Economy

Canners of varying backgrounds discuss a possible "trade" of their inventory. (Photo by Matthew Taub, via Brooklyn Brief)

Brooklyn ‘Canners’ Collective Faces Uncertain Future

Brooklyn, Economy, Real Estate September 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm 0 comments

A Bushwick-based nonprofit that buys cans from people living on the extreme margins of society is facing an uncertain future after its landlord gave it only one option for staying – by purchasing the property at $3.9 million, reports Brooklyn Brief.

Prekindergarten can be a boost for parents, as well as children. (Photo by John Donaghy, via Flickr Creative Commons)

Universal Pre-K Offers Immigrant Mothers an Economic Boost

The city’s new program will allow many in low-income communities to take up paid work.

Ermel Alvarado, owner of Golazo Sport in Bushwick. (Photo by Donzie Barroso via The Brooklyn Ink)

Eastward-moving Bushwick Debates its Future

The Brooklyn Ink captures some of the debate generated by the gentrification-driven changing demographics of Bushwick.

Thousands of fast food employees went on strike yesterday to demand a raise of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario).

Hispanic Fast Food Workers Join Global Strike

Economy, Labor, Latino, New York May 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm 0 comments

El Diario/La Prensa interviews Hispanic workers in New York who were among the thousands of fast food chain employees who went on strike to demand a raise in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

For 50 years, San Germán Records has spread the word about Puerto Rican culture in South Williamsburg (photo by Joaquín Botero via El Diario).

Salsa Store Survives Gentrification on Puerto Rico Ave.

One of the few surviving salsa specialty stores in the city, Brooklyn’s San Germán Records, faces the challenge of surviving a changing music industry and gentrification, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Miguel Cabrera, with some of his onyx carving work. (Photo By Zaira Cortés)

Treasures Lost to Immigration: Young People, Old Skills

San Antonio Texcala, Mexico, has become a ghost town after the collapse of its onyx industry.

161st Street Business Improvement District head Cary Goodman, underneath railroad tracks near Yankee Stadium that need painting, he says. (Photo by Adi Talwar/Bronx Bureau)

Some BIDs Lack Funds to Improve Neighborhoods

Economy, Government, New York February 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm 0 comments

With meager budgets and limited help from the city, BIDs in the outer boroughs struggle to perform effectively, reports Bronx Bureau.

Orchard and Rivington Streets, NY, circa 1915 (George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress via Zeek)

Opinion: History and the Roosevelt Avenue BID

Economy, History, Immigration, Opinion, Queens February 12, 2014 at 11:59 am 0 comments

Samuel Stein, writing in Zeek, draws parallels between pushcart vendors of today and a century ago in opposing the Roosevelt Avenue BID.

Madras Mahal owner Nitin Vyas says higher business expenses in New York will not allow an increase in wages. (Photo by reinholdbehringer, Creative Commons License)

Indian-American Businesses Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Business, Economy, Metro Area, South Asian February 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

Indian-American business owners worry that they can’t afford to raise workers’ minimum wage to $10.10, as President Obama has recommended, reports News India Times.

High risk zones in Hunts Point are shaded in brown (Federal Emergency Management Agency map via the Hunts Point Express)

Protecting Hunts Point from Super Storms

Bronx, Economy, Environment February 3, 2014 at 11:41 am 0 comments

The peninsula, a food distribution area for the city, survived Sandy in 2012. Planners want to be sure it weathers future storms, the Hunts Point Express reports.

(Photo by Gwynne Hogan/Voices of NY)

Lover of Cities, Agent for Change

As City Limits editor, Jarrett Murphy pursues a lifetime commitment to meaningful and provocative journalism.

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Sick Leave Expansion Could Hurt

Bronx, Economy, Health, Politics January 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

If small businesses with just five or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave, the viability of some businesses could be in jeopardy, reports The Riverdale Press.

A view of Lafayette 148 concept store. (Photo via Open City)

Chinatown’s Latest Fashion Statement

Business, East Asian, Economy, In the News, Manhattan January 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

Gentrification and high rents are forcing Chinatown’s garment industry to shift from manufacturing to knowledge-based work such as fashion design and retailing, reports Open City.

Proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Routes (Photo courtesy of Pratt Center for Community Development via Brooklyn Bureau)

Bus Rapid Transit in Brooklyn Could Promote Growth

Brooklyn, Economy, Transportation January 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm 0 comments

The Pratt Center for Community Development proposes eight new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes in Brooklyn to help workers in transit-deficient neighborhoods get to where the jobs are, Brooklyn Bureau reports.

Professor Arturo Ignacio Sanchez speaking about the BID. (Photo Javier Castaño, via Queens Latino)

RACA Voices Renewed Opposition to BID Expansion

Economy, Queens January 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm 0 comments

Opponents of the Roosevelt Ave. BID recently rallied at Terraza 7 and screened the documentary “The Vanishing City,” which shows how small and family-owned businesses are displaced, reports Queens Latino.