Fines have dropped to $15.7 million from $32.5 million and the number of violations declined by a third.
Millions of dollars in grants and other benefits are available to small businesses.
The MTA opened the new 50th Street Commons as part of the larger East Side Access project.
Companies just over the 15-worker threshold prepare for rising costs.
DNAinfo.com New York has a roundup of the best shop-local deals on Small Business Saturday.
CityMaps, a newly-launched online one-stop shop for information about New York stores, hopes to boost businesses hurt by Second Ave. subway construction.
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