Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY – Hasidic Community Wants Clean Streets

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    Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY – For over two years, residents living in the area of North Brooklyn between Broadway and Flushing Avenue have been fighting to stop white plastic bags – full of advertisements from chain stores and supermarkets – from being delivered to their homes.

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    Leaders among the Hasidic community claim that material in the bags, especially images of women dressed immodestly or embracing men, offend their traditionally conservative values. Such images are often found in flyers for the drug store chain Walgreens.

    The contents include materials the Hasidic people are offended by, and CBA [the marketing company behind them] is still sending it to this area,” complained Rabbi Simon Weiser, an activist and Community Board 1 member.

    So far, Sears and JCPenney have abided by the neighborhood’s wishes, the rabbi said, but homes still receive advertising from Walgreens.

    Luckily for the Hasidim, some recently approved legislation introduced by a politician representing equally annoyed communities in Queens could help solve their problem once and for all. For his part, Rabbi Weiser said he had no doubt every house in Williamsburg would put up a sign saying, “No thanks,” to all flyers once the law takes effect. [queensledger]


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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    In California there is no law against the garbage that comes to our house,,, I cant stand all the flyers,, but those that I use make it worth the extra second to throw away the ones that I dont.
    If walgreens is sending out advertisements, isnt it because they want customers from those they send their papers to? Wouldnt it be smart to accomodate them?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    thanks to all of you that don’t take it, i collect them all, and make a fortune of money in free stuff combining manufacturers coupons and store coupons in stores that allow it!

    please continue to leave it outside.. and if it rains, bring it in, and take it back out when its dry 😉

    Mark Levin is The Great One
    Mark Levin is The Great One
    16 years ago

    Its not just “hassids” that cant stand the stuff. Outside of the heyliga NYC we have the same problem. The advertising company gets a few illegals to give out the stuff.

    shmiel glassman
    shmiel glassman
    16 years ago

    these bags generally have a steady group of advertisers
    1 simple solution is for these stores to offer stickers to be posted on the front of the houses requesting flyers and those houses would get flyers
    it would save them alot of bags
    less litter and garbage
    savings for those that want & respecting the wishes of those that wish to do witout

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    the flyers are great if the people would learn how to use the coupons it would benefit them greatly they could get pampers for free, and so on, we use them and have not paid for health and beauty aids in a few years everything is free