Monday, September 14th, 2015
Water main work that is expected to continue through at least October is disrupting small businesses along Myrtle Avenue, multiple merchants said.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began shutting water off in phases between Classon Avenue and Hall Street in order to replace underground pipes that have been there since 1908, officials said. But local businesses say the agency hasn’t done a very good job of keeping them informed in a timely manner.
Friday, June 19th, 2015
The first employees walk into Bronx’ Il Forno Bakery daily at 7 a.m. – just three hours after the final wave of workers leave.
Staffing the bakery means long days and nights for members of the Eduardo family, whose patriarch, Ramón, founded the Hunts Point business a decade ago. He runs Il Forno with the help of his daughter and co-manager, Jenny, as well as his sons.
The younger Eduardos are proud of the bakery, which supplies bread to more than 350 restaurants. But their Dominican-born father worries that his American-reared children are not hungry enough to chase the success he’s fought for, loaf by loaf.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Isaiah Owens’ curiosity about funerals began at age 5 when he helped bury animals on the South Carolina farm where he grew up. The first time he saw a human corpse was during the funeral of his aunt.
After touching her head, he knew his calling was to become a funeral director.
Owens attended New York’s American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, from which he graduated in 1969. He went on to build his Owens Funeral Home in Harlem, billing it as the place “Where beauty softens grief.”
“I make people look like they are all in heaven,” said the funeral cosmetologist.