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Another Take on the ‘Patel Motel Cartel’

Business, South Asian May 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

In his new book, sociologist Pawan Dhingra examines the Indian-American dominance of America’s motel industry, where more than half of all motels are owned by Indian immigrants or their descendents, and 70 percent of those owners bear the Gujarati surname Patel.

MSG Sports President Scott M. O'Neil, Sales Director Tim McCarthy and Executive Vice President Greg Economou joined John Wang, President of the Asian American Development Center, to promote the company's relationship with Chinese businesses. (Photo by Shan Liu/World Journal)

After Linsanity, Madison Square Garden Courts Chinese Business

Business, Sports May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Since Jeremy Lin broke out as the New York Knicks’ star point guard, Madison Square Garden has been working to cash in on his popularity in the Chinese community by reaching out to Chinese businesses.

Staropolski Meat Market & Deli (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka/Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Deli Closes in a Changing Greenpoint

Business, Eastern European May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The closing of Staropolski Meat Market & Deli, which catered to the Polish community for 21 years, reflects the changing demographics of a neighborhood where rents have skyrocketed, elderly Poles are moving back to Poland and some Poles are moving to cheaper neighborhoods.

photo by Jeff Mays

A Harlem Cafe Asks its Community for Help

Business, Food April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

In a neighborhood that is changing rapidly, the East Harlem Cafe has styled itself as a kind of informal community center, DNAinfo reported. That’s why the owner, Michelle Cruz, is asking her patrons and supporters to help her raise $10,000 for improvements to the cafe.

Former workers at Babi Nail Salons earned a small victory when a jury decided that their employer was guilty of labor violations. (Photo by  Ross Barkan/Queens Tribune)

The Real Price of That Bargain Mani-Pedi

Business, Labor April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

A cheap manicure and pedicure is considered an entitlement of city life by many New Yorkers. But trouble has been brewing in the city’s nail salon industry, where workers say they’re underpaid, abused and exploited.

Judith Ruano (Photo by Patrick Wall/DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: An International Scoop For a Local Publication

Business, Education, Media April 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Black Star News follows up with “Kony 2012” scoop; street vendor turned restaurant owner finds new set of challenges; Scott Stringer appoints 40 new community board members under 40; officials demand investigation into alleged hiring discrimination at Brooklyn College against female Jewish academics.

Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica may have a new life as an Israeli handicrafts and kosher coffee shop. (Photo by By Paul Berger / The Jewish Daily Forward)

Judaica Store’s Savior Seeks to Rebuild LES Jewish Community

Business, History April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

For developer Michael Bolla, restoring the ailing Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica store on Essex Street is part of his larger plan to bring Jews back to the Lower East Side.

Mohan Singh is one of many cab drivers who are concerned about the New York Police Department's proposed security plan for the World Trade Center site. (Photo by Aline Reynolds/Downtown Express)

Cab Drivers Join Locals to Protest W.T.C. Security Proposal

Business, Transportation March 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

As residents of the Financial District express their disapproval of the New York City Police Department’s plan to set up checkpoints and close streets around the World Trade Center site, taxi drivers have chimed in to say that they’ll avoid downtown, leaving residents stranded, if the plan is implemented.

Photo by Amy Zimmer

Even in the Face of Adversity, Bratwurst Prevails

Business, Food March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Second Avenue Subway construction and chain stores mushrooming all around may have threatened the 75-year-old German deli Schaller & Weber. But the growing popularity of German-style beer halls, coupled with a new reverence for artisanal foods, has rejuvenated demand for the German meat products that the deli prepares.