Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish spiritual center-770 Eastern Parkway-Crown Heights-Gran Rebbe Manachem Mendel Schneerson-Andrea Robbins-Max Beecher-Photography-Crown Heights-Brooklyn-NYCBrooklyn’s Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish spiritual center. Photo: Andrea Robbins and Max Beacher

The New York Observer has a remarkable story about a particular building in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home to the Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish spiritual center that has doubles in more than a dozen places around the world. Located at 770 Eastern Parkway, it’s an example of a building that holds such a strong symbolic hold that the followers of this religious group have replicated it as they’ve spread. The original building is the de facto headquarters for the Lubavitch and was once the workplace of Grand Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.