Its a shame that other thread got closed as I used to live in Stamford Hill (between 1997 and 2002) and had some very colourful experiences during that time. Living among the orthodox Jewish community was fascinating. The young boys living in the school behind where I lived certainly knew how to whip up a party! There wasn't any 'integration' every community lived separately but harmoniously. There was even a synagogue next door to a mosque just off the high street.
Oh and Volvos everywhere. The absence of big German cars really doesn't need explaining does it? I used to think it would be very lucrative to open a Volvo service centre there (as opposed to a dealership because those things ran for decades).
There was one branch of Hassidic Judaism that also saw the state of Israel as blasphemy on account that God expelled the Jews from Israel and therefore only God could send them back to the promised land. You used to see posters abou it around the place.