Dear Commons Community,
At this time of year, it is common for the news services to rank the top this and top that. Below are the top New York City news stories for 2011 as compiled by the Huffington Post.
- Occupy Wall Street
- Tenth Anniversary of September 11th
- A particularly violent Labor Day weekend culminates in bloody shootout in Crown Heights after the West Indian Day parade that leaves an innocent bystander, 57-year-old Denise Gay, dead from a bullet wound to the head. When all is done, the three-day weekend sees 67 people in New York shot and 13 dead.
- Hurricane Irene lands in New York City as a tropical storm, packing 65 mph winds instead of the anticipated 100. Trees are damaged, there is some flooding, but for the most part, the damage is minimal in the City. In the northern suburbs, there is major damage.
- A blockbuster report from the Associated Press reveals the NYPD has been cooperating with the CIA since September 11, 2011 to spy on Muslim communities in New York City.
- Tremors from an unusual magnitude 5.8 earthquake that strikes Virginia are felt in New York City. It lasts for 15 or so seconds, and there is hardly any damage .
- The dismembered body of Leiby Kletzky, a 9-year-old boy living in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, is discovered in the home of Levi Aron and in a dumpster.
- After weeks of contentious debate and negotiations in Albany, the GOP-controlled state senate passes a bill, 33-29, allowing same-sex marriage in New York.
- On June 16th, Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, resigns from office after lewd photos he sent to women on Twitter surface.
- While aboard a plane about to depart from JFK on May 14, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is arrested on charges of sexual assault and attempted rape.
- After three months of gaffes and an abysmal 17 percent approval rating, Cathie Black steps down as schools chancellor in New York City.