The coffee tension brewing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, started after Starbucks opened a new location right beside a four-year-old coffee shop, the Pulp and the Bean. Owner Tony Fisher is not necessarily scared of the competition. But he believes Starbucks will usher in even more commercial chains, c ... More >>
In his first Reddit AMA on Tuesday afternoon, Bill de Blasio bashed Bloomberg and "Manhattan foodies," deflected a question about Airbnb, and explained how he would have handled Occupy Wall Street differently. Among the other revelations to come out of the two hour Q&A? De Blasio loves Di Fara Pizz ... More >>
Now that your days off don't mean getting buried in the sand, you're going to want to fill those 48 work-less hours with something productive. Here's a look at this weekend's upcoming events, where you can still shovel ... some tasty food into your mouth.
Ballet collective heads to the joyce
A year ago, designers Dan Barasch and James Ramsey made headlines for their plan to build an underground park where a turn-of-the-century trolley concourse used to be. The Internet hype machine revved its engines, and soon the Lowline Kickstarter had collected over $155,000 to begin the design proce ... More >>
In the context of Christine Quinn's State of the City speech delivered in 2009 at the height of the economic downturn, promising to get New York City its own Internet domain registration name was a trifle. After all, she was pitching a recovery plan to salvage each of the city's major agencies. Whi ... More >>
Cam, Juelz, Jimmy, and Zeke remember the good times
As if the unemployed needed another political showdown in their honor after the fiscal cliff debacle. Yesterday, City Council approved a bill that would bar an employer from hiring you simply because you're unemployed (ironic, given that the unemployed are at the interview for a reason: because the ... More >>
Titus Andronicus supports Local Business
Here's what's going on right now: Cooks are wearing construction helmets fitted with lights to work in the dark, or cooking by flashlight to serve free food. Restaurants without power are using barbecues to shift service to the streets, while mobile vendors park in the darkest shadows they can find, ... More >>
For Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles, everything is meaning less
Representatives from the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce voiced their outrage on the steps of City Hall yesterday over a proposed bill that would lower procurement goals for Hispanic-owned businesses bidding for city work. Earlier this month, the city announced revisions ... More >>
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's support of a revised law aimed at helping women and minority-owned businesses secure contracts with city agencies could cost her Hispanic votes in the upcoming 2013 mayoral election. "[Christine] Quinn is going to lose the Hispanic vote because we're going to ... More >>
Laura Murray, an FIT student by day and live music photographer by night, has a fascination with exposure: "Being able to show people things that are going on all over the world sounds incredible." She admits on her website that she has a "slight case of wanderlust" and her dream job would be a band ... More >>
President Barack Obama will be in town tonight to attend a fundraising event to raise money for his ongoing presidential campaign -- because, well...he's running for president, and attending fundraisers is what people running for president do. Obama's doing what everyone who's ever run for president ... More >>
In today's New-York-City-is-the-best-place-in-the-universe news, Mike Bloomberg has for us the latest success story for the Big Apple: its small business start-ups. In line with the theme of many of the mayor's events so far this year -- promoting innovation in fashion, in film and television ( ... More >>
In what looks like an attempt to win "cool" points with many of the young, tech-savvy voters he has pissed off during his presidency, Barack Obama is hosting a Google Hangout this afternoon, where he'll answer a few not-at-all cherry-picked questions via live video stream. (We hope a lot of questio ... More >>
Yesterday the news that the Park Slope club Southpaw would be turning into an educational center for children broke, and we got comment from co-owner Matt Roffwhose business interests also include Williamsburg's Public Assembly, Greenpoint's No Name Bar, and Crown Heights' Franklin Park ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg fondly remembers his days as a small business owner and likes to share the joy of successful entrepreneurship with New York City start-ups. This time, in the Bronx. The mayor announced today the first city-sponsored business incubator in the borough, which will be part of the ... More >>
We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and if you went shopping the next day you weren't trampled. You may have heard that President Obama got some grief from conservatives for failing to mention God in his Thanksgiving proclamation. But for our rightblogger subjects, this was not the worst outrage of ... More >>
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point among other books, has a new gig: doing speaking engagements for Bank of America. Somehow nobody seems to have known about this, and Bank of America only released the press release today. Gladwell likes money almost as much as he likes p ... More >>
The makings of scintillating dinner conversation CBS News has discovered Foursquare, a "mobile application that allows its 10 million users to virtually check in from their smart phone when they visit a local business."
