[gothamist] In many ways, the B110 bus that connects South Williamsburg and Borough Park seems like any other bus. It has a route number and blue bus stop signs like any other city bus, and it’s open to the public. But the B110 is operated by a private company, Private Transportation Corporation, which pays the city for the right to provide a public service. And reporter Sasha Chavkin finds that on this bus—which caters to a predominately Orthodox Jewish ridership—special rules apply. Namely, women get the Rosa Parks treatment.
Chavkin recently asked an acquaintance to ride the B110 recently and found that female passengers are asked to sit in the back. His canary in the Hasidic coalmine encountered a bus full with “Orthodox Jews with full beards, sidecurls and long black coats, who told her that she was riding ‘a private bus’ and ‘a Jewish bus.'” When she asked why she had to move, a man scolded her, explaining, “If God makes a rule, you don’t ask ‘Why make the rule?” Also, HaShem is everywhere, even on the B110, and are you going to make Him walk all the way to the back!
Well, you had a nice run ladies. You got to vote, have jobs, drive cars and act like you were every bit as important as a man. But before long, if these curly-side-burns guys get their way, you’ll be drinking out of different colored water fountains and going to different schools than the boys. I’m just kidding… you won’t be allowed in schools. Personally, I think Hasidic Jews are creepy. They’re always wearing the same black suits and have their J. Wellington Wimpy hats on. If it’s not a job requirement or an athletic uniform and you’re wearing the same thing as everyone else, every day of your life… You’re in a cult. Regardless, (more…)