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Nas, Resorts World NYC Unveil A $5B Proposal He Says Could Give 'New Opportunities To The Hard-Working Families' In His Hometown Of Queens

Nas is spearheading a plan to change the landscape of New York City. The music icon has partnered with Resorts World Casino New York City and its parent company, Genting America East, to revitalize his beloved Queens neighborhood. As reported by Commercial Observer, Genting America East executives, including the artist, shared plans for a $5 billion redevelopment endeavor to transform the Resorts World establishment into a “Las Vegas-style casino.” The blueprint for the project includes amenities such as 30 new opportunities for food and beverage vendors, a 7,000-seat performance space, and 1,600 new hotel rooms inside the existing Hyatt Regency at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Genting America East also proposed a 350,000-square-foot extension of the Resorts World casino floor. If approved, the move would position the casino as the largest gambling establishment globally, per the outlet. Beyond revenue-generating additions, the proposal includes housing units that could...

Michelle Burk

Mar 1, 2024

How Robert Cummins Became A Multi-Unit IHOP Franchisee And Founder Of The Largest Black-Owned Restaurant Group In New York

New York has always been a central part of Robert Cummins’ life and career. As a music executive in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Brooklyn, NY, native worked alongside New York’s finest such as Jay-Z, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G, and also discovered Foxy Brown. After finding great success in the music business, the former executive vice president of MCA Records went on to pivot into hospitality and business.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 25, 2023

New York City's MTA Cracks Down On Fare Evasion By Using AI Surveillance Technology

New York City is cracking down on public transportation fare evasion.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 28, 2023

After 11 Years In Prison, Derrick Faulcon Opened The First Black-Owned Business In Brooklyn Heights

A Black-owned business’ success in one city has transformed to make history in another.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 27, 2023

DJ Kool Herc's Original Soundsystem Goes For $200K At Auction, Selling For $50K More Than Expected

An impactful and valuable piece of music history recently found a new home. Last week, Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc’s original Soundsystem was sold at Christie’s in New York City, according to mixmag.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 26, 2022

Pinky Cole Once Lost A Restaurant In New York, But Now Slutty Vegan Is Making Its Way To The City After Its Expansion To Alabama

Slutty Vegan fans residing in Alabama are excited about the franchise’s latest expansion. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pinky Cole (@pinky907)  

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 24, 2022

New York City Hall Hosts First-Ever Digital Games Industry Council Meeting To Discuss Building Talent In The Space

On July 12, New York City introduced its first-ever Digital Games Industry Council, according to information shared with AfroTech. Hosted at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer, and leadership from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities came together to discuss how to further expand the city’s digital games industry. Per the information provided, the diverse council works to build a strong talent pipeline for the digital games industry, attract game development studios across the five boroughs, and helps businesses operate and thrive in New York City. The council meeting follows the announcement of Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) partnering with the City University of New York (CUNY) in a $2 million investment toward offering the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design for a public institution at City College of New...

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 14, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams' Fund Receives $1.5M Grant From Pfizer To Expand New York City's STEM Programs

New York City’s STEM programs are actively being supported. Mayor Eric Adams announced on July 11 that pharmaceutical company Pfizer awarded the city’s middle and high schools with a $1.5 million grant, New York Post reports.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 12, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams Partners With CUNY In $2M Investment For Bachelor's Degree In Game Design To Diversify The Industry

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is on to the next area that he wants the city to take part in: Gaming. With a $2 million investment from the City University of New York (CUNY), he has announced that the City College of New York (CCNY) will now offer the city’s first-ever bachelor’s degree in digital game design for a public institution, reports.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 17, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams Proposes Plan To Turn Those Impacted By Cannabis-Related Crimes Into Entrepreneurs

In timing with the 4/20 holiday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made a befitting announcement to the public. According to Fortune, he has vocalized his plan to help marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana-related offenses in the city of New York.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 21, 2022

Here's Why Mayor Eric Adams Says New York City Will Not Be Opening Any New Accounts With Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo’s alleged discriminatory loan practices seem to be coming with consequences as New York City has announced it will no longer open new depository bank accounts with the company, according to an official letter. AfroTech has been tracking the findings surrounding Wells Fargo’s lending practices, and as we just told you, information released by Bloomberg suggested half of the Black applicants who were looking to refinance their homes were rejected. More recently, we reported Wells Fargo received backlash for allegedly rejecting lower interest rates for Black homeowners leading to a proposed class-action lawsuit in San Francisco, CA. In response, it appears New York City is taking a stand against Wells Fargo’s alleged actions in an official statement released Friday, April 8 by Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander. “As the Mayor and Comptroller of New York City, a diverse community where Black homeowners own and are the primary residents of more than a quarter of...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 20, 2022

Plans To Construct New York's First Skyscraper Led By A Majority Black-Led Team Are Officially Underway

Although Black people accounted for a large portion of the New York population, according to the United Census Bureau, for far too long, they have been left out of the ins and outs of a place rooted in our culture. It’s no secret that the Big Apple is known for its skyscrapers. Yet, not a single one that makes up the renowned New York City skyline has been constructed with a majority Black team — that is, until now. EBONY reports that for the first time ever, real estate developers have plans in motion to build the city’s first skyscraper with a majority Black-led team. “This is an opportunity to really create a paradigm shift and to start to build a Black economy that Black companies actually participate in and flourish,” said Craig Livingston, managing partner at Exact Capital. “On our side, as owners of a project, we can decide to spend a billion dollars with Black and Brown companies and for the economics to be shared and to be dissipated throughout specific communities.”

Shanique Yates

Mar 17, 2022

Telfar Clemens Reveals His Popular E-Commerce Brand Will Soon Expand To Its First Brick-And-Mortar Store

When speaking on successful Black-owned businesses, Telfar sits gracefully in the top ranking. With each new release, the apparel brand’s popularity continues to spike in fashion. As previously reported by AfroTech, it became the “it” brand during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since gone on to collaborate with the likes of UGG and Moose Knuckles. The hype around Telfar has reached where many fans are left disappointed when they’re unable to secure their items during the online frenzy that occurs when there’s a drop. But according to Clemens, soon Telfar won’t only be available online. Essence reports that Clemens shared in an interview with The Breakfast Club that Telfar has its first physical store in the works. “There is one coming,” he said. “We’re opening a store this year in New York City. And we’re still deciding where that is going to be. I don’t want to say too much about it, but we’re opening a store this year.” The tidbit is all that has been revealed so far. Therefore,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 15, 2022

Raekwon, Foot Locker, Diadora Collaborate For Initiative Rooted In Community, Music, And Sneaker Culture

When Hip-H op royalty meets sneaker company greatness, it is bound to be something great! Rapper Raekwon has teamed up with Diadora and Foot Locker to launch a community initiative called Community Linx that’s rooted in both music and sneaker culture and encompasses city-specific Diadora N9002 sneaker capsules to be sold exclusively at Foot Locker and Champs Sports. Courtesy Photo “Foot Locker, Inc. is continuously looking for ways to make a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said John Hochadel, Vice President, Global Concepts and Energy at Foot Locker, Inc., in an official news release shared with AfroTech. “We are excited to team with Raekwon and Diadora and collaborate on a program designed to empower and inspire. We look forward to seeing the impact this program has on everyone it touches.”

Shanique Yates

Jan 20, 2022