Business

Jonnel Doris and Karine Williams at Diversity Plaza (Photo via Queens Examiner)

Promoting MWBEs – at Diversity Plaza and Beyond

Business, Queens September 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Diversity Plaza’s upgrade is being led by a MWBE-certified company, Queens Examiner reports.

This is the second summer in a row Luka Koprivica has come from Montenegro on the J-1 visa program to work at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion. (Photo by Rachel Siford via Times Review)

Worries on LI Over the Future of the J-1 Visa

Business, Labor, Long Island September 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Business owners in North and South Fork voice concerns over the possibility that the J-1 visa program will be eliminated, report East Hampton Star and Riverhead-News Review.

When Cambodian Refugees Came to the Bronx

When Cambodian Refugees Came to the Bronx

Asian, Bronx, Business, Immigration, Manhattan, Southeast Asian, Video September 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

This month’s episode of CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life” takes a look at the story of Cambodian refugees who arrived in the Bronx in the 1980s, the history of jazz music in Asian countries, acid attack survivor Monica Singh, and the ordeal endured by the Chinese owners of Abacus Bank.

Vehicles with paint poured on them. (Photos via Sing Tao Daily)

South of E. Broadway, a Neighborhood Forgotten

Business, Crime, East Asian, Manhattan August 22, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Businesses south of E. Broadway complain that the city is neglecting the neighborhood, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Father Tom Babiuch, from St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward, at mass, which used to be frequented by more than 50 Hispanic parishioners. (Photos via El Diario)

Lost Businesses and Empty Churches after ICE Raid Upstate

Business, Central American, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Religion August 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

An ICE raid in upstate New York that took 28 undocumented immigrants resulted in the closing of the restaurant in which they worked and an atmosphere of panic that has left even local churches empty, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

Xinhua Bookstore (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

The Only Chinese Bookstore in Sunset Park Struggles 

Brooklyn, Business, East Asian August 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Eight years after Xinhua Bookstore opened in Sunset Park to much fanfare, the only Chinese-language bookstore in the neighborhood fights to stay alive as customers turn to digital media, reports Sing Tao Daily.

(Photo via The FilAm)

Queens Filipino Restaurant Abruptly Closes

Business, Food, Queens, Southeast Asian August 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Payag, a Filipino restaurant with a politically active owner known for her pro-Duterte stance, suddenly announced its closure, report The FilAm and Sunnyside Post.

(Photo via Diario de Mexico USA)

Mexican Store in El Barrio Falls Victim to Rising Rent

Business, Manhattan, Mexican, Real Estate August 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

East Harlem’s México Lindo closes its doors after 27 years, Diario de México USA reports.

With quite a few live poultry shops, like this one in Flushing, already established in Chinese neighborhoods, some in the food industry wonder if chicken from China can find a customer base in the U.S. (Photo by Peter Chu via World Journal)

Chinese May Shun Chicken Imported from China

Business, East Asian, Food, New York July 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm

The first shipment of cooked chicken from China, following a new trade deal with the U.S., arrived in early July. World Journal finds that Chinese in New York hesitate to buy the meat.

Krystyna Godawa has run the Park Deli since 2007 (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

The Last Days of a Polish Deli

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Food July 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Park Deli, a popular deli in Greenpoint that has been at the same location since 1931, will close down at the end of July due to rising rent. Nowy Dziennik speaks to its Polish owner.

Some have criticized the lack of Spanish language outreach. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

‘Inwood Action Plan’ Appraised

Business, Housing, Manhattan July 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Reaction to the release of the Inwood Action Plan by the city was mixed, Manhattan Times reports.

‘Happy Cleaners’ to Tell Experiences of Korean Diaspora Family

‘Happy Cleaners’ to Tell Experiences of Korean Diaspora Family

Business, East Asian, Queens June 30, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Some second-generation Korean Americans are about to start filming “Happy Cleaners,” in an effort to chronicle the experiences of the Korean diaspora, reports Korea Daily.

Along with Korean nail salon owners and dry cleaners in Flushing, Queens, on Jan. 19, Assemblymember Ron Kim requested that $50 million be added to the 2017 state budget to fund struggling small businesses. (Photo via Korea Daily)

State Aid: Too Little, Too Late for Korean Businesses?

Business, East Asian, New York, Politics June 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm

Korean nail salon and dry cleaning business owners are considering leaving the business because of costly new regulations, and they doubt that new legislation awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature will help, reports Korea Daily.

Financial Empowerment for Immigrants: A New Guide

Financial Empowerment for Immigrants: A New Guide

Business, Communities, Education, Immigration June 20, 2017 at 9:46 pm

The New York Immigration Coalition and Qualitas of Life Foundation have issued a new financial guide for immigrants.

Cynthia Koo (Photo by Mike Hong via World Journal)

Dim Sum Stories Told Through Cartoon Illustrations

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan June 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Cynthia Koo came up with the idea of turning dim sum dishes into cartoon characters while eating in her father’s restaurant, writes World Journal. She now runs the successful online business Wonton In A Million.