The challenge of going back to school becomes more difficult without a steady job, as indicated by these workers. (Photo by Zaira Cortez via EDLP)

Sandy Could Prove Good for Jobless

Business, Economy, Environment, Latino November 1, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hurricane Sandy could end up creating an array of job opportunities for day laborers, contractors and drivers as the city starts to to rebuild and get workers to and from work in areas without subway service, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Businesses in Chinatown remained open.  (Photo via World Journal)

Chinatown Restaurants Rescue Tourists

Asian, Business, Environment, Food November 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

The few Chinatown restaurants that remained open on Monday catered to tourists and business travelers who had nowhere else to go for a meal, the World Journal reported.

Ramon Valentin worked at the Esmeralda bodega until 8:30 p.m. Monday. (Photo Jose Acosta via El Diario)

Bodega Owners, Livery Drivers Kept Working Despite Sandy

Business, Economy, Environment, Latino October 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Many businesses closed their doors before and during Hurricane Sandy, but a few served their communities until the very end, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Chinese Community Upset at Offensive Halloween Costumes

Chinese Community Upset at Offensive Halloween Costumes

Asian, Business, Culture October 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Fu Manchu and “Chinaman” costumes can be found online to purchase as Halloween costumes, upsetting members of the Chinese community who say these images carry the discrimination and oppression endured by Chinese people in the West as far back as the Gold Rush 150 years ago.

Someone Hernandez feels his family's spending habits helped him reach the American Dream. (Photo by xxx)

Immigrants Baffled by US Debt Culture

Business, Culture, Economy, Featured Posts October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Many immigrants don’t like to carry any debt and are more disciplined about saving than Americans in general, but these good habits can hurt them with a banking industry that relies on credit reports and proof that someone can pay their bills.

Ismael Duran is happy that cleared his name but want to set a precedent with his case. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario La Prensa)

Bodega Owner Falsely Accused Wants his Case to Help Others

Brooklyn, Business, Crime October 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Charges have been dropped against a Brooklyn bodega owner who was wrongfully accused of selling alcohol to an 18-year-old, but he wants to make sure other bodegueros don’t go through the same, El Diario La Prensa reported. The article was translated from Spanish.

(Photo from Dominion of New York)

Closed Hue-Man Bookstore Reemerges

African American, Business, Culture October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

When Hue-Man, a bookstore that catered to a Black audience, shut its doors in the summer, its CEO said it would change its business model. Within a few months, the store has hosted pop-up events and gone online.

Chinese Retail Stores in Broadway (Photo via Korea Times)

Chinese Wholesalers Replacing Koreans on Broadway

Business, East Asian, Economy, Manhattan October 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

The Korean business owners who built and developed the wholesale shopping area on Broadway starting in the 1960s are being displaced by Chinese wholesalers who can offer cheaper prices, the Korea Times reported.


Portugal Selling Apartment in Dakota

Business, Housing, Western European October 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Talk about a return on investment. The government of Portugal is selling an apartment it bought for $250,000 four decades ago in the famous Dakota, where Beatles legend John Lennon lived and die, for $13 million, Luso-Americano reported.

William Espinal, who owns a butcher shop in La Marqueta, is opposed to the proposed district change. (Photo Saundi Wilson via El Diario)

La Marqueta May End Up Outside of El Barrio

El Barrio residents are upset that La Marqueta, long an emblem of Latino life in New York, might end up outside of Spanish Harlem if the new City Council proposed lines are approved, El Diario La Prensa reported.

From left, Elaine Pagan, Brenda Rivera and Miluzca Plaza, three workers at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.

Living La Vida Gambling in Queens

Business, Latino, Queens September 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Latinos are a regular presence at the year-old Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, the city’s first casino, both as customers and employees, reports El Diario La Prensa.

a new set of proposed City Council District maps would seek to consolidate the political power of northern Manhattan. (Image via Manhattan Times)

Voices in Focus: A Plan to Merge Political Power in Upper Manhattan

Business, Culture September 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

From Northern Manhattan updates on redistricting maps and the Word Up bookstore and in Bed-Stuy, a resurgence of the Jewish population, which started leaving in droves in the late 1950s.

Janusz Cisek (in a suit) with Representatives of the Board and the Board of Directors of the PSFCU. In addition to Deputy - Krzysztof W. Kasprzyk, Adviser to the Minister at the Department of Cooperation with Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Photo: Joe Buttermilk / New Official

Poland Pledges $22 Million to Strengthen Diaspora

Business, Eastern European August 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

A Polish minister on a trip to America said the Polish government has set aside $22 million in grants to strengthen its ties to the Polish-American community, Nowy Dziennik reports. The minister visited and hailed the success of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Department of Transportion is cracking down on speedy deliverymen. (James Fanelli via DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: a Safety Crackdown on Food Deliverymen

Business, Politics August 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Among our stories today from New York City’s ethnic and community press: a crackdown on the city’s deliverymen; a call to stand up for voting rights; a vigil to save Alianza Dominicana; profiles of Ponzi scheme victims; and a New Jersey middle school makes Korean classes mandatory.

The owners of the Kum Kang San restaurants, located in Korea Town, Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, are being sued for not paying minimum wage. (Gloria Medina via El Diario)

Waiters, Supermarket Workers Take a Stand on Wage Theft

Business, Labor August 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Wage theft is a perennial issue for immigrants in New York City. Two recent El Diario stories tell of low-wage immigrant workers — at a restaurant and a supermarket — fighting back against bosses that they say exploited them.