Represent NYC: Small Businesses Crisis

June 30, 2019

New York City mom-and-pop shops are losing ground and shutting down. As you walk down through the five boroughs you witness large amounts of “for rent” signs hanging from display windows. According to the New York Times, 77% of Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx businesses owners were forced out of their shops because of intense rent hikes, and 40% reported some sort of landlord harassment. This crisis has had such a huge impact on the immigrant community that the Tenement Museum even curated an exhibit, Immigrants Mean Business, in hopes of spotlighting achievements and contribution immigrant business owners have made in New York City throughout the years.

Represent NYC guest-host Council Member Mark Levin is joined by Rud Morales, a small business owner; Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen, Senior Economic Development Organizer Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD); and Daniel E. Alam Economic Development & Technology Policy Analyst Office of Manhattan Borough President, to discuss small businesses in New York.

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"Represent NYC" is a weekly program produced by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) that gives local elected officials and candidates the chance to update voters about the issues shaping the future of the city, and how they'll deliver on campaign promises. The show features a rotating cast of...

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