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Child-Rearing Costs a Bundle in NYC  (Crain’s)
Mary Shell reports: “The urban Northeast is the most expensive place to raise a baby—and spending in Manhattan and Brooklyn is among the highest in the country. The average cost of raising a baby during the first year of its life in the U.S. in 2010 was $11,950 for a two-child, two-parent household earning between $57,600 and $99,730, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But families in the urban Northeast, including New York, spend close to $14,000 annually on babies under the age of two.

Prep-School Predators
Amos Kamil writes about the Horace Mann School’s secret history of sexual abuse.

Baring Shoulders and Knees, Students Protest a Dress Code (NYT)
Al Baker reports: “‘It’s Slutty Wednesday,’ said Hao, a senior from Brooklyn, who is headed to Carnegie Mellon University to study electrical engineering. ...Within minutes, a demonstration materialized on West Street, in Lower Manhattan, opposite the entrance to Stuyvesant, one of New York City’s most prestigious public high schools: Scores of giddy students, who had mostly come up from the nearby subway portals, were massing under a tree.”

Judge Identifies Officer Accused of Hitting Him (NYT)
William K. Rashbaum reports: “Investigators have identified the officer, several of the officials said. The judge, Justice Thomas D. Raffaele, 69, said the uniformed officer flew into a rage on a Queens street last week and struck him, apparently mistaking him for one of the hecklers who were jeering at the officer and complaining about his treatment of the handcuffed man.”

National Black Theater Clears Financial Hurdles (NYT)
Felicia R. Lee reports: “The theater, at Fifth Avenue and 125th Street, had been threatened by foreclosure and involved in disputes with a neighboring restaurant and with its former business partners, whom theater officials had accused of mismanagement. Those disputes have now been resolved, and the theater was relieved of over $10 million in debt when Baltoro Capital Management took over the 64,000-square-foot building this spring.”

Chelsea Market Expansion Gets Community Board Support (DNAinfo)
Mathew Katz reports: After months of heated debate, Community Board 4 has given its support a controversial plan to expand Chelsea Market. The 24 to 14 vote came Wednesday night after hours of testimony that pitted longtime residents against the entrepreneurs that run the market's food concourse.”

Manhattan rents set record, again  (Crain’s)
Amanda Fung reports: “Bad news for people looking for a Manhattan apartment: Average rents in May hit an all-time high of $3,438 a month, up $9 from the previous month and $85 from a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday by residential brokerage Citi Habitats. Average monthly rent was up 3% in May from the same time last year, the report said... What's more, rents are likely to continue to inch up through Labor Day as the market heads into its busiest season of the year.

Metro-North to Investigate Video fo Distracted Train Operator Reading Newspaper (WNBC)
A viewer sent the video into WNBC: “A Metro-North train operator has been captured on video appearing distracted and engrossed in a newspaper while running a rush hour train. The video was brought to Metro-North's attention by NBC 4 New York after a viewer contacted the station expressing concerns about the train operator.”

City, UFT in Talks to Replace Arbitrators (WSJ)
Lisa Fleisher reports: “New York City and its teachers union are in discussions to replace a number of arbitrators who quit over a pay dispute, in hopes of avoiding delays in teacher firing cases. Ten of the 24 arbitrators who decide whether teachers are fired for a wide range of issues have quit in recent weeks, threatening an agreement that the city and the United Federation of Teachers made two years ago to speed up the process.

Queens bar installs regulation size basketball half-court (WSJ)
Irving Dejohn reports: “Cobblestones Pub on Queens Blvd. has created a regulation-size half basketball court behind their establishment, raising the bar for what is considered a traditional parlor game. The orange and blue accented half-court, which was designed to pay homage to Madison Square Garden, was a long-time vision of pub owner Peter Massaro... The pub, which has been in the area since 1985, started 3-on-3 contests this week after local ballers quickly flooded Massaro with inquiries.”