Mott Haven LGBTQ leaders unfazed by Bronx lawmaker’s homophobic comments

Prominent local LGBTQ leaders are putting a positive spin on a Bronx councilman’s homophobic statements. It’s no secret that Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., who in the past has compared homosexuality to beastiality, harbors controversial views, but the former state senator and pentecostal reverend’s homophobic comments on a Spanish radio station on Feb. 8, have […]

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Garbage workers demand back pay from Sanitation Salvage on MLK day

On Martin Luther King Day morning, as the temperatures dropped below 6 degrees Fahrenheit, Kenneth Hernandez was bundled in a black puffer coat outside of the Manida Street headquarters of Sanitation Salvage, the controversial Hunts Point trash hauler that shuttered in November. Hernandez, 27, is a former driver for Salvage. His face fell as he recalled years […]

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Workers, advocates rejoice as Sanitation Salvage announces it will close

Embattled trash hauler’s truck killed two in six months Environmental and labor activists hope that the surprise closing of a controversial, private trash collecting company based in Hunts Point, is a first step to reining in the city’s private trash haulers. Once Sanitation Salvage’s trucks stop rumbling through the South Bronx’s streets, they say, those […]

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Public discussion over community land trusts sparks protest

By Rachel Rippetoe and Charlie May on September 25, 2018 at 9:19 am Prominent local businesswoman’s push for “self-gentrification” fuels neighborhood rift Shouting protestors drowned out the advice of bank representatives and developers at a public meeting on Sept. 6, as homeowners in Hunts Point gathered to learn about profiting off their homes amid a swath of […]

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Banana Kelly pushes for a land trust ahead of Southern Boulevard rezoning

By Rachel Rippetoe on October 1, 2018 at 10:33 am A nonprofit in Longwood is rallying residents to fight displacement amid the city’s impending rezoning. About 30 people discussed the rezoning of a 130-block area from Longwood north to Crotona Park, on either side of Southern Boulevard, at the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association on Prospect Avenue […]

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Goatrepreneurs: How this family built a business on fun and farm animals

By Rachel Rippetoe  – Editorial Intern, Nashville Business Journal Aug 16, 2018, 8:46am After a career building video games in San Francisco, Max Knudsen did what any retired tech guru would do: bought a 47-acre farm in Middle Tennessee and, eventually, began a goat business. Shenanigoats, a goat landscaping and events business that Knudsen founded with partner Jamie […]

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Surveys: Metro’s big contractors and minority-owned firms don’t see eye to eye

By Rachel Rippetoe  – Editorial Intern, Nashville Business Journal Jul 20, 2018, 8:22am Minority and women contractors better get ready, Mayor David Briley says, because opportunities for work with Metro are coming. Briley spoke Thursday during the 2018 Business Symposium, hosted every year by Belmont Law School. At this year’s event, Bloomberg Associates and the Metro Nashville Business Assistance Office […]

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‘We’re building CEOs:’ Nashville’s oldest incubator changes with the times

By Rachel Rippetoe  – Editorial Intern, Nashville Business Journal Jul 17, 2018, 8:40am The Nashville Business Incubation Center is undergoing a big shift, and it could mean big things for minority and female entrepreneurs wanting to get in on Nashville’s boom, according to Executive Director Angela Crane-Jones. The incubation center, which is a program designed to help small businesses […]

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All dogs allowed: How this luxury hotel is standing out in Nashville’s crowded field

By Rachel Rippetoe  – Editorial Intern, Nashville Business Journal Jul 16, 2018, 12:14pm Amid an amenities battle between Nashville’s newest luxury hotels, with pillow menus and special yoga sessions and rooftop bars each quirkier than the next, there is Sasha. Sasha is a unique hotel greeter. She is very friendly and children especially love her. If you give […]

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