Waejong Kim, a co-owner of Loopy Mango, wearing a hat she knitted (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Starts Loopy Knitting Craze

Business, East Asian, New York February 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Korean Waejong Kim, co-owner of the Loopy Mango yarn store in SoHo, has seen the store’s signature yarn products take off globally, Korea Daily reports.

Carlos Menchaca at a Red Hook event last year. (Photo via The Red Hook Star Revue)

Opinion: Menchaca ‘Has Held Fast to Principles’

Brooklyn, Business, Opinion, Politics February 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

The Red Hook Star-Revue offers a spirited defense of Carlos Menchaca, who was ousted as co-leader of the Brooklyn City Council delegation on Feb. 5.

"The Renny" (Photo via Caribbean Life)

A Bid to Save Harlem’s Historic ‘Renny’

Black, Business, History, Manhattan February 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Caribbean Life writes about Harlem’s historic theater complex, The Renny, and moves afoot to save it from demolition.

Chinatown Meat Market Closes after Half a Century

Chinatown Meat Market Closes after Half a Century

Business, East Asian, Food, History, Manhattan February 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Han May Meat Co., a Chinatown fixture for half a century, has closed, reports World Journal.

David and Carolina Bustamante, the brother and sister co-owners of Gallo Restaurant in Patchogue, Long Island. (Photo courtesy of Pablo Lituma Photography 2015 via Long Island Wins)

Gallo Restaurant Helps Drive Economic Revival in LI Town

Business, Food, Latino, Long Island February 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Siblings Carolina and David Bustamante co-own Gallo Restaurant, opened by their father, a Colombian native, who in 2001 saw a chance to revitalize the village of Patchogue-Medford through the then-untapped Latino population, reports Long Island Wins.

Uniqulee (Photo by April Xu via Sing Tao Daily)

Lee Chan’s Shop Adds Fun to Chinatown 

Business, Manhattan February 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Uniqulee, a store unlike any other in Chinatown, sells handcrafts and memorabilia collected from around the world by its owner Lee Chan, reports Sing Tao Daily.

People working in the nail industry are choosing nail polish at a Chinese nail supply store at “2014 Fall NY International Nails and Spa Show” in 2014. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Nail Salons Feel Heat of Chinese Competition

Business, East Asian, New York February 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Korean nail salons in New York are selling their businesses to Chinese owners, Korea Daily reports.

The Flushing Mall in busier times. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Flushing Mall, Now Closed, is Remembered

Business, East Asian, Queens February 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Opened in 2000, Flushing Mall once drew crowds and eager tenants. Now closed, it will be torn down to make way for a new mixed-use development, Sing Tao Daily reports.

“I think it is good for the neighborhood,” said Cab Cabernet. “Location is everything.” (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Cuban Cigars Within Reach – in Upper Manhattan

Business, Manhattan January 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Q Cigars in Inwood has been family-operated since 1891 and providing quality cigars throughout decades of severed ties between Cuba and the U.S., reports Manhattan Times.

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#BHeard at BRIC’s Town Hall on Gentrification

Brooklyn, Business, Housing January 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

BRIC is hosting a town hall on gentrification in Brooklyn on Jan. 28, urging all voices in the borough to #BHeard.

Roosevelt "Rosey" Spivey, 75, cutting hair at the Marble Hill International Unisex Salon on Jan. 15, 2015. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Future Cut Short for Beloved Bronx Barbershop?

Black, Bronx, Business January 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

After 53 years of cutting hair at Marble Hill International Unisex Salon, owner Roosevelt “Rosey” Spivey received a 30-day notice to vacate the premises. Patrons tell The Riverdale Press what the barbershop has meant to them and the neighborhood.

These cigarette packs carry tax stamps of the state of Virginia. (Photo via El Diario)

Cigarette Peddlers Worry Yonkers Residents

Business, Crime, Metro Area January 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

El Diario investigates the lucrative yet dangerous business of selling untaxed cigarettes on the streets with a report from Yonkers.

Musicians and cast members of “Brer Rabbit the Opera: A Funky Meditation on Gentrification" (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via The Brooklyn Paper)

‘A Funky Meditation on Gentrification’

Black, Business, Housing January 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

“Brer Rabbit the Opera: A Funky Meditation on Gentrification” by Bedford–Stuyvesant performance artist Aisha Cousins tells a story of gentrification with the help of African folk tales and funk music, reports The Brooklyn Paper.

An employee of “Forever Together” putting up a poster in Chinese in Flushing. (Photo courtesy of Forever Together)

Korean Businesses Chasing Chinese Customers

Business, East Asian, Queens January 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

With the market for Korean customers saturated, Korean businesses in NY are hiring Chinese speakers and advertising directly to Chinese customers, The Korea Times reports.

Central Harlem (Screenshot via video)

Renaissance or Gentrification in Central Harlem?

Business, Manhattan January 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Locals and business owners weigh in on the new faces, businesses and prices in Central Harlem, in a video in City Limits.