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Residents Decry ‘Chinatown is Not a Bus Depot’

Business, Manhattan, Transportation October 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

The possibility of more bus stops for the interstate carriers in Chinatown has many frustrated residents up in arms and yet there doesn’t seem to be a legal way to control the growth, reports The Lo-Down.

A diagram created by the EPA illustrates the role of water in the hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) process. (Photo by EPA, via Bronx Bureau)

Bronx Pols Dispute Pro-Fracking Allegations

Bronx, Business, Environment, Politics September 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

A new report by a non-profit has identified 13 Bronx politicians in the state assembly and senate who received campaign funds from organizations supporting fracking, the controversial method to extract underground natural gas, reports the Bronx Bureau. But many of them dispute the findings of the report.

Small Biz Fear New Jackson Heights BID will Hurt Diversity

Small Biz Fear New Jackson Heights BID will Hurt Diversity

Business, Queens September 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

The proposal to extend a business improvement district (BID) into Jackson Heights and Corona in Queens has local business owners concerned about losing the area’s diversity, reports The Queens Courier.

Citi Bike share stations are a common site in NYC. (Photo by Shinya Suzuki, Creative Commons license)

Bike Shops Assess Citi Bike

Business, Manhattan, Transportation August 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The Citi Bike program, despite all the controversies surrounding it in the beginning, is gaining more public acceptability. Now it’s not just putting more pedaling passengers on the city roads, but also affecting local bike businesses, in both positive and negative ways, reports The Villager.

The Courier spoke to Queens street vendors and businesses about the competition between the them. (Photo by Johann Hamilton via The Queens Courier)

In Queens, Views on Street Vendors are Mixed

Business, Food, Queens August 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Mobile street vendors have long been the subject of public debate with many people wondering if the time has come to regulate them. The Queens Courier interviewed some of these vendors, businesses and customers to gauge sentiment in Bayside and Jackson Heights, Queens.

Tremaine Wright owns the Common Grounds coffee shop in Bed-Stuy, which has been a Safe Space for the LGBTQ community for over six years. “I think defining ourselves as such makes it a comfortable environment for everybody,” she said. “So that people don't feel like they can pick on any particular group or that they can ostracize anyone.” Wright is pictured in Brooklyn's Hebert Von King Park during the 3rd Annual Bed-Stuy Pride event on Aug. 17, 2013. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Brooklyn Bureau)

‘Safe Spaces’ for LGBTQ in Bed-Stuy Businesses

The Audre Lorde Project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, asks local businesses to become safe havens for the LGBTQ, a community which has had an uneasy relationship with police, reports Brooklyn Bureau.

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

‘A-Rod’ Bodega Suffers Ridicule by Association

Brooklyn, Business, Dominican, In the News, Sports August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

The owner of a Brooklyn bodega is thinking of ditching the now infamous name, reports El Diario.

(Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Bringing Nobel-Winning Financing to Hasidic Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Business August 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hebrew Free Loan Society started off assisting Russian Jews but over a century later, it has set its sights on Hasidic small businesses in Brooklyn, lending out money via a micro-finance program, which has its roots in a Nobel Peace Prize-winning trend, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Photo by Artur Malinowski, Creative Commons.

Chinese Students Sell Foreign Puppies

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks July 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Sing Tao Daily profiles an international student from China who is in the lucrative business of reselling puppies he buys from Taiwan. In his most profitable month, he made $40,000.

Dr. Renee Hernandez at Tirado Distillery, the first of its kind in the Bronx since Prohibition. (Photo by Angely Mercado via Mott Haven Herald)

Bronx Doctor Runs P.R.-Inspired Distillery

Bronx, Business, Food July 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

After a tour of a Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico, Dr. Renee Hernández of Mott Haven started dabbing in making his own liqueur, which led to Tirado Distillery, the first distillery in the Bronx since Prohibition, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Calamansi juice, served in Ihawan, a Filipino restaurant in Woodside, Queens. (Photo by Krista/goodiesfirst, Flickr Creative Commons) License)

Popular Filipino Juice Looking to Break into Pinoy US Market

Business, Culture, Food, In the News, Southeast Asian July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

All-Natural Calamansi juice, made from the calamansi citrus fruit, doesn’t just offer Filipinos a taste of home, it’s one of only a few products with Filipino origins to make a foray into the American market, reports The FilAm, which explains the significance of the fruit to the Philippines.

Tourists peruse a catalogue of knock-off handbags near Canal Street. (Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Tribeca Residents Push to Penalize Buyers of Fake Goods

Business, Crime, In the News, Manhattan July 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

A City Council bill that would fine and possibly jail buyers of counterfeit products has garnered renewed attention, with its downtown supporters led by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, reports Tribeca Trib.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario-La Prensa)

Pedestrian Plaza Brings Together Diversity of Queens

Business, Culture, Queens July 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Despite initial objections to Diversity Plaza, the Jackson Heights pedestrian site has brought together small business owners and artists, as well as the diverse communities around the square, thanks in part to an open-air art gallery and festival, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

(Photo via World Journal)

Increase in Chinese Maternity Tourists Draw Community’s Ire

Business, East Asian, Health, In the News, Women June 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Chinese-run maternity centers in the city cater to affluent pregnant women from China who visit the U.S. for the sole purpose of giving birth. This has upset the local Chinese community, especially because some of the women end up getting Medicaid to paid their medical costs, reports World Journal.

Candidates Support Increasing Ad Money City Spends on Ethnic Press

Candidates Support Increasing Ad Money City Spends on Ethnic Press

Business, Elections 2013, In the News, Media, Politics June 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Mayoral candidates react to a report that showed that the Bloomberg administration spends only 18 percent of its advertisement budget in community and ethnic publications.