Small Business

The lifeblood of New York’s economy, small entrepreneurs say they need more assistance and less bureaucratic red tape.
These savvy centenarians have anchored communities and weathered crises from the Great Depression to COVID. Can they withstand further uncertainty?
From Wall Street to Brownstone Brooklyn, business establishments have again grown quiet in response to the pandemic. The Independent Budget Office has added a year to the expected timeline for a full city jobs recovery.
From restaurants to real estate, pandemic-battered industries seek specifics from a new mayor who pledged to be pro-business but has so far provided few specifics.
The incoming administration should create a 300-person technical assistance corps to bring one-on-one aid to small firms — especially those owned by New Yorkers of color, a new Center for an Urban Future report found.
The governor urged the private sector to order employees back to workplaces and make everybody — including customers — get shots. But business owners said it’s up to elected officials to lead the way amid rising COVID rates.
Mass-transit ridership is rebounding faster in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, records indicate. One sign of the times: Many Manhattan underground retail outlets remain “like ghost towns.”
Hundreds of new establishments have received permits to open this year, surging into work-from-home neighborhoods while shunning business districts decimated by the pandemic.
The mayor’s pandemic program to close off corridors to cars provided a lifeline to many businesses last year. But restaurants and merchants along a heavily Hispanic stretch of Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue say they can’t fully come back without financial help.
Crowds are expected Friday when Coney Island’s world-famous rides reopen after a year lost to the pandemic. But notably missing from the People’s Playground are several attractions scheduled for completion long ago.
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The deal Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers made to legalize recreational use of pot includes provisions to help minority- and women-owned businesses. But similar social equity provisions in other states haven’t worked out as planned.
Nearly a year into lockdown, owners of everything from gyms to flower shops say they’re running out of money and time. They’re calling on the de Blasio administration for more immediate help.
Employment growth slowed last month. Now the end of indoor dining and potential new restrictions on public life spell more pain ahead — even with a federal aid infusion, economists say.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio this week both said a lockdown of the in-person economy seems likely. We talked to operators of very different businesses united in girding for an uncertain winter.
Just half of mom-and-pops got loans amid a lack of help with onerous paperwork. And now more help is needed with Gov. Cuomo’s announcement ending indoor dining. See how microbusinesses in your neighborhood fared.
The House’s one-week extension to keep the government going comes with fate of the $908 billion compromise plan in the air. Meanwhile, key unemployment benefits expire soon and some businesses are barely hanging on.
Besieged by COVID-19, hundreds of city business owners, from clothiers to restaurateurs, are facing lawsuits over missed rent payments as revenue has all but vanished for many.
Developers can now apply for a special permit that allows some commercial buildings to gain offices and retail — as long as industrial space is set aside. Here’s how that’s playing out for a longtime manufacturer in Long Island City.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s protection of commercial tenants has been extended to January. But a crisis mushrooms as many have stopped paying, building up a big rent bill and pushing businesses to the brink.