Ewa Strzałkowska (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Radio Station Goes Silent, Seeks New Home

Business, Media July 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Polskie Radio USA went silent after just half a year on-air, due to rising operation costs. But the creator of the Polish-language radio station, Ewa Strzalkowska, hopes to make a return to the airwaves, Nowy Dziennik reported.

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Polish Airline to Cease Flights from Newark, to the Dismay of Polish Immigrants

Business, In the News, Transportation July 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This fall, LOT Polish Airlines will no longer fly direct routes to Poland out of Newark Airport, forcing travelers to go from JFK or take connecting flights. Polish travel agents and passengers shared their frustration over this decision with Nowy Dziennik.


After Chinatown Bus Crackdown, ‘$1 Buses’ Draw Ire in Flushing

Business, East Asian, Transportation July 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Some Chinatown groups fear new regulations on the horizon for curbside buses could hurt the area’s businesses. Meanwhile, in Queens’ Chinatown in Flushing, some bus operators are pleading for more regulation and enforcement to prevent new “$1 buses” from moving in on their turf.


Immigrants Own Businesses in NYC at Twice the National Rate

Business, Demographics June 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

A recent report by the Fiscal Policy Institute found that immigrants own 36 percent of the small businesses in New York’s metro area. Nationwide, 18 percent of small business owners are foreign-born. Ethnic papers looked at the news from a Korean, Polish and Latino perspective.

After the government shut down three bus companies in Chinatown, Allen Street has become less crowded, to the dismay of local business owners. (Photo by Fan Meng/World Journal)

Bus Companies’ Shutdown Leaves Chinatown Shops Struggling

Business, East Asian June 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Chinatown business owners complain that the shutdown of three major Chinatown bus companies have hurt local supermarkets, restaurants and beverage shops that had relied on bus passengers for business.

Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai speaks to Citibank's Ida Liu and Goldman Sachs' Gloria W. Lio about the Asian American workforce. (Photo via World Journal)

Despite Population Growth, Asian-Americans Feel Marginalized at Work

Asian, Business June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Although Asian-Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the country, many Asian-Americans in business say they do not feel a sense of belonging at work and that they face a glass ceiling when it comes to top jobs.

A still from the YouTube video "Caffe Capri," by Casimir Nozkowski.

Video: Iced Coffee the Italian Way

Business, Featured Posts, Food, Video June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Caffe Capri, run for almost 40 years by Sarah Devita and her brother-in-law Joseph Rinaldi, is an institution in the Italian immigrant community of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Videographer Casimir Nozkowski offers a glimpse of the coffee shop, its regulars and the iced coffee it is famous for.

Food carts and trucks have become increasingly dominant on Manhattan Streets. (DNAinfo/Jill Colvin)  Read more:

Latest Skirmish in Pushcart Wars: ‘Halal Mafia’ vs. Hot Dog Vendors

Business, Crime, Food June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Street vendors made headlines in DNAinfo, this time with a bloody fight between halal and hot dog vendors at City Hall Park, and a SoHo meeting where residents voiced their frustration over what they see as lax enforcement of rules for food carts. Meanwhile, WNYC investigated the black market in street vendor licenses.

A still from Natalia Osipova's video portrait of Dr. Leonid Isakov.

Video: A Pediatrician Who Rarely Sees His Children

Business, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video June 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

A pediatrician with 16 years of experience in Uzbekistan, Leonid Isakov struggled to became a board-certified doctor and open his own clinic in Brooklyn. Now his clinic’s waiting room is filled with his small patients, but Isakov has little time to spend with his own children. Natalia Osipova shot a video portrait of this hard-working immigrant entrepreneur for Voices of NY.

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Latinas Forge Paths in Male-Dominated Kitchens

Business, Food June 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Many women rule their own kitchens at home, but professional kitchens have traditionally been unwelcoming places for women cooks. El Diario La Prensa spoke to two Latina cooks whose determination and passion helped them break through and find jobs in restaurant kitchens.

A Literary Dream — en Espanol — Comes True in Harlem

A Literary Dream — en Espanol — Comes True in Harlem

Business, Latino June 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

We first met Aurora Anaya Cerda when her dream of opening the first Spanish language bookstore in East Harlem was just that — a dream. But last week Anaya Cerda opened her bookstore, La Casa Azul. Our friends at Feet in Two Worlds covered the story, and we translated El Diario’s article.

Workers load a van into a shipping container at 173rd Street and Bathgate Ave., which they said was eventually headed for West Africa. (Photo by Patrick Wall/DNAinfo)

African Immigrants’ Shipping Containers Irritate Neighbors

Business, Immigration, Transportation June 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

In parts of the Bronx, the sight of 40-foot shipping containers on the streets has triggered the ire of some residents, reported DNAinfo. West African immigrants use the containers to send goods back to their native countries.

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Indian-American Woman Accuses Dunkin’ Donuts of Discrimination

Business, South Asian June 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

A New Jersey Indian-American woman has sued the coffee chain Dunkin Donuts, accusing coffee and pastries chain of discriminating against “Asian Indian-American women of color,” News India Times reported.

Rags to Riches: Sam Zemurray grew up poor Russian Jewish immigrant. He got into the fruit business and would up involved in all manner of global intrigue.  (Photo via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Review: a Jewish Fruit Mogul and ‘Berserker’ Who Toppled Regimes

Business, History May 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Jewish Daily Forward’s review of Rich Cohen’s latest book, “The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King,” is an entertaining read in itself. The book tells the story of Sam Zemurrey, a Jewish immigrant who came to America with nothing and went on to become a banana mogul.

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

A Typical — and Atypical — Immigrant Entrepreneur

Business, Featured Posts, Food May 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Ariel Barbouth had no background in the culinary arts when he decided to bring authentic Argentinian empanadas to America. But his passion for the meat pies has paid off.