Tales of Retail
In the marbled halls of a converted lobby in the Trump Building on Wall Street last week, a party was underway. Rihanna was blasting from turntables manned by D.J. Clue. A line of office workers waited for autographed photographs from baseball once-was Darryl Strawberry. Caterers in bow ties circulated trays of chicken skewers and stuffed peppers.
It almost could have been a nightclub, except that it was 11 a.m. and, in a corner, a woman presided over a table of free antifungal toenail spray samples. Despite the professional athlete and the music, this was a Duane Reade, the opening of the drug store chain’s new flagship store.
The New York Times is poised to announce they’re sending their Wal-Mart reporter, Michael Barbaro, to cover City Hall, according to two people familiar with the move.
Barbaro, who the Times hired from the Washington Post, had his telephone bugged by Wal-Mart after he demonstrated a knack for breaking news Read More
The city and state comptrollers want America’s 10 largest companies to disclose who they make political contributions to.
“Shareholders need full and complete disclosure of companies’ political expenditures to fully evaluate the political uses of the corporate assets,” Bill Thompson said in a public statement.
The companies targeted include Halliburton, Wal-Mart, Entergy and Charles Schwab. Read More
Andrew Cuomo got the nation's largest student loan company to curb its business practices and pay $2 million to educate the public about the industry.
Unlike George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer based his federal PAC in New York.
Joe Bruno promised to a problem with the Saratoga Springs.
Christine Read More
For the record, I don’t care for shopping malls. Or Starbucks. In terms of my personal aesthetic preferences, I am with the contributors to The Suburbanization of New York, a new compilation of essays subtitled, “Is the World’s Greatest City Becoming Just Another Town?”
But muddle-headed thinking is never so irritating as when it’s deployed Read More
Would Ken Fisher, the former City Councilman-turned-blogger, be able to help a developer get a real-estate project through a gridlocked bureaucracy?
City Hall, the monthly published by the folks who bring you Our Town and The West Side Spirit, at one time thought so.
And maybe Read More
“Good rally, guys!” announced UFCW Local 1500 honcho Bruce Both after Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James led a placard-wielding mob in chants of “No Wal-Mart!” and “Not in my neighborhood!”
After all the banter denouncing “poverty-wage jobs” died down around 1:48 p.m., some fired-up protesters blew off steam by dancing to Outkast’s 2003 smash-hit “Hey Ya!” Read More
Local Wal-Mart-resistance forces will gather in Albee Square next week to protest the world’s largest retailer’s apparent plans to “destroy everything that Brooklyn stands for.”
That’s according to Thursday’s letter from the group Wal-Mart Free NYC, which includes a statement from staunch anti-smiley-face-logo activist and graffiti-artist-turned-shopkeeper Leo Gulfam:
“Our people are crazy Read More