Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras unveils her plan to improve Roosevelt Ave. (Photo by Percy D. Luján, via Queens Latino).

Roosevelt Avenue Deal Met With Hope and Concern

Business, Crime, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Last week’s announcement of a renovation plan for the beleaguered Roosevelt Avenue in Queens has received wide acclaim by the local media, although El Diario-La Prensa also found dissenting voices.

A meeting in Jackson Heights to plan the new Queens Women Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Queens Women Form Chamber of Commerce

Business, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

A group of Queens women has been meeting weekly to organize a new Women Chamber of Commerce where women can learn from and help each other in their businesses, Queens Latino reports.

(Photo by Ross Barkan/City Limits)

Is Diversity to Blame for Sheepshead Bay Slow Recovery?

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment, Immigration March 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that with 40 percent of businesses in Sheepshead Bay still closed after Sandy, there’s few cohesive efforts by local businesses to recover. But is this because of the area’s heavily-immigrant communities?

FreshDirect is hoping to start construction on new headquarters in the Bronx. (Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

No Welcome Mat for FreshDirect in the Bronx

Bronx, Business, Environment, Food, In the News March 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

FreshDirect’s plan to build new headquarters in the Mott Haven has a good and a bad side, but neighbors rather have a full environmental impact study to evaluate how the added traffic and pollution will impact already high asthma rates, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (left) and Vishnu Mahadeo, of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, accuse the city of using fines against small business to boost funds at the expense of businesses in the outer boroughs, especially Queens. (Photo by Joseph Orovic/Queens Chronicle)

‘Borough Bias’ Found in Small Business Inspections

Bronx, Business, Queens March 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Data released by the public advocate’s office finds that small businesses in the outer boroughs receive a disproportionate number of visits by city inspectors, and consequently, a higher amount of fines, the Queens Chronicle and The Riverdale Press report.

Ecuadorean Roots Run Deep, Here and at Home

Ecuadorean Roots Run Deep, Here and at Home

Business, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, South American February 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

As tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans in the metro area prepare to vote in Ecuador’s general elections this Sunday, Feb. 17, El Diario-La Prensa reports extensively on this growing South American community whose numbers reach 600,000 in the tri-state area according to estimates.

Chen Jian Rong (right) to communicate with the applicant to understand the situation. (Reporter Ho boat / photography.)

Few Chinese Businesses Apply for Hurricane Grants

Business, East Asian, Environment February 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy can apply for some of the $1 million available through the city’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Few Chinese businesses, however, have applied, reports World Journal.

BGSQD owners Donnie Jochum and Greg Newton with author Edmund White. (Photo by Lee Brozgol via The Lo-Down).

Queer Bookstore Looks for Permanent Home in LES

Business, Culture, LGBTQ February 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

The pop-up bookstore Bureau of General Services-Queer Division opened last fall in the Lower East Side. The Lo-Down speaks with its owners who explain why they call it a “queer bookstore.”

(Photo by Fang Meng/World Journal)

Problems Pile Up for Chinatown

Business, East Asian, Environment, In the News February 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

For Chinatown’s restaurants and stores, not only has business not recovered to pre-Hurricane Sandy levels, but the latest struggles come on top of the recession, a reduction in foot traffic, businesses fleeing the area, and more recently, the cold weather, reports World Journal.

Three Months On, Still Struggling After Sandy

Three Months On, Still Struggling After Sandy

Business, Environment, Featured Posts, Housing, Social Services February 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Residents and businesses in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island continue to rebuild their livelihoods three months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of it. The community and ethnic press looks at neighborhoods and groups still struggling to recover.

Mohamed Mohamed runs Gold Star Deli Grocery with his father Mohamed and another employee, also named Mohamed (Photo by Kiran Sury via The Brooklyn Bureau).

Yemenis and the Arabification of the Bodega

Brooklyn, Business, Immigration, Middle Eastern, Religion January 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

They serve BLTs made with beef bacon and feel guilty every time they sell beer or a lottery ticket. The Brooklyn Bureau delves into the cultural challenges of increasingly Yemeni-owned bodegas.

Some Hispanic-owned construction firms question if a new law intended to help them will actually hurt their business. (Photo by Thomas Huston, via flickr, Creative Commons License)

New Minority Business Law Under Fire From Some Latino Firms

Business, Economy, Latino, New York, Politics January 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Mayor Bloomberg signed a law aimed at helping minority and women-owned businesses secure contracts with city agencies that has left some Hispanic firms fuming, reports Queens Latino.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty remain closed. (Photo by Sue Waters, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Tourists, Ferries, Parks Feel Pain from Ellis Island Post-Sandy Closure

Business, Economy, Environment, History, Immigration January 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Over two months after Hurricane Sandy, Ellis and Liberty Islands are still closed after damages estimated at $59 million. Extensive flooding and widespread debris have forced the closures, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Socorro Sánchez, owner of a botanica at 103rd Street in Corona. (Photo by Antonia Colodro via Queens Latino)

Corona Shops Struggle to Stay Afloat

Business, Economy, Latino, Queens December 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

QueensLatino visited 103rd Street between Roosevelt and 39th Avenues in Corona, Queens, to find out how Latino business owners are being affected by the still-lingering economic crisis.

(Photo by Elena Popina)

Bronx Business Owners Voice Concerns About Bus Service Plans

Bronx, Business, Transportation December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

One of the busiest bus lines in the city is the subject of a plan to improve bus service and pedestrian safety, but business owners on Webster Avenue object that it would make it harder for customers and delivery trucks to park nearby.