Tracey Porpora has been on the forefront of covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and its impact on New Yorkers — small business owners in particular. During this time her new business column, “New Businesses in Focus,” switched gears to focus on how individuals business owners reinvented their services and offerings during the pandemic. The new column was dubbed “Staten Island Business Strong,” In addition, her series “Life Upended,” focuses on the stories of those who have been thrust into situations that were unimaginable just a few months before the pandemic began — those who have seen their life completely upended.


Life Upended: With her business closed, single mom fears losing everything

Life Upended: ‘I might have to retire with no money,’ says business owner, 77

Life Upended: ‘I have 3,000 dresses and no buyers’

Life Upended: Laid off for the first time at age 62

Life Upended: With clients gone, single mom takes job shopping for senior citizens

Life Upended: Despite ovarian cancer diagnosis amid coronavirus crisis, nail salon owner to open Monday

Life Upended: Left destitute, single mom focuses on helping others

Life Upended: Comic shop owner is driven by memory of her late partner

Life Upended: 58-year-old forced to shutter new business, then mom gets coronavirus

Life Upended: Jewelry store owner trying not to give up

Life Upended: With gyms still unable to open, dojo owner on brink of ruin

Life Upended: With live concerts banned, musician struggles for survival

Life Upended: In fight to survive, gym owner launches auto business

Life Upended: No opening date in sight for devastated owner of adult day care center


Exclusive: Staten Island tanning salon owner to defy coronavirus orders, will open ThursdayStaten Island restaurant owner says no warning given before liquor license suspended

Exclusive: Opening Monday, S.I. real estate broker to defy coronavirus mandates

Jersey Shore home rentals remain uncertain as summer approaches

Real estate agents: Staten Island market set to ‘explode’ after lockdown is lifted

Rapid testing, government support: How business may restart after coronavirus

Exclusive: Here’s what shopping at the Staten Island Mall will be like when it opens

Coronavirus: Staten Island radio DJs spin music from home

Jersey Shore beaches to open next week: What you need to know

Coronavirus: Macy’s to furlough almost 125,000 employees

Coronavirus and the workplace: How Staten Island’s largest employers are coping

N.Y. bars, venues file lawsuit against state to allow live music ticketed events

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As NY state reopens, I found a new normal away from NYC

Daughter’s new salon honors her brave mom, who died of coronavirus

Coronavirus: Childhood friends wed at virtual beach ceremony

2-time cancer survivor ’Momma Lopez,’ 90, beats coronavirus

Sleeping in car: Heroic nurse leaves home to help support SIUH staff

Huguenot family opens home to heroic nurse who was sleeping in car

Heroic Colorado paramedic, who came to help New York, dies of coronavirus

U.S. Army vet, 82, beats coronavirus: ‘I can’t believe I got another chance’

Turning 50 in wake of coronavirus: A surprise drive-by bashCouple didn’t let coronavirus stop their June wedding


Worker at Staten Island Amazon facility dies of coronavirus

Exclusive: S.I. Amazon confirms yet more coronavirus cases

Amazon workers plan walkout at Staten Island facility Monday due to coronavirus

S.I. Amazon worker with coronavirus quarantined: What protocols are in place?

Exclusive: 3 more S.I. Amazon workers test positive for coronavirus

S.I. Amazon workers rally amid rise in coronavirus cases

Exclusive: As NY state reopens, I found a new normal away from NYC

Cuomo to bar owners: ‘You could lose your liquor license’ for violating reopening plan