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A Struggling New York City Café and Theater Get Help from Famous Friends

The West Bank Cafe is a New York City staple, particularly in the tight-knit performing arts community. It is in the Café’s basement theatre, known as the Laurie Beechman Theater, where the first “Sunday in the Park With George” rehearsals were held and Joan Rivers did her last standup routine. But the once-bustling eatery and… Continue Reading

Plexi-Craft: A New York Business in Demand

Plexi-Craft used to be a simple, swanky, high-end, Bronx-based furniture factory. Now it is one of the country’s most sought after businesses. The 60-year-old company has a long history of acrylic resin skills, designing trendy, clear plastic chairs, tables, cabinets, and more. And as the world scrambles to resume some sense of normalcy alongside the… Continue Reading

Supporting Local Businesses This Holiday Season

There is nothing typical about the 2020 holiday season. Celebrations have been curtailed, guest lists have been tightened, and shopping options have been limited. New Yorkers, however, ever resilient and resourceful, are finding ways to keep the holiday spirit alive and support local entrepreneurs and businesses in the process. Primarily organized on social media, these… Continue Reading

New York’s Inaugural Black Restaurant Week Raises revenue for Black-owned Eateries

All of New York City’s businesses are hurting in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. The number of Black-owned businesses in general fell by close to 40% during the crisis. Diners, restaurants, and eateries have been particularly hard hit. Black-owned restaurants across the City have seen revenue fall as much as 80% since March… Continue Reading

FinTru Opens Offices in New York

The UK-based financial services firm FinTrU opened its first North American offices in New York City. The FInTru offices are set up on Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan and represent an international growth for the award-winning fintech company. “Many of our tier one investment bank clients are based in New York so it was… Continue Reading

BIDs to the Rescue

New York City’s BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) and neighborhood organizations are a pivotal lifeline for local shops and stores. The BIDs take on the lion’s share of street cleaning, marketing campaigns, and publicity. The tragic economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have only heightened the need for BIDs. They are helping businesses stay open, advocating… Continue Reading

From Yemen to New York: Historic Coffee Finds a Home

From Yemen to New York: Historic Coffee Finds a Home

Quhwah House is one of Brooklyn’s newest coffee shops. But the traditions and beans which make it special are already eight generations old. Ibrahim Alhasbani, the owner, is from Yemen. He comes from a longline of coffee farmers and is proud to keep the family business alive. Alhasbani decorated the store’s walls with images conveying… Continue Reading

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

Social Media Steps in to Rescue New York City Bookshop

The Strand, New York’s most legendary bookstore, is breathing a sigh of relief, for now.  In late October, Nancy Bass Wyden, the third-generation owner, turned to social media as a last ditch effort to keep from permanently closing Strand’s doors. A typical day sees about 300 web orders; the influx of online orders following Wyden’s… Continue Reading

NY City Businesses That Opened During the Pandemic

NY City Businesses That Opened During the Pandemic

More than 2,800 businesses New York City businesses have shuttered their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Yorkers are known for resilience, and many new businesses successfully opened their doors in the coronavirus economy. The brand new Krispy Kreme shop, a full 4,500 square-foot venue, is open for business in the middle of Times Square.… Continue Reading