Summer 0f 1996, 12 [full] buses pulled out of Crown Heights heading towards Machne Menachem. That year the Machne Menachem which was located at, 445 Mast Hope Plank Road, Lackawaxen, PA, 18435 hosted 500 campers and 200 staff.
The streets of Crown Heights were literately desolate of Children.
I myself was on one of these buses and remember how the line of buses stretched almost two blocks. Starting from Eastern Pkwy and Kingston Ave., down to Eastern Pkwy and Brooklyn. It was quite a sight to see.