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'Lean In,' 'Gone Girl' NYPL's most checked-out books in 2013

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(Credit: These were some of the most checked-out books at the NYPL in 2013.)

Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” the book that started a movement, was the most frequently checked-out nonfiction book in 2013 by patrons of the New York Public Library.

“Gone Girl,” a thriller by Gillian Flynn, was the top circulating fiction title, according to the library’s list, which was released Tuesday.

Other top spots for fiction include “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling, the...

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The best and worst theater productions of 2013

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Except for the unusually large number of Shakespeare plays, 2013 was a typical year in terms of hits, misses, standouts and the occasional disaster or two.

THE BEST

1 Matilda Although it inexplicably lost the Tony Award for Best Musical to the far inferior “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda” is an incredibly intelligent, heartfelt and entertaining work that, after achieving critical and popular...

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New York leaders react to de Blasio's election win

Bill de Blasio

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UPDATED 11:05 P.M.: Here are some of the reactions on Bill de Blasio's election win.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

"Tonight New York City voters have opened an exciting new chapter in our State's largest city with the election of incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio. On a personal level, it is particularly gratifying to see Bill, a true friend and former colleague, win tonight. He has the experience...

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Board of Elections deals with ballot small font problems

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(Credit: New York voters fill out their ballots. (Getty))

The city's Board of Elections said there were few technical problems at poll sites Tuesday but acknowledged that the small font used on the ballots confused voters.

Mike Ryan, the board's executive director, said he received calls from New Yorkers saying the 6-point font is hard to read.

Ryan said the small type stemmed from several factors, including the large number of candidates in...

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Bloomberg remains mum on successor choice as he casts vote

Michael Bloomberg votes

(Credit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg votes in the 2013 election. (Mayor's Office))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg cast his ballot Tuesday but remained mute on whom he was voting for -- as he's done throughout the election cycle.

The mayor, a resident of the Upper East Side, emerged from his 81st Street polling site around 7:50 a.m. and briefly took questions from the press.

He offered a full-throated endorsement of the voting process, but declined to reveal any specific information...

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