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New York’s working — at least for now

New York's  working -- at least for now
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‘Tis the season to have a job, and maybe a raise, in much of Midtown West.


On Pier 57, plenty of young ambition

On Pier 57, plenty of young ambition
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Pop-up shops installed this summer inside recycled shipping containers at Pier 57 will close on October 20, with casualties of the pier’s complete renovation scheduled to start around Thanksgiving. What they don’t know is whether they’ll be invited back to be part of “Super Pier,” as the new venue is called. While most of the […]


Luxe Hotels Up the Ante with Amenities

Luxe Hotels Up the Ante with Amenities
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Be it a legendary skyscraper or a new, edgy, avant garde hotel, the lodging industry is spending more and more on extras.


Plaza District Skyscrapers Drive Prices Through the Roof

Plaza District Skyscrapers Drive Prices Through the Roof
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One57, the residential building dubbed “the billionaires club,” is going to change West 57th Street and raise prices when it opens next year.


CB4 Launches Community Job Site

CB4 Launches Community Job Site
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Community Board 4’s new job website hopes to lower unemployment rates in the community by providing local businesses with free job listings.


Cheapest Times Square Hotels Near Extinction

Cheapest Times Square Hotels Near Extinction
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When Times Square was at its seediest, cheap hotels proliferated the area. Only the New York Inn and the Hotel Carter remain, though the Hotel Carter has recently completed renovations and is no longer in the under $100-per-night market.


How Craft Beer is Changing the Industry

How Craft Beer is Changing the Industry
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Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world. However, recent trends towards craft beer have changed the industry, consumer demands as well as the product itself tremendously.


Tiny Turnout in Midtown for Small Business Saturday

Tiny Turnout in Midtown for Small Business Saturday
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Looking into a cosmetic mirror, Kylie Cobb adjusted and examined the frames, occasionally turning to her parents for opinions, hoping to find a pair she felt was comfortable.  Picking up a pair of Fendi frames, she said “I may get this one,” at Manhattan Eyeworks’ 50 percent discount for Small Business Saturday. Sponsored by American […]


No Buyers for the Statue of Liberty?

No Buyers for the Statue of Liberty?
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Despite stocking low-cost, outsourced goods, souvenir stores have had a rough year.


The Bids are High at Christie’s Warhol Auction

The Bids are High at Christie’s Warhol Auction
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Christie’ started the first series of ongoing auctions of Andy Warhol works and raised $17 million. Over the next few years, over 20,000 pieces will be sold for the Andy Warhol Foundation to continue to support the art industry long-term.


Floral Traders Work Hard to Remain in the District

Floral Traders Work Hard to Remain in the District
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Over the last 20 years, the flower district has shrunk and gone through a lot of changes, especially technology and gentrification. However, the local shops in the district still work hard to put a smile on peoples’ faces.


Midtown’s Flowers a Global Industry

Midtown's Flowers a Global Industry
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With the flower district gearing up for the holiday season, shop employees discuss how the plants arrive in New York City


Hockey Lockout Puts Local Businesses in the Penalty Box

Hockey Lockout Puts Local Businesses in the Penalty Box
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While the NHL continues its lockout between players and owners this year, local business around Madison Square Garden are already gearing up for the effects of a lost season.


Gap Nabs First-Ever MetroCard Ad Spot

Gap Nabs First-Ever MetroCard Ad Spot
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The Metropolitan Transit Authority rolled out the first batch of MetroCards with front-facing advertisements for Gap in conjunction with the grand opening of their newly renovated flagship store on West 34th Street and Broadway.


Fast-Food Outlets Prepare to Lose Over Big Soda Ban

Fast-Food Outlets Prepare to Lose Over Big Soda Ban
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The passing of the ban on sweetened drinks over 16 ounces will affect more than New Yorkers’ waistlines – fast-food franchises are worried about how their profits will change in March when the ban goes into effect.


Natural Sapphires Versus Treated Sapphires

Natural Sapphires Versus Treated Sapphires
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Looking for sapphire jewelries in Manhattan’s Diamond District? Be careful. Do you know the difference between a natural piece and a treated one? Can you distinguish them? How do you feel about the fact that most of the sapphires in the 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue are heat-treated? Read this and find out the truth about “natural sapphires.”


Holiday Tourists Make Their Mark, For Better or For Worse

Holiday Tourists Make Their Mark, For Better or For Worse
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Every year, tourists flock to New York for traditions like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. Are there more tourists this year? And if so, why?


Rough Times for a Resilient Carnegie Hall

Rough Times for a Resilient Carnegie Hall
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Carnegie Hall remains a beacon for musical mastery in NewYork City, but are New Yorkers still wondering about “how” to get to Carnegie? Or are they dwelling on the “why”?


Some Travelers Maintain Holiday Plans Despite Predictions of Decline

Some Travelers Maintain Holiday Plans Despite Predictions of Decline
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While travel may be down for the holidays, many travelers, including several New Yorkers passing through the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Sunday, are remaining stalwart in their plans to make it home.


Bookstore Boom at Penn Station

Bookstore Boom at Penn Station
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Local businesses in the underground realms at Penn Station report that books sales are on the rise since the closure of Borders.


No Baby Steps for Baby Buggy Charity

No Baby Steps for Baby Buggy Charity
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Baby Buggy founder and president Jessica Seinfeld, along with husband Jerry Seinfeld, visited the Empire State Building to celebrate her organization’s ten year anniversary with a lighting ceremony on December 5. Baby Buggies, dedicated to donating essential items to in-need families, showcased their blue and green lights on the Empire State Building Monday.


Surviving the Economy, One Sandwich At A Time

Surviving the Economy, One Sandwich At A Time
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In hard times, people like their sandwiches. And their burgers, fries and cheesecake. At least that’s what some of New York’s famous delis have been banking on in the current economy. Lucky for them, tight budgets and conservative spending had little impact on profits this year. Some owners say people might even be more likely […]


Ticket Promoters Lure Broadway Attendees

Ticket Promoters Lure Broadway Attendees
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Paid ticket promoters stand outside of the TKTS booth at Times Square to sell same-day performance tickets to loyal customers. Their opinion can be easily bought or found on the list of 10 to 16 shows they have been paid to promote.


Decking the Halls in the Flower District

Decking the Halls in the Flower District
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Flower district stores prepare for their busiest season of the year, and hope that this year will bring an economic turnaround.