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.

The Wizard in Ridgewood is closing and reopening again in the Greenpoint, where the popular Polish spent 17 years. (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Electronics Store Heads Back Home to Greenpoint

Bronx, Business, Eastern European December 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

Polish-owned electronics store, Wizard, will move back to Greenpoint after relocating to Ridgewood. Its owner, reports Nowy Dziennik, found that while Poles are moving to other neighborhoods, they still do their shopping in Greenpoint.

The band Friend Roulette playing at Zebulon on April 2011. (Photo by Stefi Sakata via Flickr, Creative Common License)

Popular French Venue Zebulon Closing This Week

Brooklyn, Business, Culture December 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

A popular meeting place for French people in New York, the Zebulon bar in Brooklyn will close definitively this Sunday after eight years of live music, France-Amérique reports.

Great Taste’s owner didn’t know of his restaurants glowing reputation. (Photo by Anelise Chen/OpenCity)

Popular Dumpling Eatery Still Struggles to Make a Profit

Brooklyn, Business, Food, Immigration December 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

The Great Taste Dumpling in Sunset Park is busy with hipsters and foodies, but the popularity hasn’t translated into profits for owner Mr. Chen, a Chinese immigrant who works 18-hour days to keep his business going, reports Open City.

(Photo via OurChinatown)

Chinatown Street Fair Held in Push for Hurricane Rebound

Business, East Asian, Environment, Food December 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Chinese organizations hoped a street fair would be the impetus to move ahead on the long road to recovery for Chinatown. OurChinatown reported that not all small business owners agreed with the idea but others just wanted to get a momentum going.

Coney Island Avenue in Brighton Beach after Hurricane Sandy. (Photo via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Love of Sea Has Meant Much Damage for Russian Businesses

Brooklyn, Business, Economy, Environment November 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

“It’s hard to imagine the level of damage our businesses have suffered,” Alec Teytel, of the Bensonhurst Business Club, told Russkaya Reklama. “Many of them are located in the areas worst hit by the hurricane – all because we, Russians, love to live and work close to the Ocean.”

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

Shopping Site Brings ‘Colore’ to the Mix

African American, Business, Featured Posts, Latino November 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Shopping website Luxe Colore, which means “colorful luxury” in French, is approaching the retail experience in a different way – and incorporating a little color in the process. Launched a year ago by Sunny Newsome, 36, and Tanya Sotillo, 35, Luxe Colore is dedicated to promoting brands and businesses owned by people of color.

Greyhound Gets the Go for a Chinatown Bus Stop

Greyhound Gets the Go for a Chinatown Bus Stop

Business, Manhattan, Transportation November 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Two months after their controversial plan to operate a bus stop outside Seward Park was revoked, Greyhound and its co-carrier Peter Pan have gotten approval for a bus stop at another location, reports

After a series of natural disasters, small business owners are frustrated. (Reporter Chen Zhiyi / photography)

Chinatown Business Owners Blast Government Over Lack of Support

Business, East Asian, Environment, Food November 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Restaurant and small business owners gathered to vent their frustrations over a lack of help from government officials in the aftermath of Sandy, reported World Journal. The damage from the storm is done, the question now is how to get customers back.

Buildings in Rockaway Park, Queens burned in a fire caused by Hurricane Sandy (Photo by Anna Brzostek via Nowy Dziennik)

Poles in Rockaways Defenseless Against Sandy

Business, Eastern European, Environment, Queens November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Poles describe to Nowy Dziennik the horrors left behind by Hurricane Sandy as they pick up the pieces of their stores and lives in this corner of Queens that is home to some 4,000 Polish immigrants.

María R. Martínez and her son Rubén improvised a tacon stand in front of their business on Avenue A in the Lower East Side. (Photo by Carolina Ledezma via El Diario)

Businesses Get Creative After Sandy

Business, Economy, Environment, Food November 3, 2012 at 1:40 am

Restaurant and store owners in the Lower East Side, a neighborhood hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, concocted ways to keeps business going, El Diario La Prensa reported.