Public Advocate Bill de Blasio accused the city of "boroughism" for differences in inspection rates.
Luke's Lobster is set to reopen its South William Street location in the Financial District Feb. 21.
City officials hope to begin handing out checks to devastated homeowners by late spring.
The city's new initiative promotes local businesses in some of Sandy's hardest hit neighborhoods.
The Downtown Alliance awarded 17 lower Manhattan businesses hurt by the storm $266K in grants.
The growth of chain stores in New York accelerated in 2012, according to a new report.
The “Support NYC Small Business” campaign aims to get shoppers to help Sandy-hit businesses.
Falco's Shoe Repair on Steinway Street closed this week after nearly half a century in the neighborhood.
Some worry they may not get to re-open at all before construction starts this summer.
The area's business owners say they need more aid in the form of grants, not loans.
Dozens of businesses in Hunters Point are still trying to recover after Hurricane Sandy.
Lower Manhattan businesses can apply for as much as $20,000 in the "Back to Business" program.
As they look to rebuild, owners say they're uncertain about whether insurance will cover the damage.
Residents and community leaders have started two fundraising groups for neighborhood businesses.
Enterprising Fordham undergrads rent air mattresses, Swiffers and laser lights to fellow students.
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