If it wasn't for taxes, a lot of us wouldn't have the need to drink

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A full 19% of men -- and 15.5% of women -- would be willing to give up alcohol if it meant not having to do their taxes. Only 13.6% of guys -- but 15% of women -- would forgo their favorite food if doing so gave them a pass from the painful calculus of earnings and expenses.

The online survey that discovered these preferences was performed between Feb. 25 and March 18 by Manilla.com. The survey,...

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'Hip-Hop's Wealthiest' loaded with New York stars

Sean "Diddy" Combs

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The kings of hip-hop are certainly making a lot of scratch.

Sean "Diddy" Combs is worth approximately $580 million and heads the list of "Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists," Forbes announced Wednesday.

Three of the five richest rappers have New York City roots: Diddy was born in Harlem, Jay-Z, No. 2 on the list, is from Brooklyn, and 50 Cent (No. 5) hails from Queens.

"While...

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Here's to the many faces of Murray Hill

The Mercantile Building, bottom left, is an old

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Murray Hill, between its blocks of brownstones, variety of popular nightlife spots and historical landmarked buildings, has a much wider appeal than its common frat-boy-and-family-only reputation.

Adjacent to Kips Bay and Gramercy, the very safe Manhattan neighborhood is also close to the United Nations headquarters.

The nabe plays host to numerous cultural centers, ethnic food stores...

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Yanks' Phil Hughes to start on the disabled list

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Phil Hughes is the latest Yankee bound for the disabled list to start the season, manager Joe Girardi confirmed to reporters Wednesday.

Hughes pitched in his second minor league game yesterday while recovering from a bulging disk in his back that he suffered earlier in spring training. He’s expected to miss his first turn through the rotation and will pitch in a minor league game on Monday.

Ivan...

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Yankees MLB's 'Most Valuable Team,' again: Forbes

Derek Jeter

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The Yankees are baseball’s most valuable team for a 16th consecutive year, while the Mets rank sixth in a survey released by Forbes Wednesday.

The 27-time World Series champion Yankees, owned by the Steinbrenner family, were valued at $2.3 billion, a 24% jump from last year.

They surpassed the Dallas Cowboys, who are worth $2.1 billion, as the most valuable sports team.

The Mets,...

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Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this weekend

"Game of Thrones Traveling Exhibition"

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Game of Thrones Traveling Exhibition Enter the world of Westeros in this immersive traveling exhibit that focuses on key characters from five of the noble houses in HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones,” and includes more than 70 original artifacts — such as costumes, props, armor and weapons — from seasons 1 and 2, as well as select pieces from the new season. The Backwater Bay Interactive Experience...

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'Last Splash?' Not yet for reunited Breeders

Kim Deal, left, and Kelley Deal of The

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The culture and music of the ’90s has been experiencing a renaissance for the past few years, and it seems everyone wants on the bandwagon. Friday, one of the seminal alternative bands of the ’90s plays The Bell House in Brooklyn. Yes, The Breeders are back.

Led by Kim Deal, best known then as the bassist in the Pixies, The Breeders made a name for themselves with their riff-heavy pop and...

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Ryan Reynolds does Bloomberg proud: Drinks big sans the sugar

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Mayor Bloomberg would be proud!

Ryan Reynolds indulged in a 30-ounce drink from Burger King on the Upper East Side this week ... but it was just unsweetened iced tea, a source dished to us.

The 36-year-old actor also grabbed a turkey burger to go at the East 86th Street outpost of the fast-food joint.

Bloomberg's controversial proposed ban of 16-ounce beverages applies only to...

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Celebrity sightings: Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee and more

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Anjelica Huston getting the Repêchage Biolight Brightening Miracle Facial at Lovella on the Upper West Side ... Katharine McPhee celebrating her 29th birthday at The General with family members and close friends ... AnnaSophia Robb of "The Carrie Diaries" sharing a Salted Caramel Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and a sundae with a pal at Serendipity 3  ...

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Twitter ad revenue will near $1 billion in 2014 from mobile ads

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Twitter will generate nearly $1 billion in ad revenue next year due to a surge in mobile advertising on its Web microblogging service, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Mobile ads will account for roughly half of Twitter's advertising revenue this year and will make up more than 60 percent of the company's ad revenue by 2015 according to research firm eMarketer.

The increasing...

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