I was watching an episode of Barney Miller and they bring in a man and he is a Hasidic Jew and this greatly puzzles Wojo, or rather the manner of dress puzzles Wojo.
Dietrich comes over and explains
Now my question is this, I’ve been to NYC lots of times and I’ve seen Hasidic Jews all over. In Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, all over, to me it would seem odd that Wojo a NYC cop of who they are.
Of course I realise, it’s just a plot device so that people outside of NYC, will know about his manner of dress.
But it got me to thinking, could a person live or work in Manhattan and really not know what a Hasidic Jew is or at least looks like?
This show was in the 70s, and I didn’t start going to NYC till the late 90s, so maybe the Hasidic Jews kept out of Manhattan where Wojo worked.
I’m pretty sure it was just a plot device, but I thought I’d ask NYC people if they could live or work in NYC in the mid 70s and not know what a Hasidic Jews were or how they dress?