There was a very large, affluent Jewish community living in Crown Heights in the 1950s and 1960s. We constantly meet people who grew up in Crown Heights and remember ‘Lubavitch’ in the early years.
Recently, we interviewed Mr. Sheldon Rudoff, a lawyer living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He and his family lived in Crown Heights in the 1950s. (His house actually shared an alley with the Rebbe’s house.) As a teenager, he had some interactions with the Rebbe, and he shared those encounters with us.
Here is a short clip from the interview.