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.

Shady Chinatown Phone Dealers Pile on Extra Charges

Business, Crime, In the News May 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

The World Journal reported on yet another scam targeting residents of Chinatown last week. Chinese customers complain that the deals offered by unauthorized cell phone sellers come loaded with hidden charges.

There are currently 450 7-Elevens in New York, but the company has its sights set on opening more than 40 this year and 350 more in the next seven years.(Photo by Juan Matossian/EDLP)

With 7-Eleven Set to Expand, Bodega Owners Prepare for Slurpee Invasion

Business, Latino May 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

In New York City, the colorful array of Latino bodegas, Korean groceries and corner stores of every culture display goods that defy corporate standardization. But with 7-Eleven planning to nearly double its stores in the city over the next decade, these small businesses are at risk, along with their owners, El Diario reports.

Among the community's preparations for the Lubavitch pilgrimage, signs to prevent blocked driveways will be posted. (Photo via the Queens Chronicle)

Voices in Focus: Neighborhood Braces for an Influx of Jewish Pilgrims

Business, History May 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

A Queens community prepares for the annual Lubavitch pilgrimage to the grave of their sect’s leader; a call for cool heads in the brewing “pushcart wars”; historical treasures buried in a Lower East Side basement; and a grungy Chinatown gaming arcade re-opens as a family-friendly games center.

Yoshihide Yonezawa, the director of Yo-C Salon on East Fifth Street, gives Nobuko Miyazaki an initial "chop cut."(photo by Serena Solomon)

Japanese Hair Salons Bring Harajuku Style to East Village

Business, Immigration May 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The Harajuku suburb in Tokyo is famous for its wild street fashion, popularized internationally by the singer Gwen Stefani. Now New Yorkers can bring a bit of authentic Harajuku style to their own looks, at one of a dozen or so Japanese-style hair salons clustered in the East Village, DNAinfo reported.

Sami, known as one of the first Mexican burreros, holds up a sealed contained of pasta de mole that someone from Puebla, Mexico sent to a relative in Brooklyn. (Photo by Zaira Cortes / EDLP)

Special Delivery: ‘Burreros’ Offer Personal Package Service

Business, Mexican, Transportation May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

For some Latinos, delivering a package does not mean going through FedEx, but instead hiring a “burrero” (Spanish for “donkey”) — a person who makes a living traveling between countries to deliver goods. Burreros can bring news of family members, or even accompany children traveling without their parents, El Diario reports.

Photo via News Kann

Bill Mandating English Signage Worries Business Owners

Business May 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

News of a proposed new law that would require business owners to post signs in English has some business owners in the diverse immigrant enclave of Flushing, Queens worried, the Korean publication News Kann reported.

(Photo via Colorlines)

Another Take on the ‘Patel Motel Cartel’

Business, South Asian May 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

In his new book, sociologist Pawan Dhingra examines the Indian-American dominance of America’s motel industry, where more than half of all motels are owned by Indian immigrants or their descendents, and 70 percent of those owners bear the Gujarati surname Patel.

MSG Sports President Scott M. O'Neil, Sales Director Tim McCarthy and Executive Vice President Greg Economou joined John Wang, President of the Asian American Development Center, to promote the company's relationship with Chinese businesses. (Photo by Shan Liu/World Journal)

After Linsanity, Madison Square Garden Courts Chinese Business

Business, Sports May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Since Jeremy Lin broke out as the New York Knicks’ star point guard, Madison Square Garden has been working to cash in on his popularity in the Chinese community by reaching out to Chinese businesses.

Staropolski Meat Market & Deli (Photo by Wojtek Maślanka/Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Deli Closes in a Changing Greenpoint

Business, Eastern European May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The closing of Staropolski Meat Market & Deli, which catered to the Polish community for 21 years, reflects the changing demographics of a neighborhood where rents have skyrocketed, elderly Poles are moving back to Poland and some Poles are moving to cheaper neighborhoods.

photo by Jeff Mays

A Harlem Cafe Asks its Community for Help

Business, Food April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

In a neighborhood that is changing rapidly, the East Harlem Cafe has styled itself as a kind of informal community center, DNAinfo reported. That’s why the owner, Michelle Cruz, is asking her patrons and supporters to help her raise $10,000 for improvements to the cafe.

Former workers at Babi Nail Salons earned a small victory when a jury decided that their employer was guilty of labor violations. (Photo by  Ross Barkan/Queens Tribune)

The Real Price of That Bargain Mani-Pedi

Business, Labor April 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

A cheap manicure and pedicure is considered an entitlement of city life by many New Yorkers. But trouble has been brewing in the city’s nail salon industry, where workers say they’re underpaid, abused and exploited.

Judith Ruano (Photo by Patrick Wall/DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: An International Scoop For a Local Publication

Business, Education, Media April 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Black Star News follows up with “Kony 2012” scoop; street vendor turned restaurant owner finds new set of challenges; Scott Stringer appoints 40 new community board members under 40; officials demand investigation into alleged hiring discrimination at Brooklyn College against female Jewish academics.

Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica may have a new life as an Israeli handicrafts and kosher coffee shop. (Photo by By Paul Berger / The Jewish Daily Forward)

Judaica Store’s Savior Seeks to Rebuild LES Jewish Community

Business, History April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

For developer Michael Bolla, restoring the ailing Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica store on Essex Street is part of his larger plan to bring Jews back to the Lower East Side.

Mohan Singh is one of many cab drivers who are concerned about the New York Police Department's proposed security plan for the World Trade Center site. (Photo by Aline Reynolds/Downtown Express)

Cab Drivers Join Locals to Protest W.T.C. Security Proposal

Business, Transportation March 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

As residents of the Financial District express their disapproval of the New York City Police Department’s plan to set up checkpoints and close streets around the World Trade Center site, taxi drivers have chimed in to say that they’ll avoid downtown, leaving residents stranded, if the plan is implemented.