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Voices in Focus: A Warning to Immigrants on ‘Deferred Action’ Plan

Business, Immigration August 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

In today’s news from New York’s ethnic and community press: advice and resources for undocumented immigrants seeking “deferred action” under a new plan; a Chinese-bilingual charter school in Flushing; and a Dominican food safety scare has repercussions for a Bronx-based salami company.

Activists and former employees of Alianza Dominicana are calling for back pay and a resolution to the situation.

Voices in Focus: Dire Straights for Washington Heights Nonprofit

Business, Culture August 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Today’s stories, selected from New York’s ethnic and community press, focus on small business, including troubled times at community nonprofit Alianza Dominicana, a bakery that changes lives, a look back at Jewish grocers and more.

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NYC’s South Asian Workers Underpaid, Exploited and Harassed

Business, Labor August 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

A new study offers a glimpse of the hazardous working conditions, wage theft and harassment that South Asian workers in New York endure, News India Times reports. It also highlights a burgeoning movement to address this exploitation.

In Williamsburg’s Orthodox Section, It’s ‘No Sleeves, No Service’

Brooklyn, Business, Religion July 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

New York City customers are used to abiding by the “no shoes, no service” rules posted in many restaurants and stores. But dress codes that ban shorts, sleeveless shirts and low-cut necklines in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish section have drawn criticism and started a debate on the limits of religious freedom, reports The Jewish Press.

Loretta Weinberg (Photo via Jewish Daily Forward)

Legislators, Rabbis Object to High Price of Jewish Sunday Burials in N.J.

Business, Religion July 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Jewish religious traditions ban Saturday funerals and mandate a speedy burial for the deceased — which makes Sunday a busy day at Jewish cemeteries. But for New Jersey residents whose loved ones die late in the week, a Sunday burial can bring hefty additional surcharges, found The Jewish Daily Forward.

Dekay 177 creates designs on hats, shirts and jackets. (Photo by Zaira Cortes/EDLP)

Apartment Bodegas and Padlock Vendors: Creative Ways to Make a Buck

Business, Latino July 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

From an apartment bodega to a rigged-up food cart to a handmade belt and sandal stall, El Diario La Prensa reports on some ingenious and unconventional ways that Latinos make extra money in New York City.

Leaders promote efforts to narrow the gap between college educations and the high-tech industry. From left to right: Adam Milligan, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Art Chang (speaking), Jukay Hsu, and Elizabeth Hendrey. (Photo via Sing Tao)

High-Tech Industry Seeks to Bridge College and Real-World Gap

Business, Education July 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Even with one in 10 New Yorkers unemployed, high-tech companies struggle to find employees with the qualifications and practical skills they need — in part because of a disconnect between a college education and the real-world skills needed in a workplace, Sing Tao Daily reported. A new program seeks to address this disconnect.

Los bodegueros Altagracia Aristy y Pablo Ureña muestran la orden de desalojo que los obligará a cerrar su negocio en Tremont, tras 18 años de trabajo. (Photo by Jose Acosta / EDLP)

Faced With Rent Increase, Yet Another Bodega to Close

Business, Latino July 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

With two to three bodegas closing every day in New York, the Spanish America Grocery in Tremont is yet another bodega that has fallen victim to high rent, El Diario reported. The store owners relied on a Dominican credit system to keep their business going in the low-income neighborhood.

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Polish-American Entrepreneurs Balk at Obama’s Comments

Business, Elections 2012, Politics July 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the making of businesses success at an appearance in Virginia caused a stir when some took them as an affront on American entrepreneurship. The comment did not play well among Polish-American entrepreneurs, reported Nowy Dziennik, which also offered a fuller version of the quote.

Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Junot Díaz speaks at Word Up on June 7, 2012. (Photo by Paul Lomax/DNAinfo)

A Tale of Two Independent Bookstores

African American, Business, Culture July 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

One independent bookstore, Word Up, struggles to stay alive, as another, Hue-Man, closes its doors after 10 years, the Manhattan Times reports. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News highlights other bookstores focused on black culture citywide.

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A Chinatown Institution Gets its Own Movie

Business, Culture July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

A new movie filming in Chinatown tells the story of a 92-year-old dim sum restaurant, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, and “the immigrant lives that pulse through its doors,” Eater NY reported. For those interested in being a part of the action, the filmmakers are looking for volunteer extras.

The facility could open as the Al’Mamoor School as early as the fall, according to Aftab Mannan, inset, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center. (Michael Tepper via Queens Chronicle)

Voices in Focus: Muslim Charter School to Open in Flushing

Business, Education July 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Today in our roundup from New York’s community and ethnic press, we have a crack-down on Korean businesses; an op-ed about what President Barack Obama’s shift on immigration policy means for Haitians; a Muslim charter school opening in Flushing; and the passing of Richard Cosby, war hero and father of journalist Rita Cosby.

Poststickers from A-Pou's Taste, in Manhattan's Financial District. (Photo by Justin Chan)

In Land of Halal, a Dumpling Cart Stands Out

Business, Food July 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Our very own Justin Chan recently interviewed a Taiwanese dumpling vendor for the blog of chef Marcus Samuelsson, asking the owner of A-Pou’s Taste, Doris Yao, about the secrets of her success selling dumplings in Manhattan’s Financial District, as well as her thoughts on recent street vendor protests.

Ewa Strzałkowska (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Radio Station Goes Silent, Seeks New Home

Business, Media July 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Polskie Radio USA went silent after just half a year on-air, due to rising operation costs. But the creator of the Polish-language radio station, Ewa Strzalkowska, hopes to make a return to the airwaves, Nowy Dziennik reported.

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Polish Airline to Cease Flights from Newark, to the Dismay of Polish Immigrants

Business, In the News, Transportation July 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This fall, LOT Polish Airlines will no longer fly direct routes to Poland out of Newark Airport, forcing travelers to go from JFK or take connecting flights. Polish travel agents and passengers shared their frustration over this decision with Nowy Dziennik.