Business

The site of shuttered storefronts has caused concerns all over the city, as commercial rents reportedly rise. (Photo via City Limits)

Report: How Rising Rents Hurt Immigrant Small Businesses

Business, Immigration, New York March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

A study released by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development finds that 77 percent of immigrant small business owners surveyed felt “overburdened” by the rent they currently pay, reports City Limits.

A courtyard in Industry City. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Menchaca Wants Industry City Plans Put on Hold

Brooklyn, Business March 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Council member Carlos Menchaca is asking Industry City to delay their rezoning application for the more than 5 million square feet of land on the Sunset Park waterfront, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Enrique Arbelaez (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Rutgers University Program Seeks to Bolster Black and Latino Entrepreneurs

Black, Business, Latino March 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Led by a Colombian immigrant and businessman, Rutgers University’s “Black and Latino Tech” program seeks to train more minority startup entrepreneurs, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Councilmember Ritchie Torres speaks about his proposed bill to bolster LGBTQ-owned businesses in New York City. (Photo by Matt Tracy via Gay City News)

Push to Certify LGBTQ-Owned Businesses in NYC

Business, LGBTQ, New York March 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

NYC Council member Ritchie Torres is one of the sponsors of a bill that would offer certification to LGBTQ-owned businesses, reports Gay City News.

Sisters Agata (from left) and Paulina, who run Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery with their mother Aleksandra, have been vegan for the past 20 years. (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

A Changing Greenpoint

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European February 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm

A growing number of Polish business owners in Greenpoint have opted for non-Polish store names and offerings that fit the preferences of newer residents, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Danii Oliver, owner of Island to Island Brewery in Flatbush. “I’m not interested in beer that marginalizes people,” she says. “As many people as there are on the planet, that’s as many styles of beer that there are.” (Photo by Regina Bresler via Brooklyn Based)

Spirits and Social Justice at Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, Business, Food February 21, 2019 at 5:02 pm

At Taproom 642, home to Island to Island Brewery, Danii Oliver offers an open space for diverse tastes and diverse communities, reports Brooklyn Based.

The Flushing BID, Council member Peter Koo and community members signed a petition in an effort to restore 40th Road back to its former status as a vibrant commercial district. (Photo via World Journal)

Campaign Launched in Flushing to Clean the Name of 40th Road

Business, Queens February 19, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Council member Peter Koo, the Flushing BID and other community organizations have started an initiative to drive out massage parlors from 40th Road and change the street’s reputation as a red light district, reports World Journal.

Chhaya Community Development Corporation of Queens at a rally opposing the deal with Amazon to build its second headquarters in Queens, NY. Seen in photo, Executive Director Annetta Seecharan, right, addressing the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Chhaya CDC via News India Times)

South Asian Nonprofit Cheers Withdrawal of Amazon

Business, Queens, Social Services, South Asian February 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Chhaya Community Development Corporation explains to News India Times what they took issue with in the Amazon deal.

Tony and Marie Aflak holding their freshly baked pita bread. (Photo by John Alexander via Brooklyn Reporter)

Pita All Day at Mid-East Bakery

Brooklyn, Business, Food, Middle Eastern February 14, 2019 at 11:12 am

Mid-East Bakery stays in the family in Bay Ridge, says Brooklyn Reporter.

Sonia Herrera de Burgas at left in background, and Sabrina Rosado at right in foreground. (Photo by José Martinez via El Diario)

The Latin American Hands behind Fashion Week

Business, Labor, Latino, Manhattan, New York February 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

El Diario La Prensa takes a close look at the Latin American labor and talent in the Garment District that makes Fashion Week possible.

Junior’s friend, Tango outside of the bodega during a memorial. (Photo by Alex Mitchell via Bronx Times)

Site of Killing Becomes First ‘Safe Bodega’

Bronx, Business, Crime February 1, 2019 at 4:29 pm

The bodega, in front of which Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was brutally killed, has become the first “safe bodega” in the city, reports Bronx Times.

Protesting the elimination of the "tip credit." (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Workers Oppose Eliminating Tip Credit

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan, New York January 31, 2019 at 5:39 pm

In Chinatown workers and owners of restaurants and nail salons criticize Gov. Cuomo’s plan to eliminate the tip credit, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Doris  Hernández (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘Betrayal!’ – Community Opposition to Amazon Deal Grows

Business, Government, Latino, Queens January 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm

As the City Council’s concern about Amazon’s planned corporate offices in Queens grows, community activists outraged at the subsidies the city will provide the company are mounting an opposition, El Diario La Prensa reports.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announcing a new campaign to return stolen wages, with
Consul General of Ecuador Linda Machuca (in red patterned dress) at left. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Campaign Seeks to Convince Fearful Immigrants to Claim $2.5M in Stolen Wages

Business, Immigration, Labor, New York January 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer launched a campaign to return over $2.5 million in unclaimed stolen wages, targeting mostly Hispanic workers who are often too afraid to claim them, El Diario La Prensa reports.

José Cruz, a resident of Mott Haven, the Bronx, prepares to take financial advantage of a possible legalization of cannabis in New York. The death of his brother “Che” marked a before and after for José Cruz, who currently devotes much of his time to his organization Young, Fresh and Conscious. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

In Cannabis Legalization Latinos See Business – And Redemption

Business, Health, Latino, New York January 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

As Mayor Bill de Blasio mulls legalizing marijuana in the city, some Hispanic New Yorkers believe it would create business opportunities and reverse some of the damage inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs, El Diario La Prensa reports.