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Alibaba Sued in U.S. by Luxury Brands Over Counterfeit Goods
May 20, 2015

A group of luxury goods makers sued Alibaba Group Holding on Friday, contending the Chinese online shopping giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products throughout the world.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA seeking damages and an injunction for alleged violations of trademark and racketeering laws.

The lawsuit alleged that Alibaba had conspired to manufacture, offer for sale and traffic in counterfeit products bearing their trademarks without their permission.

A spokesman for Alibaba declined to comment.

10-cent Grocery Bag Fee Proposed in New York City
April 28, 2014

New York City grocery shoppers may soon face a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper bags, enlisting the nation's largest city in a growing green movement.

The City Council introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose the fee in an effort to spur customers to bring their own reusable bags. Supporters of the bill say it would benefit the city's economy as well as its environment.

"The bags get stuck in storms drains, they cause flooding and they litter our beaches," Councilwoman Margaret Chin of Manhattan, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation, said at a news conference.

Buckyballs vs. The United States of America
March 3, 2014

"We coulda been a Lego! We coulda been a Rubik's Cube!"

Instead, Craig Zucker is in a shared workspace in Brooklyn, N.Y., hanging on. It's like a bad dream: He's no longer selling Buckyballs—the tiny magnetic desk toys that did $40 million in sales in just four years. Instead, the 34-year-old is selling Liberty Balls, chestnut-size magnets that are weaker, lamer and much less lucrative. His trendy Manhattan office is gone, and so are all his employees, save one. The two of them rent this cube inside a former warehouse.

Brite Promotions Names Jason Blake Vice President of Business Development
July 23, 2012

Brite Promotions has hired Jason Blake, formerly vice president of marketing and client partnerships at Shecky's Media, as vice president of business development. He will work out of the agency's Manhattan and New Jersey offices, reporting to senior vice president Pete D'Andrea.

A Room of Its Own
December 1, 2009

"HOME IS WHERE the heart is," may be perfectly cute and philosophical as far as generic cultural idioms go, but ?information-laden it is not. After all, the home is a big place, so where exactly in the house might the "heart" be? The kitchen?

Schmatta: Rags To Riches To Rags (HBO)
October 22, 2009

Schmatta: Rags To Riches To Rags brings to life the vibrant, unexpected history of the Garment District which for many years was the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan, but is now in danger of disappearing. For thousands of immigrants the garment industry was a path to their American Dream, but today most of those jobs are gone.
Click here to read the entire story from HBO.

Bringing Out the Deadstock (GQ)
October 22, 2009

It’s early, but Spring 2010 is shaping up to be a season of storied fabrics. Yesterday we told you about David Hart’s new line of ties, made out of Thomas Mason cotton shirt fabric; and today we got a look at a new collection of khakis, shorts and work shirts that’s cut from the same material Filson uses for those briefcases you see guys carrying around (here in Manhattan, at least).
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Starbucks Closed, Man
February 26, 2008

Millions of Americans are about to feel like the Griswalds in National Lampoon’s Family Vacation (Moose out front should have told you). Desperate for their next venti latte, they will (or, depending on when you read this, they have) approached the local java brewery only to find the doors locked and themselves coffee blocked. That’s right, Starbucks is having an unprecedented three-hour-universe-wide shut down in an attempt to re-energize the barista population (They do know they work all day with caffeine, right?). I can only imagine how the meeting will go. Hopped up managers extolling company pride, talking brightly about the

January 1, 2008

SOME SAY IT was sheer coincidence when presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s poll numbers soared in Iowa and New Hampshire a mere few weeks after Chuck Norris-endorsed, “Huck and Chuck” campaign gear was released on his Web site. Others will say it was inevitable and simply demonstrates the power of a quality promotional product. What can’t be argued, though, is the fact that promotional products go with politics like peas go with carrots. Fittingly, the first political product actually coincided with the first President of the United States, George Washington, who wore a political button during his inauguration on April 30, 1789 in Manhattan. His