Miguel Cabrera, with some of his onyx carving work. (Photo By Zaira Cortés)

Treasures Lost to Immigration: Young People, Old Skills

San Antonio Texcala, Mexico, has become a ghost town after the collapse of its onyx industry.

161st Street Business Improvement District head Cary Goodman, underneath railroad tracks near Yankee Stadium that need painting, he says. (Photo by Adi Talwar/Bronx Bureau)

Some BIDs Lack Funds to Improve Neighborhoods

Economy, Government, New York February 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

With meager budgets and limited help from the city, BIDs in the outer boroughs struggle to perform effectively, reports Bronx Bureau.

Orchard and Rivington Streets, NY, circa 1915 (George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress via Zeek)

Opinion: History and the Roosevelt Avenue BID

Economy, History, Immigration, Opinion, Queens February 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

Samuel Stein, writing in Zeek, draws parallels between pushcart vendors of today and a century ago in opposing the Roosevelt Avenue BID.

Madras Mahal owner Nitin Vyas says higher business expenses in New York will not allow an increase in wages. (Photo by reinholdbehringer, Creative Commons License)

Indian-American Businesses Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Business, Economy, Metro Area, South Asian February 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Indian-American business owners worry that they can’t afford to raise workers’ minimum wage to $10.10, as President Obama has recommended, reports News India Times.

High risk zones in Hunts Point are shaded in brown (Federal Emergency Management Agency map via the Hunts Point Express)

Protecting Hunts Point from Super Storms

Bronx, Economy, Environment February 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

The peninsula, a food distribution area for the city, survived Sandy in 2012. Planners want to be sure it weathers future storms, the Hunts Point Express reports.

(Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Lover of Cities, Agent for Change

As City Limits editor, Jarrett Murphy pursues a lifetime commitment to meaningful and provocative journalism.

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Sick Leave Expansion Could Hurt

Bronx, Economy, Health, Politics January 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

If small businesses with just five or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave, the viability of some businesses could be in jeopardy, reports The Riverdale Press.

A view of Lafayette 148 concept store. (Photo via Open City)

Chinatown’s Latest Fashion Statement

Business, East Asian, Economy, In the News, Manhattan January 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Gentrification and high rents are forcing Chinatown’s garment industry to shift from manufacturing to knowledge-based work such as fashion design and retailing, reports Open City.

Proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Routes (Photo courtesy of Pratt Center for Community Development via Brooklyn Bureau)

Bus Rapid Transit in Brooklyn Could Promote Growth

Brooklyn, Economy, Transportation January 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The Pratt Center for Community Development proposes eight new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes in Brooklyn to help workers in transit-deficient neighborhoods get to where the jobs are, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Professor Arturo Ignacio Sanchez speaking about the BID. (Photo Javier Castaño, via Queens Latino)

RACA Voices Renewed Opposition to BID Expansion

Economy, Queens January 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Opponents of the Roosevelt Ave. BID recently rallied at Terraza 7 and screened the documentary “The Vanishing City,” which shows how small and family-owned businesses are displaced, reports Queens Latino.

(Photo by Juliette Dekeyser via The Nabe)

Wine Shops Multiply in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

Brooklyn, Business, Economy December 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Burgeoning wine shops in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are learning to co-exist, but fears of some closing down persist, reports The Nabe.

Rosario Arvelo receiving groceries at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario-La Prensa).

Many Can’t Afford Turkey for Thanksgiving

Economy, Food, Latino, Social Services November 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Unemployment, low wages and cuts to food stamp programs are making families struggle to make ends meet. Even charity organizations can’t provide proper Thanksgiving meals for those in need, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli addressing reporters at the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY GRaduate School of Journalism (Photo by Jehangir Khattak/Voices of NY)

DiNapoli Details Immigrants’ ‘Vital’ Contribution to Economy

Economy, Immigration November 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Immigrants generate one-third of NY’s gross city product, found a report released by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

A Tale of Two Brooklyns: Borough Home to 5 of City’s Poorest Nabes, 2 of Richest

A Tale of Two Brooklyns: Borough Home to 5 of City’s Poorest Nabes, 2 of Richest

Brooklyn, Economy, Revson Covering NYC October 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

According to a new report, wealth in New York City is geographically concentrated, but the poverty’s dispersed. And no place is that displayed better than in Bill de Blasio’s home borough of Brooklyn.

Residents at a June 27 meeting at Hostos Community College demanded FreshDirect officials return to answer more questions from the Community Board. (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Mott Haven Herald)

Pollution, Congestion Fears Over FreshDirect’s Move to South Bronx

Bronx, Economy, Environment, Food July 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Online grocer FreshDirect’s plans to relocate to Port Morris in the South Bronx has generated opposition from local community members. Passions ran high during the first contact between FreshDirect, South Bronx residents and Community Board 1 at a June 27 meeting, reports the Mott Haven Herald.