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2013 Brooklyn Year In Review: Borough Captures Nat'l Attention On Political, Entertainment Fronts

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Every year NY1 looks back at the major stories that shaped our year. We kick off our annual year in review series with the Year in Brooklyn. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

The Brooklyn buzz attracted the commander in chief. President Barack Obama came to check out the innovative P-Tech High School for himself. He once lived in Park Slope.

Hailing from that same neighborhood is the city's mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio. De Blasio beat another Brooklynite Joe Lhota in the general election.

Fort Greene resident Letitia James won the Public Advocate seat.

It was a big defeat for longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. He lost to newcomer Ken Thompson who becomes the borough's first black DA.

And Brooklynites say goodbye to its biggest cheerleader Borough President Marty Markowitz who is forced out of office because of term limits. He marked his 12th year with a bash at Barclays Center as his final state of the borough address.

The New York Islanders played their first game in the arena. They will permanently move from Long Island to Brooklyn in 2015.

And for the first time, Barclays Center also played host to MTV's music video awards and the NBA draft.

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir took center stage at the inauguration for President Obama in Washington DC.

And a tribute to the late music icon Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys whose childhood playground gets renamed in his honor.

But across the street a battle ensued for months at Long Island College Hospital where SUNY Downstate tried over and over to close the hospital saying it loses millions of dollars a month. But the community fought back and got court orders to keep the facility open. With no clear resolution, LICH remains on life support. And it's a similar scene at Interfaith Medical Center struggling to survive.

Sandy struggles still exist. But Brooklynites celebrated some re-openings like the library and the aquarium in Coney Island.

The swaying Astrower closed down amusement parks on July 4. The Parachute Jump got blinged out.

And it was a crowning moment when Brooklynite Mallory Hagan became Miss America.

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