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Borough Park, NY - Viznitz Sues City for 'Unfair Crackdown' of Weddings at Their Yeshiva

Published on: August 10, 2010 08:21 AM
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Entrance to the Ohr HaChaim Vishnitz hall on 18th Ave Entrance to the Ohr HaChaim Vishnitz hall on 18th Ave

Borough Park, NY - A yeshiva says in a new federal lawsuit that a recent city crackdown on weddings at the Jewish school is just not kosher.

Yeshiva Imrei Chaim Viznitz in Borough Park has been able to hold weddings at its assembly hall since the 1990s.

But two years ago, the Buildings Department decided that it needed to approve the more than 150 weddings held there annually on a case-by-case basis, according to the suit in Manhattan Federal Court.

And now, the city says the yeshiva should not be hosting commercial events at all in a residential area.

“We get inspectors there at least once a week interrupting religious services,” said the yeshiva’s lawyer, Stuart Klein. “We just can’t deal with this anymore. It’s starting to affect our business.”


The yeshiva, which has more than 600 students at its 53rd St. building, says that the city has allowed other religious institutions to maintain halls without all the inspections.

“We are being subjected to a different standard than everyone else,” Klein said.

City lawyers have yet to see the lawsuit, said a law department spokeswoman. The yeshiva lost a similar case in state court.

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 Aug 10, 2010 at 08:35 AM kollelfaker Says:

been there and neighbors yes frum ones complain of the excessive noise and loud speaker system. cant argue when it is not defendable


 Aug 10, 2010 at 08:46 AM Anonymous Says:

As a neighbor, I can't understand any of this. There are too few halls altogether, and scheduling a wedding is a major issue. I am aware of some cases in which a date is reserved even before completing a shidduch due to the shortage. Anything that impedes allowing Jewish boys and girls to marry is grossly unfair. And the usual suspect is the neighbor who has been shlepping Viznitz through court for years. The complaint is noise (partially valid), and the remedy is to devise ways to stop there from being noise that disturbs neighbors. But to eliminate the hall or to give Viznitz grief is grossly unfair. I hope that Viznitz wins this lawsuit bigtime.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 08:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Just FYI the yeshiva did everything legal, and obtained a C of O for "catering use"


 Aug 10, 2010 at 09:00 AM Anonymous Says:

I hope its not that neighbor ........ That's causing all this troubles


 Aug 10, 2010 at 09:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope its not that neighbor ........ That's causing all this troubles

It is that neighbor.... We all know his name, the unhappy grouch on that block that's busy disturbing everyone that tries to live a peaceful life...


 Aug 10, 2010 at 09:36 AM Anonymous Says:

yes it was it was on tv a year or two ago


 Aug 10, 2010 at 09:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't that neighbor move??


 Aug 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM steinberg the neighbor Says:

The neighbor should be put in cherem for mesirah on a non stop basis.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 10:47 AM Sammy Says:

It is the neighbor and his son with the video camera that is causing all the trouble!! Shame on them to cause Yiddish Gelt should need to be used for these type of reasons


 Aug 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM yidel12 Says:

As a neighbor of the hall, I would like to say "Shame on you Mr. Steinberg and shame on your son" it is a privilage to live on such a block with such zeesa kinder and such nice lebedige simchas, the area is constantly cleaned and maintained, I also know for a fact that viznitz had a private security guard and he was constantly being harrased by Steinberg and that chases away the guard, all I can say that "The grouchy unhappy creature Steinberg" causes much more pain and suffering to the neighbors then the beautiful hall that helps make chasuna for a reasonable price


 Aug 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM cool masmid Says:

I got married in that hall and so I have an emotional attachment to that hall. Its a beautiful hall and they run weddings there very efficient. I wish them much hatzlocho. And maybe we should not be saying names as its still loshon hora.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM Anonymous Says:

The effort to villify this local neighbor who is trying to protect his property and peace and quiet is disgusting. Let the learn to coexist. Such lashon haroh is not the Vishntiz way and the chassidus has an obligation to limit the use of the school or move the simcha hall to a more commercial area.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't under stand. they did everything they could not to upset the neighbors they changed the chupe to be on the roof. what dose he want now ?


 Aug 10, 2010 at 05:00 PM Liepa Says:

With all due respect to Vishnitz and their neighbors, a solution needs to be implemented that works for everyone. Yes, Vishnitz should have the ability to proceed with weddings, however the noise produced from simchas especially during the work week shouldn't interfere with the people living in the immediate surrounding area. The neighbors shouldn't be forced to participate, unwillingly, in each and every simcha. They have a life too and can't in any circumstance be expected to give up their nightly sleep and relaxation because someone is getting married next door. The hall moved into 53rd Street when most of these people were already residents on the block.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 05:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
steinberg the neighbor Says:

The neighbor should be put in cherem for mesirah on a non stop basis.

" Today at 10:00 AM steinberg the neighbor Says:
The neighbor should be put in cherem for mesirah on a non stop basis."

Maybe you should learn what "mesirah" is before you make such ridiculous comments.


 Aug 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM bigwheeel Says:

Poster # 12, (Says.); You mentioned in another thread on this blog that you are not a resident of NYC. In that case, you don't know the situation that transpires on that block where the wedding hall is located. The facts (from a former employee and friend) are as follows; 1) The music from the hall is not heard on the street at all; 2) The management pays for a security guard who does not permit any of the guests to park in front of the hall. (Contrary to what that disgruntled neighbor, (Nebech) states in all the magazines and newspapers and every forum that is willing to give him a chance to speak (scream); 3) Mr. S. (the disgruntled neighbor, who doesn't get tired.) has come inside the hall in the past and disrupted simchas. In fact, there's an Order of Protection that the Yeshiva has against Mr. S. that forbids him to enter the building; 4) Mr. S. does, harass the families who make Simchas at the hall and their guests; 5) Mr. S. constantly files (baseless) complaints with City agencies against the Yeshiva. (By his own admission to this poster.)


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