Archive for 'Business and Economics'

A Symbol of Capitalism Celebrates Communism, Stirs Controversy

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Empire State Building lit it’s tower to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in September. More than a couple of people were not psyched. Here’s a slideshow and story.

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Florist Does Brisk Holiday Business

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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Every holiday brings in business for the Sutton Florist flower shop in New Rochelle, but the winter holidays are especially busy. “This is a time when there is a lot of decorating, but no one decorates the week of the holiday. Usually it is done a little at a time and it starts around Thanksgiving,” […]

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Small Business Survival Act Will Wait Until 2010

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .

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New York City Council Member Robert Jackson of Harlem decided last week not to seek a vote on the Small Business Survival Act, a series of protections which he said small businesses badly need. Mayor Bloomberg and real estate leaders opposed the measure.  New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the legislation would be […]

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Trash into Treasures at Grand Central

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .

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Several vendors at this year’s Grand Central Station holiday market are offering goods discreetly fashioned from recycled materials, such as necklaces that were once piles of old magazines and smiling Christmas angels made from cans of bug spray. Some holiday vendors, like handbag company Engage Green, make environmentalism their mission.  Others market the crafts of […]

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Slideshow: Top news stories of 2009

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Associated Press had the very cool idea of allowing Facebook users to weigh in on its annual “Top Stories” list this year. When AP-member editors release their top ten picks for the year’s most important stories in a couple of weeks, the public’s list will be released, too. The differences will be interesting. “Important” […]

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Mortgage Woes Leave Condos Half Built

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Development on a 108 condo building in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn has been stalled for over a year, leaving behind the shell of a building and a neighborhood in outrage. The land was originally purchased in 2005 by the developer Moshe B. Feller. He took out two mortgages, one from Corus Bank for $16 […]

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Cold Steel Vs. Pixels: Marines on Video Games

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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On Nov. 10, almost 5 million people purchased the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”  Raking in $310 million, it was the highest grossing first-24-hours for any entertainment product.  That’s right, no Michael Bay film, Michael Crichton book or Michael Jackson album has made that much in one day. The game is an […]

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(Drag) Queen of Healthy Cooking

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Under the black sky, the crowded sidewalks of Jackson Heights, Queens, grow quiet and bodegas close for the day. As many New Yorkers get ready for bed one Thursday evening, “diva extraordinaire” Soraya Sobreidad comes to life – complete with sassy heels, scarlet leopard-print dress, surgical tape and a succulent dream: To become the queen […]

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Video: Recession in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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When we were assigned in October to interview residents in our neighborhood beats about how the recession affected them, I thought the responses from Brownsville would be predictable. I would be talking to people living on some of New York City’s lowest-income and highest-crime streets. In these types of neighborhoods, every day can feel like […]

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Fans line up to get onboard Spirit Tracks

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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It didn’t bother 20-year-old Ian Scott to be stuck in midtown with no way home at 2 a.m. on Monday. He was happy to wander around the Nintendo World Store, holding his newly purchased copy of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Nintendo’s latest game for its handheld DS system.

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