A view of Willets Point. (Photo via Times Ledger)

Arguing Against Willets West Mall

Business, Queens, Real Estate April 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Plaintiffs in the case against Willet West, the mega-mall portion of the $3 billion Willets Point development, believe appellate justices are receptive to their arguments, Times Ledger reports.

(Photo courtesy of Fares “Freddy” Zeideia via Times Ledger)

King of Falafel to Open Restaurant in Astoria

Business, Food, Middle Eastern, Queens April 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The Vendy Award-winning food truck King of Falafel will expand to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Astoria, reports Times Ledger.

Jamaica, Queens intersection (Photo via Queens Courier)

Revitalizing Downtown Jamaica, Queens

Business, Queens, Real Estate April 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

City officials announced a new 21-step program to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, over the next few years, Queens-based publications report.

Teariffic Cafe, a milk tea shop at 51 Mott St., was forced to close because of burdensome rental costs. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

High Rent Pushes Shops out of Chinatown

Business, East Asian, Manhattan, Real Estate April 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Chinatown rents are rising for many businesses, forcing some to move to Brooklyn or Queens and others to go out of business, Sing Tao Daily reports.

A business at Willets POint (Photo by d.aniela, Creative commons license)

Some Businesses Settle Willets Point Suit

Bronx, Business, Environment, Queens, Real Estate April 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Some Willets Point businesses will receive funds to ease their relocation to the Bronx, but others remain opposed to the move, media outlets in Queens report.

(Photo by Gene Han, Creative Commons license)

A Remembrance of Pearl River Mart

Business, East Asian, Manhattan April 7, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Michelle Chen, daughter of the owners, reflects on the humble Chinatown roots of the store and its expansion over more than four decades in business, in a piece for Open City.

Gale Brewer and The Halal Guys co-owner Muhammed Abouelenein (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

A Borough President’s Push to Help Small Businesses Survive

Business, Manhattan April 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced proposals to help the city’s small businesses succeed, citing The Halal Guys as an example of one that has grown and prospered, reports Manhattan Times.

Street vendors like this one could be subject to new regulations (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Polarized Opinions on Street Vendor Regulation

Business, New York April 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

City street vendors are hesitant to embrace proposed regulations including a letter grading system for food carts, El Diario reports.

A recent demonstration against the expansion of the 82nd BID to Roosevelt Avenue. (Photo by Javier Castaño for Queens Latino)

Opinion: 82nd Street Partnership and the ‘Politics of Exclusion’

Business, Opinion, Queens March 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

An opinion piece in Queens Latino argues that the recent agreement on the expansion of the 82nd Street BID to Roosevelt Avenue does not take sufficient account of dissenting views.

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#HackHarlem Sparks Ideas

Black, Business, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Technology, Video March 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

On March 21, #HackHarlem was held for 12 hours to develop ideas for new apps to benefit Harlem.

Cho Hyun-ah, former vice president of Korean Air (Photo via Korea Daily)

Suit Against Korean Air Brought in US Court

Business, East Asian March 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

The flight attendant who served Cho Hyun-ah, the former vice president of Korean Air who forced a plane to return to the gate, has sued both Cho and the airline in NYS Supreme Court in Queens County, Korea Daily reports.

Kellie Terry, executive director at The Point CDC, speaks at a forum at Hostos Community College on March 18, about the need for environmentally-friendly businesses. (Photo by Annamarya Scaccia via The Hunts Point Express)

Ensuring Eco-Friendly Biz in South Bronx

Bronx, Business, Environment, Health March 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Community activists want the city to require environmental impact statements from businesses located in the South Bronx, The Hunts Point Express reports.

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Chinese Lawyer Eyes a ‘Night Market’ in Queens

Business, East Asian, Food, Queens March 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

A Chinese-American lawyer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open a night market in Queens in April, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Mark Crispin Miller, right, said powerful forces have long been working to push Manhattan’s property values through the roof. Other panelists included, from left, Jenny Dubnau, Alfred Placeras, Steve Null, Steven Barrison, moderator Lincoln Anderson and Bob Perl. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via The Villager)

A Way to Save NYC’s Small Businesses?

Business, New York March 13, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Panelists at a recent forum urged the City Council to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act to help businesses in the city in their negotiations with landlords, The Villager reports.

Street vendors on Roosevelt Ave. were also included in plans for developing the BID (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Roosevelt Avenue BID Set to Expand

Business, Latino, Queens March 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Under the leadership of a new director, the 82nd St. Partnership, also known as the Roosevelt Ave. BID, is set to expand. Leslie Ramos included Latino vendors and others in the discussions, and people are positive about the agreement, which still must undergo an approval process, El Diario reports.