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2011 Year in Review: Biggest New York Stories

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It was tumultuous year with soaring highs, and heart breaking lows, providing a glut of stories to follow and keep up with. From the Arab spring to the disaster in Japan, to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Here in New York, after battling a harsh winter, the city played host to the birth of protest movement that quickly spread around the world. We lost a Congressman and legalized gay marriage. Here is the year in stories.

FIRST MAJOR STORM OF THE YEAR

January 27: More than 1-1/2 feet of snow blanketed the city and shut down schools in all five boroughs. This came as the seventh snow storm of the season.

Read WNYC's coverage and see more photos

The city says it will be prepared for the 2011-2012 winter

JAPAN QUAKE SPARKS QUESTIONS OF NY NUCLEAR PLANT SAFETY

March 11: An 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan's northeast triggering a devastating tsunami that led the country's worst nuclear accident in history. Here in New York, it was an opportunity to reconsider the safety of having a nuclear power plant 35 miles from the city.

A timeline of events in Japan

The future of Indian Point

Read WNYC'S full coverage

 

'SPIDER-MAN' THE MUSICAL OPENS (FINALLY)

March 15: The most expensive show in Broadway history ($65 million) hit the stage after a tumultuous, and public series of re-writes, walk-offs and mild-disasters. 'Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark' premiered amid luke-warm reviews, yet continued to draw viewers and is on track to be on of Broadway's most successful musicals of all-time.

Injured Stunt Man Says He Will Fly Again In 'Spider-Man'

Read WNYC's review

 

CATHIE BLACK STEPS DOWN AS SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR

April 7: Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, the controversial ex-publishing executive held the post for three months before leaving her position. Her qualification for the post was questioned, as was her controversial statements on birth control and her handling of school closures.

Listen to a discussion on the Brian Lehrer Show

Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Gets Booed at First Public Hearing

ANTHONY WEINER RESIGNS

June 16: Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns after lewd photos he sent to a women online were made public. The Queens and Brooklyn congressman at first evaded the question of whether a photo of a man's crotch was his, saying: "I cannot say with certitude." He insisted his computer had been hacked, until more photos of a topless Weiner surfaced, prompting a press conference on June 6, in which he admitted the photos were his, but that he would not resign. 

Rep. Anthony Weiner Resigns Amid Scandal

Where Weiner Went Wrong

The Wrong Lesson Of Weinergate: Don't Run From Social Media

GAY MARRIAGE BILL PASSES 

June 24: New York became the sixth state to pass same-sex marriage legislation. The bill passed the Assembly and then passed in the Senate 33-29 and starting on July 24, same-sex couples began to get married.

Timeline of gay marriage in New York

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate, 33-29

Photos of of the West Village celebrating when the gay marriage bill passes

 

EARTHQUAKE HITS THE EAST COAST

August 23: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia is felt all the way up the east coast and shook buildings in New York City, although there were no reports of damage.

WNYC's coverage

Read why new buildings were fine, but older ones could face future trouble

Earthquake 101 from The Brian Lehrer Show

 

TROPICAL STORM IRENE

August 28: Hurricane Irene strikes the East Coast as a tropical strom. The governors of New Jersey and New York declared a state of emergency two days before the storm hit and the subways were preemptively closed, a first in New York history, for fear of flooding on the tracks. Over 270,00 residents living in "low lying" areas were ordered to evacuate.

Look at the evacuation map

Check out user submitted photos from the storm

Look at photo of the aftermath of the storm

Residents talk about the ravaged Catskills

 

10th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

September 11: On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the World Trade Center site was open to victims' families for the first time. The memorial pools were completed, while work on the towers continues to grind on. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush attended the annual memorial, held for the first time on site, in the shadow of 1 World Trade Center.

WNYC's full coverage, including documentaries, music, photos and more

Photos of 16 months at the World Trade Center site

Listen to a documentary about those who lived through 9/11

Listen to the Radio Rookies talk about growing up after 9/11

Interview with World Trade Center site architect Daniel Libeskind

Artists discuss 9/11

Read how families deal with the Victim Compensation Fund

 

OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS BEGIN

September 17: Several hundred protesters descended on Wall Street on a Saturday. Organized on social media, few expected the protest would continue for the next two months and would spread around the world. Protesters set up an elaborate encampment at Zuccotti Park and held daily meetings, but the city evicted them over safety concerns at the park.

Timeline of Occupy Wall Street

The Brian Lehrer Show: Occupying Democracy: Eliot Spitzer and Kathryn Wylde on Confronting Inequality

Judge Rules Protesters Cannot Camp in Zuccotti Park

On the Media: The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

From Unions to Anarchists, Wall Street Protests Draw Diverse Support

Hundreds Arrested During March Over Brooklyn Bridge

Photos: Protesters Take to the Streets of Lower Manhattan

Dinner at Occupy Wall Street and the Farmers Who Grow It

 

FREAK FALL SNOW STORM

October 29: The north east is blanketed with an early storm that left thousands without power in the area.

Check out photos from the storm

Read more about the freak snow storm

 

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Comments [1]

Don't forget that Christie was out of the state during the first big snowstorm of the year as was his lieutenant governor. Also for all the "power" Christie has, all he seems to be outfor is bullying unions and working people who support the economy.

And as for Hydrofracking - remember how safe deep water drilling was? It was sooooooooooooooo environmentally friendly. What's the water like in the Gulf now?

Dec. 27 2011 11:33 AM

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