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New Yorkers: Do your taxes now

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It's not too late to add "file taxes early" to your list of New Year's resolutions -- or tack it onto the pre-existing plan to stop procrastinating this year.

New York City tax experts say there are a slew of good reasons to file for your returns ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the April 15th deadline.

"The sooner you file, the sooner you get your refund," said Joe Falanga, managing...

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Hailee Steinfeld gears up for '3 Days to Kill'

Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld in "3 Days

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You might think that journeying from an Oscar-nominated performance to playing second-fiddle in a Kevin Costner flick over the span of a few years is a weird career move.

But it made perfect sense for 17-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, who started her feature film acting career earning all sort of accolades as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers' 2010 "True Grit" adaptation, and can be seen beginning...

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Harlem boosts in homes and biz help put it on the map

Harlem has become one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods.

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Quietly, Harlem has become one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods.

Rent prices for Harlem apartments have gone up over the last year as home hunters found an abundance of inventory going for relatively reasonable rates, real estate experts said.

The nabe's popularity is furthered by an onslaught of new stores and restaurants as well as its uniqueness and history, according to residents,...

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Cause of death for celeb fashion designer inconclusive for now

Fashion designer Michele Savoia

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The autopsy of celebrity fashion designer Michele Savoia, whose body was found in the Hudson River on Sunday afternoon, was ruled inconclusive by the city medical examiner.

Further tests, including toxicology analysis, will be performed to determine what led to the death of Savoia, 55, who was last seen around 4 a.m. Thursday leaving trendy Chelsea night club Marquee, said a spokeswoman for...

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No more! City to get hit with more snow Tuesday

A man walks through the snow on February

(Credit: A man walks through the snow on Feb. 13, 2014 in Brooklyn. (Spencer Platt/Getty))

The city is bracing for more rough winter weather, with two to four inches of snowfall expected today.

The National Weather Service predicted the snowfall to start between 3 and 5 a.m. It was likely to become a rain-snow mix by late morning, winding down completely in the afternoon.

"It looks like it will impact the morning commute," said Joey Picca, a meteorologist for the National...

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A little TMI from Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters attends a Broadway opening on November

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Barbara Walters has an unusual definition of selfie.

During a lighthearted discussion about a certain type of vibrating sex toy on yesterday's episode of "The View," Walters shared some private details, to say the least.

She's owned one for years.

And "you know what it's called?" she asked as the rest of her co-hosts laughed. "It's called selfie." It's not the first time Walters,...

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The evolution of Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake has always been a hot ticket at Madison Square Garden. But even JT fans who have been unable to land tickets to see him live have likely caught one of his shows at the arena: When he was a member of 'N Sync, their "No Strings Attached" tour was captured in the 2000 DVD "Live from Madison Square Garden," while JT's 2007 MSG show on the "FutureSex/LoveShow" tour also made it to home...

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Police seek suspects in robbery, assault

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The NYPD Monday released surveillance video of four teens accused of robbing a 74-year-old man in Brownsville and sending him to the hospital.

The victim was attacked near his apartment in the Van Wycks Houses on Saturday at 4:50 p.m. He was hit in the back of the head with an unknown object andhis wallet, containing $150 and credit cards, was stolen. The surveillance video shows the four...

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Get out of the city with these five easy winter getaways

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Itching to get out of the city for just a bit this winter? Here are five local spots that are close enough for even a day trip if you don't feel like spending the night.

1. Philadelphia, PADistance: About 1.5 hours

The City of Brotherly Love is an appropriate place to visit this time of year. Check out Independence National Historical Park, site of Independence Hall, where the Declaration...

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New Yorkers are burning for legal weed

A majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana.

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New Yorkers say it is high time for the state to legalize medical marijuana and personal possession of weed, according to a poll released Monday.

A Quinnipiac University poll said 88% of New York state voters want medical marijuana legal and 57% support adults being allowed to possess a small amount of weed for recreational use.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters,...

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