Been There, Done That

Been There, Done That

Vijay Alimchandani, 56, the manager at La Quinta Inn on the Upper West Side, remembers what it’s like to get by on minimum wage with a family to support. “For us, McDonald’s was a treat,” Alimchandani recalled. “No summer camps. And going out to the movies? Forget...
Still Living at Home

Still Living at Home

Three times a week, Sasha Stjarne takes a 20-minute walk from her parents’ apartment in the East Village to her job downtown. In nice weather, this feels like a luxury. Other times, it feels like a punishment. “I live with my parents to save money,” Stjarne said. “At...
Not much will change

Not much will change

http://cdn.nycitynewsservice.com/blogs.dir/1019/files/2017/05/Jamel-White.mp3 Jamel White has a baby on the way and another one at home, and he makes $12.50 an hour. He lives at home with his parents and works at Organic Avenue, a boutique Manhattan health food store...
Hoping To Save For School

Hoping To Save For School

As a cashier at American NY Bagel in Jackson Heights, Queens, Sarah Camano’s hourly wage rose from $9 to $10.50 when the new law took effect at the end of 2016.The 22-year-old also brings home about $100 extra in tips most weeks. While Camano’s work week is kept...
Taking pride in his work

Taking pride in his work

http://cdn.nycitynewsservice.com/blogs.dir/1019/files/2017/05/Jose-Camacho_1.mp3 Jose Camacho, 32, has been working at the same job at the market in Williamsburg since he left Mexico 12 years ago. Today he sits on a green stand, eating a banana during a break from his...