Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Rabbis and mayors

New York | Amid a measles outbreak, geniality between city officials and Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/17/19, 11:33 am

A New York moment: 

I’ve been covering the measles outbreak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a neighborhood with a large Orthodox Jewish population—for an upcoming story, and I’m struck again by the general cordiality between city and Hasidic leaders despite their regular disagreements on various religious accommodations.

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Songs for the people

Arts | The New York Philharmonic hosts a night for nonprofit workers, complete with an 11-year-old composer
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/09/19, 12:37 pm

A New York moment:

The New York Philharmonic unbuttoned its top button last Friday and hosted a very blue-collar night at the symphony, offering $5 tickets to those who worked in nonprofits across the city. I got to join the party, where instead of martini-drenched season ticket holders, the concert hall filled with symphony neophytes taking selfies and clapping uproariously after every movement. It was pure fun. 

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Houses in the neighborhood

Cities | Christians in New York gather to discuss the problem of housing in an expensive city
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/03/19, 10:30 am

A New York moment:

On Monday night almost 200 people packed out an upper room of W83 Ministry Center, the Upper West Side building where Redeemer Presbyterian Church meets, to talk about housing. It’s a hot topic in one of the most expensive places to live in the country and where homelessness is at the highest levels since the Great Depression.

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