Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
With gas prices at a record high and environmental awareness growing, bike use is on the rise in the city. Since 2000, the number of riders has increased 75 percent, according to the city Department of Transportation.
Some new businesses are popping up to help meet the demand. Meet the self-proclaimed “Drug Dealer of Bikes” — a bus driver whose side business is also in transportation. Meanwhile, the folks at Recycle a Bicycle in the East Village are taking donated bikes, fixing and selling them, with profits going toward the group’s education programs.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
First-time businesswoman Doris Wade looked around her South Harlem neighborhood two years ago and saw a need: services for pets.
So she opened Posh Paws – the first of four pet-services businesses that have opened within three blocks on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in the past two years. The newest is Harlem Hound, a dog-walking and cat-sitting service that debuted in April.
“I’ve worked for animal care services before. They would never go beyond 101st St.,” said Oliver Rhee, the entrepreneur behind Harlem Hound. “It was as if there was an imaginary line that you just didn’t cross.”
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Budget retailers like Target and H&M have been teaming with high-end designers to create affordable fashions. Payless Shoe Source is the latest to jump on the trend, featuring ready-to-wear brands like Abaete, Alice and Olivia.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
The side of a building on 125th Street and Broadway has become a focal point of AIDS awareness in Harlem. Until March, two huge billboards on the building combined to declare, “We’re not taking it lying down!”— the tagline of an ad campaign by The Women’s Institute at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. The posters were replaced by twin ads for the “HIV stops with me” effort sponsored by the state and city health departments.
The messages and their prime Harlem placement come at a time when African-American women are the group with the highest rate of HIV infection in the city — and the nation.