A still from the YouTube video "Caffe Capri," by Casimir Nozkowski.

Video: Iced Coffee the Italian Way

Business, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Caffe Capri, run for almost 40 years by Sarah Devita and her brother-in-law Joseph Rinaldi, is an institution in the Italian immigrant community of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Videographer Casimir Nozkowski offers a glimpse of the coffee shop, its regulars and the iced coffee it is famous for.

Food carts and trucks have become increasingly dominant on Manhattan Streets. (DNAinfo/Jill Colvin)  Read more:

Latest Skirmish in Pushcart Wars: ‘Halal Mafia’ vs. Hot Dog Vendors

Business, Crime, Food June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Street vendors made headlines in DNAinfo, this time with a bloody fight between halal and hot dog vendors at City Hall Park, and a SoHo meeting where residents voiced their frustration over what they see as lax enforcement of rules for food carts. Meanwhile, WNYC investigated the black market in street vendor licenses.

A still from Natalia Osipova's video portrait of Dr. Leonid Isakov.

Video: A Pediatrician Who Rarely Sees His Children

Business, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

A pediatrician with 16 years of experience in Uzbekistan, Leonid Isakov struggled to became a board-certified doctor and open his own clinic in Brooklyn. Now his clinic’s waiting room is filled with his small patients, but Isakov has little time to spend with his own children. Natalia Osipova shot a video portrait of this hard-working immigrant entrepreneur for Voices of NY.

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Business, Food June 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Many women rule their own kitchens at home, but professional kitchens have traditionally been unwelcoming places for women cooks. El Diario La Prensa spoke to two Latina cooks whose determination and passion helped them break through and find jobs in restaurant kitchens.

A Literary Dream — en Espanol — Comes True in Harlem

A Literary Dream — en Espanol — Comes True in Harlem

Business, Latino June 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

We first met Aurora Anaya Cerda when her dream of opening the first Spanish language bookstore in East Harlem was just that — a dream. But last week Anaya Cerda opened her bookstore, La Casa Azul. Our friends at Feet in Two Worlds covered the story, and we translated El Diario’s article.

Workers load a van into a shipping container at 173rd Street and Bathgate Ave., which they said was eventually headed for West Africa. (Photo by Patrick Wall/DNAinfo)

African Immigrants’ Shipping Containers Irritate Neighbors

Business, Immigration, Transportation June 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

In parts of the Bronx, the sight of 40-foot shipping containers on the streets has triggered the ire of some residents, reported DNAinfo. West African immigrants use the containers to send goods back to their native countries.

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Indian-American Woman Accuses Dunkin’ Donuts of Discrimination

Business, South Asian June 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

A New Jersey Indian-American woman has sued the coffee chain Dunkin Donuts, accusing coffee and pastries chain of discriminating against “Asian Indian-American women of color,” News India Times reported.

Rags to Riches: Sam Zemurray grew up poor Russian Jewish immigrant. He got into the fruit business and would up involved in all manner of global intrigue.  (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Review: a Jewish Fruit Mogul and ‘Berserker’ Who Toppled Regimes

Business, History May 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward’s review of Rich Cohen’s latest book, “The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King,” is an entertaining read in itself. The book tells the story of Sam Zemurrey, a Jewish immigrant who came to America with nothing and went on to become a banana mogul.

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

Business, Featured Posts, Food May 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Ariel Barbouth had no background in the culinary arts when he decided to bring authentic Argentinian empanadas to America. But his passion for the meat pies has paid off.

Shady Chinatown Phone Dealers Pile on Extra Charges

Business, Crime, In the News May 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

The World Journal reported on yet another scam targeting residents of Chinatown last week. Chinese customers complain that the deals offered by unauthorized cell phone sellers come loaded with hidden charges.

There are currently 450 7-Elevens in New York, but the company has its sights set on opening more than 40 this year and 350 more in the next seven years.(Photo by Juan Matossian/EDLP)

With 7-Eleven Set to Expand, Bodega Owners Prepare for Slurpee Invasion

Business, Latino May 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

In New York City, the colorful array of Latino bodegas, Korean groceries and corner stores of every culture display goods that defy corporate standardization. But with 7-Eleven planning to nearly double its stores in the city over the next decade, these small businesses are at risk, along with their owners, El Diario reports.

Among the community's preparations for the Lubavitch pilgrimage, signs to prevent blocked driveways will be posted. (Photo via the Queens Chronicle)

Voices in Focus: Neighborhood Braces for an Influx of Jewish Pilgrims

Business, History May 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

A Queens community prepares for the annual Lubavitch pilgrimage to the grave of their sect’s leader; a call for cool heads in the brewing “pushcart wars”; historical treasures buried in a Lower East Side basement; and a grungy Chinatown gaming arcade re-opens as a family-friendly games center.

Yoshihide Yonezawa, the director of Yo-C Salon on East Fifth Street, gives Nobuko Miyazaki an initial "chop cut."(photo by Serena Solomon)

Japanese Hair Salons Bring Harajuku Style to East Village

Business, Immigration May 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The Harajuku suburb in Tokyo is famous for its wild street fashion, popularized internationally by the singer Gwen Stefani. Now New Yorkers can bring a bit of authentic Harajuku style to their own looks, at one of a dozen or so Japanese-style hair salons clustered in the East Village, DNAinfo reported.

Sami, known as one of the first Mexican burreros, holds up a sealed contained of pasta de mole that someone from Puebla, Mexico sent to a relative in Brooklyn. (Photo by Zaira Cortes / EDLP)

Special Delivery: ‘Burreros’ Offer Personal Package Service

Business, Mexican, Transportation May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

For some Latinos, delivering a package does not mean going through FedEx, but instead hiring a “burrero” (Spanish for “donkey”) — a person who makes a living traveling between countries to deliver goods. Burreros can bring news of family members, or even accompany children traveling without their parents, El Diario reports.

Photo via News Kann

Bill Mandating English Signage Worries Business Owners

Business May 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

News of a proposed new law that would require business owners to post signs in English has some business owners in the diverse immigrant enclave of Flushing, Queens worried, the Korean publication News Kann reported.