The city promises a 'holistic' approach to rezoning a corridor along Jerome Avenue. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Bronx Bureau)

Will Jerome Avenue Go the Way of Willets Point?

Bronx, Business, Housing October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Some worry that rezoning a stretch of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx would displace one of the city’s few remaining concentrations of auto service businesses, reports Bronx Bureau.

Rodolfo Munoz, owner of Jalisco Tacos, which he says was the first taqueria in the area when when it opened in the 1980s. (Photo by Ana M. Rodriguez via Mott Haven Herald)

In SW Bronx, Mexicans Take Over Businesses

Bronx, Business, Mexican October 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Businesses are changing hands in neighborhoods like Mott Haven, turning over from Dominican and Puerto Rican to Mexican ownership as members of the older generation retire and move to warmer climes, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Advocates and community members rallied for more affordable housing at Astoria Cove. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan/ Voices of NY)

Astoria Cove: No Affordable Units for Most Needy

Business, Featured Posts, Housing, Queens October 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The Astoria Cove rezoning will set the bar for de Blasio’s affordable housing policy over the next few years. But as the plan stands, will it help the New Yorkers who need it most?

Rendering of the space where empty lots currently stand. (Image via Brooklyn Brief)

Empty Lots in Brooklyn to Become Affordable Spaces

Brooklyn, Business October 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

The [Re]New Lots Markets & Artist Incubator Project is turning two vacant lots in East New York into affordable spaces for artists and retailers, reports Brooklyn Brief.

(Photo via World Journal)

Future Bleak for Small Businesses in Flushing?

Business, East Asian, Queens October 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

As development in downtown Flushing drives up rent and property taxes, small businesses must relocate, sublet, split and rent out space, or lay off employees, World Journal finds.

(Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Armando Cabral’s Journey from Guinea-Bissau to NYC

Model turned shoe designer Armando Cabral was born in Guinea-Bissau, lived in Portugal and England, and now calls NYC home.

Sukkah decorations among other religious items for sale last week. (Photo by Zachary Schrieber, via Tablet Magazine)

Upper West Side’s Judaica Store Hurting

Business, Jewish, Manhattan October 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm

High rent, as well as competition from online vendors and a Jewish museum, spell an uncertain future for one of Manhattan’s last two Judaica stores, reports Tablet Magazine.

Iqbal Ahmed, manager of Next Fragrances. (Photo by  Joanna Socha, via The Uptowner)

East Harlem Businesses Question Loan Program

Business, Manhattan October 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Business owners in East Harlem affected by a gas explosion last March have mixed views about a loan program aimed at helping them, reports The Uptowner.

Quaint homes dot the streets near the Kingsbridge Armory (Photo by Janaki Chadha via Norwood News)

Gentrification in Kingsbridge?

Bronx, Business, Housing, Real Estate October 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Some residents of Kingsbridge are concerned that development might negatively affect the Bronx neighborhood, Norwood News reports.

J.Crew opened its doors in Williamsburg on Friday. (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Chain Store Debate Grows, Again, Out of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Business October 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

As national retailers take over Williamsburg streets, a Brooklyn Brief article considers both sides of the chain store debate and the often conflicting conclusions.

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

‘Little Liberia’ Market Suffers on Staten Island

The spread of Ebola in Liberia is disrupting trade and keeping customers away.

Previewing the Africa Center

Previewing the Africa Center

African, Business, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan September 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm

With music, dance and activities, the new center opened its doors to the community.

With spoofing technology improving for scammers, people receiving such phone calls should be wary. Generally speaking, utility companies will not demand payment over the phone or threaten customers. (Photo via World Journal)

Caller ID Spoofing Scam Hits Flushing

Business, Crime, Queens September 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Scammers spoof a caller ID to defraud one business in Flushing, and the owner warns non-English speaking businessmen may be an easier target, reports World Journal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promoting paid sick leave (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Opinion: A NYC Small-Business Owner on Costs

Business, New York, Opinion September 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

A NYC small-business owner comments on costs, including those associated with the paid sick leave law, in an opinion piece interview in Gotham Gazette.

TuArepa co-owner Francisco Duran (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier)

Chinese-Venezuelan Family Sells Arepas in Queens

Business, East Asian, Food, In the News, Queens, South American September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Queens Courier profiles the Chinese-Venezuelan family behind TuArepa Pizza Cafe, which recently expanded its pizza menu to include Venezuelan dishes.