tell you what to think. Instead, Meyerson gets the many sides of the story from the people who were there. It’s less of a history lesson and more of a present-day analysis, reflection, and look to the future. It’s about police violence, racism, and antisemitism, asking if there is still more to learn from those August days in Crown Heights."

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