Fujianese Immigrants Fuel Growth, Changes

Fujianese Immigrants Fuel Growth, Changes

The influx of Fuzhou immigrants over four decades has impacted major businesses in the Chinese community, reports Sing Tao Daily in a special report that focuses on the Fuzhounese influence in the garment, restaurant and bus industries.

Eduardo Giraldo, left, has a word with Sergio Aguirre  of the Willets Point Defense Committee. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Fines, Followed by Evictions, for Willets Point Mechanics

Business, Latino, Queens June 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

The city’s plan to build commercial properties in Willets Point, Queens, means kicking out the mostly Latino-owned auto body shops there. Queens Latino reports that angered workers and advocates gathered to voice their frustration.

Crime and Costs Hinder Mexican Couriers

Crime and Costs Hinder Mexican Couriers

Business, Latino, Mexican, Transportation June 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Some couriers transporting goods between the city and Puebla, Mexico, and New York find it too difficult to continue making a living off the business due to expensive plane tickets and increasing crime, reports Diario de México.

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Business, Government, In the News, Labor, Latino May 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

A Brooklyn non-profit that helps develop worker-run cooperatives to help immigrants build their own small businesses is one of two groups recognized with the first NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, designed to identify new ideas to reduce poverty.

The mission of the cooperatives is to create sources of employment for the many affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario-La Prensa)

Occupy Sandy Launches Job Co-ops

Brooklyn, Business, Environment, In the News, Latino, Queens May 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Members of Occupy Sandy have launched a cooperative program in Far Rockaway, Queens, intended to train residents with building their own business, in hopes of creating jobs for an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

An assortment of candy welcomed new customers at the opening of New Cost Market in Queens. (Photo via Reporter)

New Market Nets Russians in Queens

Business, Eastern European, Food, Queens May 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

The opening of the first Net Cost Market in Queens was welcomed by loyal customers of the destination store for Russian goods who will no longer have to travel far for their favorite items, reports the Reporter.

Sahadi's started out as a Middle Eastern food store but has expanded into an international gourmet business. (Photo by JolieNY, Flickr Creative Commons License)

An Earful of Immigrants at Work

Business, Immigration, In the News, Labor, Mexican May 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds features “audio postcards” in which people from an immigrant background talk about their job, from a Polish-American worker at Greenpoint bakery Peter Pan to the Lebanese-American owner of family-run food store Sahadi’s.

The piles of trash in the photo taken on November 6, 2012 after Hurricane Sandy may be gone from the streets in the Rockaways, but life still struggles to go on for many still displaced. (Photo by Larry [larryosan], Flickr Creative Commons License)

Still Not Home Six Months After Sandy

Business, Environment, Housing, In the News, Queens April 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm

With yesterday marking the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway-based publication The Wave and Gotham Gazette report on the impact that displacement has had on residents, neighborhoods and government.

Jackson Heights Food Cart Owners Join Cleanliness Program

Jackson Heights Food Cart Owners Join Cleanliness Program

Business, Food, Queens April 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Food cart owners operating in the Jackson Heights and Corona sections of City Council District 25 have joined a voluntary pilot project to keep the streets clean, especially around their carts, says a report published in Queens Chronicle.

New NYS Immigrant Office to Focus on Businesses

New NYS Immigrant Office to Focus on Businesses

Business, Demographics, Immigration April 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Jorge Montalvo, director of the recently unveiled New York State Office for New Americans (ONA), speaks with Garry Pierre-Pierre of CUNY’s “Independent Sources” about the vision and work of the new agency.

(Photo by Susan Sermoneta, via Flickr Creative Commons License)

Off Broadway Fate for Uptown Businesses

Business, Dominican, In the News, Latino, Manhattan April 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Local businesses along Broadway in Washington Heights and Inwood face rising rent and the arrival of chain stores in their fight for survival, reports Manhattan Times. As landlords warm up to upscale businesses, residents say the changes have altered the culture of the community.

Packages of buns, among other homemade goods, will often not have any labels indicating expirations dates or ingredient information. (Photo by Ai Xiang Wang via World Journal)

Whipping Up Fines for Chinatown Bakeries

Business, East Asian, Food, Health, In the News April 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Bakeries in Chinatown have started receiving fines for not including expiration dates or ingredient labels on their homemade goods, reports World Journal. With products made daily and consumed within a day or two, some owners were not aware of the requirement.

Mohammad Sharif cleaned off his cab — parked in a No Parking zone in front of the Madina mosque on First Ave. — as he waited for his food from the halal truck. (Photo by Paul Bufano via The Villager)

Halal Truck and Mosque Hurt Business, East Village Merchants Say

Business, Food, In the News, Manhattan, Religion, Transportation April 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Police in the East Village are dealing with complaints from some merchants that traffic to a mosque and a nearby halal food truck blocks access to their businesses, affecting sales, says a report in The Villager.

Workers in Willets Point, Queens condemned the aggressive evictions after a police raid on Holy Thursday. (Photo via El Diario-La Prensa)

Outcry Over Holy Week Raid at Willets Point

Business, Labor, Latino, Queens, Religion April 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

El Diario-La Prensa reports that police, citing illegal activity, raided shops and made arrests last week in Willets Point, Queens. Thousands of Latino car mechanics could lose their jobs as the industrial area makes way for a commercial district.

Chinatown business (Photo by Adam Fagen, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Chinese Businesses Wary of Future With Paid Sick Leave

Business, East Asian, Health, In the News, Politics April 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

The World Journal speaks to Chinese small business owners who fear that a mandate on paid sick leave would worsen an already dire financial situation.