NYC Economy

Opinion: Fresh Direct & NYC: A Not So Wonderful Life

During this holiday season, we at NYAGS hope New Yorkers and especially the ESD will consider the importance of traditional small business in New York City. That’s why we’ve put together the following tale based on Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”

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NY Observer: Bodegas: A Tax on Plastic Bags is Ineffective and Harmful

From the New York Observer by Ramon Murphy and NYAGS’ Brad Gerstman: The City Council is once again proposing a regulation, Intro 209, that will make it more difficult for city retailers to successfully do business. This time, it’s a 10 cent tax on all plastic bags, with the stated goal of getting New Yorkers […]

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Empire State Development Announces Public Hearing on Fresh Direct Relocation Plan

There is no real way of knowing how this project will ultimately affect the community and environment around it. NYAGS stands in opposition to ESD’s plan in order to protect the interests of New York’s brick and mortar grocers.

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NYT: In New York, a Nose for Hidden Compartments and Cigarettes

From The New York Times: Deputy Sheriff Donel Davis, who prides himself for having a nose for this sort of thing, walked into a bodega in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, one day this week and looked around: cramped aisles, Boar’s Head cold cuts, candy, the morning papers, sticky buns, cold beer. He walked behind the counter to […]

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De Blasio administration ‘looking very closely’ at enacting a fee on plastic bags

From New York Daily News: Mayor de Blasio’s administration is ‘looking very closely’ at a proposal to add fees to plastic shopping bags. The de Blasio administration is “looking very closely” at a proposal to slap fees on plastic shopping bags, a top city official said Friday. First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris has been conferring […]

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