Mexican Consul Sandra Fuentes-Berain and City officials signed a new alliance agreement to promote workers’ rights. 
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City, Mexican Consulate Team Up to Prevent Worker Abuse

Business, Labor, Latino, Mexican, New York August 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

The Mexican Consulate and OSHA have created an alliance to prevent abuse of Mexican laborers in the tri-state area, El Diario reports.

Willets Point, as seen from Citi Field in April, may stay much the same in the near future as plans to redevelop the area are on hold. (Photo by Michael Gannon via Queens Chronicle)

Whither Willets Point?

Business, Queens, Real Estate August 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

The development of a mall, affordable housing and other parts of a plan for Willets Point are in jeopardy now that the de Blasio administration has declined to join real estate developers in contesting a July ruling against them, reports Queens Chronicle.

A sign from posted at Queen Jane Day Spa (Photo via Korea Daily)

Some Nail Salons Close for the Day to Oppose NYS Actions

Business, East Asian, New York August 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Some nail salons closed on Aug. 25 to demonstrate their opposition to New York State’s inspections, inspired by a campaign by, Korea Daily reports.

Toni “Tripa” Flores, owner of Sepelio Tattoos in Jackson Heights, urges "a dialogue among health experts, the authorities and the artists" to combat illegal tattoo parties. 
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tattoo Parties: The Risks of Clandestine Ink

Business, Culture, Health, Latino, Youth August 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

The state and the city have issued health guidelines for tattoo shops, but underground practices involving minors and alcohol may be beyond their reach, El Diario reports.

Alex Belanchuk of Alex Shoe Repair in Flatbush. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

A Tale of Two Shoe Repairs

Brooklyn, Business, Eastern European, Manhattan August 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Weeks after The Lo-Down covered the shuttering of Alex Shoe Repair on the Lower East Side, Ditmas Park Corner reports on the impending closure of Alex’s Shoe Repair in Flatbush. After at least two decades in business, both faced rent hikes.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Newark Municipal IDs Allow Latinos to Open Businesses

Business, Latino, Metro Area August 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Immigrants who live in Newark, New Jersey, have been able to open 25 businesses in the city thanks, in part, to their municipal ID, finds Reporte Hispano.

“Some people seek me out to fix their figurines when they are badly damaged. They do it because they have beautiful memories attached to them and they want to preserve them.” (Courtesy photo via Diario de México)

Mexican Artisan Restores Religious Statues

Business, Mexican, Religion August 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Socorro Sánchez learned to repair religious images in Mexico and her skills have become her source of income in New York, Diario de México reports.

Gonzalo Bava started out working as a waiter, as many other immigrants do when they first arrive.  (Photo by Gerardo Romo for Voices of NY)

Charrúa: The First Uruguayan Restaurant in Manhattan

Business, Food, Manhattan August 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Immigrant and former waiter Gonzalo Bava opened the first Uruguayan restaurant in Manhattan on the Lower East Side, El Diario reports.

Nail salon owners at a June 5 seminar on meeting labor  department rules and regulations. (Photo by Heeeun Choi via The Korea Times)

Korean Nail Salons: The Need for Better Records

Business, East Asian August 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Owners of nail salons, an attorney notes, should keep addresses and other records on employees even if they are paying them cash, reports The Korea Times.

Check cashers first appeared in New York in the 1940s. (Photo by Mariela Lombard
via El Diario)

Concern Over Check-Cashing Business Expansion

Business, New York August 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

As check-cashing businesses want to start lending money, organizers and customers question the fees and high interest rates of their loans, El Diario reports.

(Photo via Ron Kim's Facebook page)

Worries over Wage Bonds for Nail Salons

Business, East Asian, Latino, New York August 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Assembly member Ron Kim worries that nail salons may face bankruptcy if they have to move too soon to purchase wage bonds as mandated by the state, reports Queens Tribune.

Pam Kwatra (Photo via News India Times)

South Asian Entrepreneur Reflects on New Role

Asian, Business, South Asian, Women August 13, 2015 at 11:54 am

Pam Kwatra, new member of the Economic Development Board, speaks about her role with News India Times.

Co-owner Zio Kwon (with blow dryer in hand) at Ggumizio Hair Club, which he opened with his wife Joanne Jun in Bayside seven years ago. (Photo by Madina Toure via Times Ledger)

Korean Couple Does Hair at Ggumizio

Business, East Asian, Queens August 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

Joanne Jun, who owns Ggumizio Hair Club in Bayside, Queens, with her husband Zio Kwon, tells Times Ledger she values the opportunity to do the hair of people from different backgrounds.

Division Street in Chinatown (Photo by jqpubliq, Creative Commons license)

Chinatown Restaurants Turn to Website to Draw More Customers

Business, East Asian, Food, Manhattan August 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm, an online delivery service for Chinatown restaurants that otherwise wouldn’t offer delivery, could help boost business for an industry beleaguered by rising costs and fewer tourists, reports Sing Tao Daily.

A store on Union St. near Flushing Commons (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Merchants Suffer During Flushing Commons Construction

Business, East Asian, Queens July 31, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Korean merchants along Union Street in Flushing are suffering declining sales and blame the Flushing Commons development, Korea Daily reports.