Regardless of your feelings on how beneficial restaurant inspections are to the general public, we can all agree that where Ray's Candy Store is concerned, the DOH is one vengeful mother.
They're at it again, those crazy kids fighting in Albany over the long-running debate about whether to allow the state's supermarkets to sell wine. This scrap, which pits the supermarket lobby versus the equally powerful liquor store lobby has been going on for years. The Voice even wrote ab ... More >>
Inha Leex Hale/FlickrAlthough they may appear ubiquitous, Korean grocers, with their outdoor fruit and flower displays and inventory of everything from Clif Bars to Cup Noodles, are actually far less common in New York City than they were two decades ago.
Six billion dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? Groupon, the Chicago-based mega-start-up of online group coupons (get it?), turning down a six billion dollar offer from SkyNet Google. The tech giant has more money than God and often uses it to snap up smaller companies. But often, they ... More >>
Via 1010 WINS/CBS2.Small businesses in America are -- as we learned in last night's midterm elections -- struggling! No doubt, the ability for everyday Americans to work for themselves and make money being called into question will move political mountains, but politicians also need Americans to ... More >>
• The 2010 Nobel Peace prize has been awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, political essayist, literary critic, and democracy advocate who is currently serving 11 years in jail on subversion charges. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not appreciate this news one bit, a ... More >>
Copyright the Treats TruckKim Ima and a caramel cream sandwich payload.When she first hit the road in the Treats Truck in 2007, Kim Ima was one of the very first of the new wave of so-called fancy food trucks. Selling homey, retro desserts under the motto of "Not too fancy, always delicious," ... More >>
Illustration via Crain's New York BusinessAt the beginning of the year, the Bloomberg administration pitched the ambitious and dreamily titled idea of the Taxi Cab of Tomorrow, tomorrow being 2014 (maybe then we should call it the Taxi Cab of Today, or the Incomplete Transportation Fiasco?). ... More >>
Never mind.Although Mayor Bloomberg surprised more than a few people last week when he signaled his opposition to Councilmember Jessica Lappin's proposed anti-food truck legislation, it turns out -- unsurprisingly -- that he's not really sympathetic to food vendors after all.
So, maybe you know of this frenetic gang riot in Times Square that local business owners pre-emptively beefed up security for? The same Times Square riot that left a few kids shot and dozens arrested? Well, now you do:
The poor peanut vendor who got his license yanked for taking a bathroom break, Mohammed Shirajul Islam of Astoria Boulevard, appeared with a few dozen advocates of the Street Vendor Project to make his case to the media today across from City Hall. "I was feeling really bad that day," he tol ... More >>
Gov. Paterson has once again proposed a measure that would allow supermarkets to sell wine. This time, he's making the proposal part of his 2010-2011 budget. And once again, depending on who you listen to, it's either the end of the world as we know it, or the second coming of the messiah. ... More >>
This morning Mike Bloomberg embarked on a whistlestop tour of small business in the five boroughs. So far, he's stopped at two bakeries: Holterman's in Staten Island and Cake Man Raven in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. We caught up with him at Cake Man Raven, where the Mayor spread icing on a six-lay ... More >>
This swine flu thing has something for everybody. Supporters of the Earned Paid Sick Time bill -- which would require city businesses to give employees time off for illness, and is now before the city council -- see in the renewed interest in the bug an opportunity. Councilmember Gale Brewer, a tir ... More >>
Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>
Henry Paulson announced today that a tenth of the $200 billion TARP funds for economic recovery will be devoted to "support consumer and small-business loans" -- car loans, credit cards, and other non-mortgage equities. They'll get more money and spend up to $600 billion to buy Fannie Mae, Freddie M ... More >>
by Samuel Breidbart and Sarah Lavery When Mayor Bloomberg visited PS 175 on Monday, he came bearing good news: citywide standardized test scores had dramatically improved and minority students were a big part in making that happen. The mayor celebrated with a small Harlem audience and a group ... More >>
The ongoing war between the forces of gentrification and the middle and working classes of the "old New York" has hit Chinatown too. A new organization, calling itself the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, has taken aim at what it says are three threats to the neighborhood: ... More >>
Too close for comfort? Amid recent revelations about a secret Council slush fund and taxpayer-funded shenanigans at non-profits, the city has denied Councilman Larry Seabrook's near million-dollar request to fund a new non-profit that's located within his district headquarters. The city system of ... More >>
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