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East Harlem »

City Says Small Business Fines Have Been Cut in Half

Fines have dropped to $15.7 million from $32.5 million and the number of violations declined by a third.

Midtown »

Whole Foods Routinely Overcharges for Packaged Foods, Investigators Found

The DCA released a report Wednesday that found Whole Foods mislabeled items with inflated prices.

Bed-Stuy »

Bed-Stuy's First Official Sidewalk Cafes Could Pop Up This Summer

The board approved applications for Eugene & Co., Pilar's Cuban Eatery and Stonefruit Espresso.

Midtown »

Cellphone Store Worker Arrested for Scamming Tourists, Officials Say

More than a dozen customers say Prepaid Mobile overcharged them by hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Inwood »

Illegal Vendors Trashing 207th Street Are Bad for Business, Locals Say

The vendors congregate on a one-block stretch between Vermilyea and Sherman Avenues.

Greenwich Village »

Fifth Avenue Restaurant's Application for Sidewalk Cafe Rankles Neighbors

Claudette restaurant initially promised the Community Board they wouldn't have outdoor seating.

Financial District »

Airbnb-Style Rentals Offer Businesses an Office by the Hour

Local startups are using a new service that allows them to have office space only when they need it.

Forest Hills »

Outdoor Tables Return to Popular Irish Gastropub in Forest Hills

The pub will offer 34 outside seats starting next week, the owners said.

Inwood »

Dyckman Street Starbucks Adds Outdoor Seating

The 12-seat cafe is the fourth outdoor eating space on this stretch of Dyckman Street.

Midtown »

Horse Slams Into Taxi After Running Loose in Central Park, Report Says

A horse named Pumpkin crashed into a cab carrying Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, reports said.

Battery Park City »

Julie Menin, Former CB1 Chairwoman, to Lead Consumer Affairs Dept.

Julie Menin will lead the rollout of the city's new paid sick leave law.

Inwood »

Dispute Over Closing Time Could Jeopardize Mamajuana Sidewalk Cafe

Community Board 12 voted against the cafe after its owner and a councilman disagreed on a closing time.

East Village »

Ousted Astor Place Newsstand Operator to Return Under Deal With City

Jerry Delakas can begin selling papers at his Astor Place newsstand after he starts paying a $9,000 fine.

East Village »

Embattled Newsstand Operator Gets Two Weeks to Strike Deal with City

The city evicted Jerry Delakas from his Astor Place newsstand in December.

Inwood »

MamaSushi Gets CB12 Approval for New Sidewalk Cafe, Liquor License Renewal

Dyckman Street's MamaSushi got a preliminary OK for an expanded sidewalk cafe and liquor license renewal.