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.

Former site of Eva Daniels Realty (Photo by Shayna Estulin via The Brooklyn Ink)

Fort Greene’s Black Businesses, Victims of Their Own Success

African American, Brooklyn, Business August 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Changing demographics and the economic revitalization of Fort Greene’s Fulton Street have an unintended victim – the area’s black-owned businesses that once made this ‘black and brown ghetto’ a hub for art and culture, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

(anksampedro/Flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

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.

Photo via News India Times

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.