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.

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.