Chani Frankel, owner of Mimulo flower shop in Crown Heights
The nabe, ripped apart by racial strife between African-Americans and Jews 20 years ago, is now a place where Hasidic business owners say they feel safe to go SoHo upscale - featuring Dean & Deluca-style produce at Mr. Greens on Albany Ave. to contemporary masters of Judiac art at Betzalel.
Betzalel’s co-owner, Shmuel Pultman, 45, previously ran a gallery in Borough Park.
“I have more people coming here to soak in the art in a single day than I would in a week in Borough Park,” Pultman said.
“I feel like we’re starting to really embrace creativity and art a lot more,” said Frankel, 28, who lives in Prospect Heights but returned to the neighborhood where she grew up to open her store, Mimulo.
“Religious people buy a lot of flowers — and Crown Heights religious people want artistic flowers,” she said.