Editorial: Paid leave makes NYC less competitive

New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn joins fellow

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New York City has never knocked itself out to make life easy for the 200,000 small-business owners struggling to make a decent living within the five boroughs.

Say a restaurateur puts out a small sidewalk chalkboard showcasing daily specials more than three feet from her door. She could be zapped with a fine. Say a shopkeeper has metal sidewalk cellar doors that aren't skid-resistant. Boom....

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Figueroa-Levin: Hey, hipsters, get over yourselves


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There's a sickness going around New York City. It's mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but cases have been seen in Queens, the Bronx and even Staten Island.

Symptoms include a compulsion to wear glasses when they aren't needed to correct vision, a desire to wear knitted hats even when the weather is warm, and the adoption of fashion trends from the Victorian era, all for the sake of irony.


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Yankees' lineup depleted with injuries to stars Jeter, Tex and A-Rod

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Who would have thought a year ago that the only two 2012 Opening Day holdovers in the Yankees’ 2013 lineup Monday would be Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner?

But that’s the reality in the Bronx as the Yankees host the rival Red Sox this afternoon.

Three of the nine hitters in last year’s opener (Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez) moved on via free agency. The other four...

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Man flees Tourneau store after nabbing Cartier watch: Police


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A man tried on a high-end watch from a midtown store and bolted out the door without paying, cops said.

The NYPD is looking for the unidentified suspect, who they say on Saturday asked a salesperson to show him a luxury Cartier Ballon Bleu watch at the Tourneau Watch Store on 57th Street.

The man ran onto East 56th Street, according to police.

He was caught on the store's security...

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Staff needs CC Sabathia to lead the way

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If the Yankees find themselves in the postseason this October, the odds are good their pitching will have gotten them there.

That’s not to say there aren’t questions surrounding the rotation.

Many of the most talented arms in the arsenal are a year or two away from retirement, including starters Andy Pettitte (40) and Hiroki Kuroda (38), and closer Mariano Rivera (43).

The Yankees’...

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Woman found dead inside Columbia dorm: Police

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A 21-year-old woman was found dead Sunday inside a Columbia University dorm room that she didn't live in, police said.

Cops responded to a 911 call around 11:48 a.m. of an unconscious woman in the dorm at 70 Morningside Dr. EMTs pronounced the unidentified woman dead a short time later.

At press time the medical examiner was still trying to determine the cause of death. Police said she...

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Horrific Brooklyn crash probed

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A police investigation is continuing into theEast Flatbush car crash Saturday evening that left four people critically injured, including a 3-year-old boy, and at least seven others hurt.

No charges have been filed against the driver, a 48-year-old woman whose 2004 Lincoln plowed into a crowd at a bus stop. She had a passenger, a 29-year-old man.

The driver, who was not indentified by...

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MTA Fastrack to hit J train in lower Manhattan this week

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The J train in lower Manhattan will be shutting down overnight this week as the MTA's Fastrack maintenance program hits the line.

For four straight nights starting today, the J train will not run between Broad Street and the Delancey/Essex stop from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. as crews service tracks, signals, cables, lighting, third rail components and platform edges.

The MTA advises using the...

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Lawmakers expect final immigration deal soon

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With U.S. business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the immigration system. They aim to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said Sunday.

The lawmakers said they expect a final deal soon after the measure is put into legislative language so that all eight senators...

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes act sly at 'The Place Beyond the Pines' premiere

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are experts at keeping their relationship under wraps.

The supremely private couple didn’t even let their guards down inside the after-party for the premiere of their flick “The Place Beyond the Pines” in NYC on Thursday night.

The on- and off-screen pair — who started dating more than a year ago — mingled separately at the party, held at the Bowery Hotel,...

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