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Cuomo’s Call for Private Businesses to Require Vaccinations Spurs Demands for a Government Mandate

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.

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Shuttered Subway Shops Show Manhattan’s Lagging Recovery Amid ‘Terrible’ Losses

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."

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Brooklyn Restaurant Renaissance is Cooking, Poised to Overtake Manhattan as City’s Food Capital

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.

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De Blasio’s ‘Open Streets’ Closed to Ailing Businesses Scraping to Raise Cash

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.

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Old Coney Island Amusements Set to Whirl Again Even as New Rides Remain Beached

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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How New York’s New Marijuana Law Plants Seeds of Fairness

The historic legalization measure includes a social justice plan to give a piece of the action to groups targeted by drug wars. Here’s everything you need to know — including when you’ll be able to legally buy weed.

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Will the State Marijuana Bill Pay Off for Black and Brown New Yorkers?

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.

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NYC Small Businesses on the Brink Cast Hopes on New PPP Loans and Rent Deals

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.

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New York City Gained 10,000 Jobs Last Month. Here’s Why They Could Soon Go Away

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.

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These Brooklyn Businesses Survived the Pandemic’s First Nine Months. But January Looks Bleak Without Another PPP Loan

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.

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How NYC Small Businesses Got Short Shrift on PPP Loans

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.

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Unemployment Insurance and Small Business Boosts Hang in Balance for New Yorkers as Washington Delays Pandemic Aid Bill

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.

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NYC Landlords Suing Pandemic-Slammed Small Businesses for Missed Rent

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.

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Queens Elevator Company Pushes Button on New Zoning Option in Bid to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in NYC

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.

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The Other Eviction Moratorium: Storefront and Office Tenants are Hanging on. But for How Long?

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.

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Businesses in Virus Hot Spots Hit for Lack of COVID Safety Measures

Top offenses were for lack of cleaning and screening records, and safety plans. Cuomo is threatening to withhold state funds if the city doesn’t crack down harder.

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New York’s Iconic Souvenir Sellers Getting Squeezed by Tourism Crunch

Business boomed for the past 10 years. But now the New Yorkers who sell tiny Empire State Buildings and Statues of Liberty are under big pressure.

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Paused Jazz Venues Hit a Low Note and Warn Music Could Soon Stop

COVID deaths and closed clubs send a once-intimate community of musicians reeling. Live-streamed gigs, meanwhile, barely keep some once-bustling nightspots like Smalls going.

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Pandemic Puts NYC Subway Shops on Express Track to Closure

Nearly three dozen businesses, from The Bronx to Coney Island, have shuttered since March. "I just couldn’t see hanging on," said the owner of Times Square’s classic Record Mart.

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Feds’ Small Business Loan Program Has $128B Left. Yet City’s Minority Owners Still Struggling to Get Their Share

The deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program is Aug. 8.