Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

Political Movement Brews in Queens Café

BY SOMMER SAADI
It’s 2:15 p.m. when Freddy Castiblanco sneaks in a side door at Terraza 7 Train Café in Jackson Heights and joins the meeting of the Movement for Peace in Colombia.

It’s an unusually large crowd — 13 people sit in a makeshift circle on distressed wooden barstools and a faded paisley couch. The turnout inspires Ramon Mejia, one of the movement’s founders in 1999, to catalog names as each person introduces him or herself.


Recession Bites Restaurants – Restaurants Bite Back

Recession Bites Restaurants – Restaurants Bite Back

BY PAULA NEUDORF

On a busy street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Carlos Torres is managing a near-empty restaurant. Businesses are packed in like shoeboxes on this block of Broadway, between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue, where the brakes of the JMZ screech on the raised tracks overhead. Torres is the manager of Zocalo, a four-year-old Mexican restaurant whose small storefront is easy to miss.
“I’m going to be honest with you,” Torres said. “This year was really hard.”


Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

Coco Bread Brings Jamaica to the North Bronx

BY BAYAN RAJI

Just as Manhattan is notorious for skyscrapers and apartment buildings that consume the city horizon, the Kingston Tropical Bakery makes the block at 226th and White Plains Road famous for the rich, buttery smell of oven-baked goods.
Jamaican-born John and Jessie Levi opened the Kingston Tropical Bakery about 30 years ago.


Ramadan Means Good Business for Hindus in Queens

Ramadan Means Good Business for Hindus in Queens

BY CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN

As the month-long holiday of Ramadan came to a close Sunday, the Muslim commercial strip of Jackson Heights, Queens, was quiet and shuttered, while the Hindu side bustled with Muslim customers. Eid commemorated the end of Ramadan, when Muslims fasted daily from sun up to sun down for a month.


Queens Travel Agency Connects Little Guyana to Home

Queens Travel Agency Connects Little Guyana to Home

BY SCOTT SELL

Walking the tree-lined streets of Richmond Hill, Queens, it’s easy to feel like you’ve taken the A train to the West Indies. Women flow past in colorful saris, Calypso music pounds from passing cars and Guyanese flags hang out of apartment windows. Newsstands sell papers from Georgetown, the capital. One restaurant promises to serve “real back home taste.” But for all the reminders of home this neighborhood offers its 17,600 Guyanese residents, it’s sometimes not enough.


Recession Hits Home for Local Korean Tourism Agencies

Recession Hits Home for Local Korean Tourism Agencies

BY JONATHAN SHIA

Until the economic crisis hit last autumn, 2009 was looking to be a banner year for Dongbu Tour, New York City’s largest Korean tourism firm. Korean tourism had nearly tripled between 2002 and 2008, according to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization, and with Korea’s promised entrance to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program, all signs pointed to continued growth. That is, before the ramifications of the recession became clear.


Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

BY DEREK SIMONS

Most school buses transport fresh minds, but one in Upper Manhattan carries fresh fruit instead.
Francisco Belasquéz arrived from Santo Domingo in 1983 and worked for 10 years selling fruit from a tiny, midtown booth, its footprint carefully marked out on the sidewalk. When he earned enough money to set up his own business, Belasquéz decided he was done with working in restricted spaces—he wanted more freedom, even if it meant leaving his high-traffic spot behind.