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FreshDirect to finally break ground in South Bronx

crainsnewyork.com — After years of delays, lawsuits and other snags, FreshDirect is officially ready to deliver itself to the South Bronx. On Monday morning, the online grocer will break ground on its 500,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the Mott Haven section of the borough. Operations for the 12-year-old company are currently run out of Long Island City, Queens.

Biggest chain stores in NY are not the ones you'd expect

crainsnewyork.com — Dunkin' Donuts rules the Big Apple, according to an annual survey of national chain stores. The retailer this year grew 4%, to 536 stores, holding on to its title for the past seven years as the largest national retailer in the city, the Center for an Urban Future reported Monday in its annual " State of the Chains " ranking.

De Blasio urges pause in protests after cop killings

crainsnewyork.com — Updated: On Monday, less than an hour after visiting with the families of two police officers slain in Brooklyn over the weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a moratorium on the demonstrations for police accountability that have roiled the city in recent weeks.

Cement Bloc becomes latest firm to move downtown

crainsnewyork.com — Updated: The Cement Bloc, an advertising company that focuses on the health care industry, is relocating downtown. The company plans to consolidate locations it has in the Flatiron district and Chelsea in the move. The firm has signed a 55,000-square-foot lease at 32 Old Slip, a 36-story, 1.1 million-square-foot office tower along the East River.

Flatiron School gives itself an A

crainsnewyork.com — Updated: In an effort to prove what many suspect--that a 12-week intensive coding program can offer a better immediate return on investment than four years of college--the lower Manhattan-based Flatiron School has produced its first-ever job placements report. Not surprisingly, given the shortage of skilled tech talent, the report shows that graduating from the program pretty much guarantees a job.
Dec 22, 2014

At $15k for a few weeks, is @FlatironSchool the most lucrative place in NYC to find a "date?"... crainsnewyork.com/article/201412… by @mflamm_reporter

Dec 22, 2014

.@FlatironSchool puts out its first report on how its students do job-wise. Answer: Really well. bit.ly/1JJ5whf

Biggest chain stores in NY are not the ones you expect

crainsnewyork.com — Dunkin' Donuts rules the Big Apple, according to an annual survey of national chain stores. The retailer this year grew 4%, to 536 stores, holding on to its title for the past seven years as the largest national retailer in the city, the Center for an Urban Future reported Monday in its annual " State of the Chains " ranking.

Brooklyn businesses getting 'Googled'

crainsnewyork.com — Google is teaming up with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to help businesses in immigrant and low-income communities better market themselves on the Internet. Starting Jan. 1, chamber employees and Google volunteers will visit small businesses in neighborhoods like East New York, Canarsie and Brownsville to educate business owners about improving their online presence, using social media and improving search optimization results.

Switching horses on carriage bill

crainsnewyork.com — If the bill to ban horse carriages had gone before the Consumer Affairs Committee as originally anticipated, its chairman believes the wheels would have come off the controversial measure. Four of the five committee members are against the legislation, said Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal. "First, I was against it.

NYPD safety protocols | Citibank commodity trading | FreshDirect in the Bronx

crainsnewyork.com — Following the shooting deaths on Saturday of two police officers, the NYPD is implementing new safety protocols. Officers on foot patrol have been told to work only in pairs, sentries have been posted at station houses and detectives will work in teams of three. The department has also ended patrols by unarmed auxiliary officers.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @CrainsNewYork: Morning 10: @NYPD safety protocols | Citibank commodity trading | @FreshDirect in the Bronx bit.ly/13UyWbZ

Medical-marijuana lobby pushes Cuomo

crainsnewyork.com — Advocates of medical marijuana are continuing to push for emergency access to the drug before the state's program is officially ready in 2016. Gabriel Sayegh, managing director of policy and campaigns for the Drug Policy Alliance, said 30 or 40 people rallied outside Gov.

First Niagara to lay off up to 200

crainsnewyork.com — (AP) -- First Niagara Financial Group Inc. says it will eliminate up to 200 jobs companywide in a move aimed at better serving customers and boosting competitiveness. The Buffalo-based bank announced Thursday that it will cut 150 to 200 management positions at its operations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

City's transparency commission quietly resurfaces

Dec 19, 2014

.@TishJames will ask @BilldeBlasio for more $ to fund commission he never really cared for when he had her job.. crainsnewyork.com/article/201412…

Crown Building sells for $1.75B

crainsnewyork.com — Trophy office tower the Crown Building will be sold for $1.75 billion. Jeff Sutton and General Growth Partners is in contract to buy the Art Deco property located at 730 Fifth Ave., according to the New York Post.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @cnybrealestate: The RED Wrap: Crown Building on Fifth Avenue sells for $1.75B via @nypost and more bit.ly/1x4Y4JM