Every year NY1 looks back at the major stories that shaped our year. We continue our annual year in review series with the Year in Manhattan. Borough reporter Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
In Manhattan this year, the political landscape, as well as the physical landscape, changed.
Manhattanites elected a new borough president and the look of the city continued to evolve, as redevelopment was approved on the Lower East Side’s Seward Park , at Roosevelt Island’s soon to be Cornell Tech Campus and at Pier 57.
Madison Square Garden unveiled the final phase of its $1 billion renovation. But the City Council only approved a 10-year operating permit with an eye toward moving the arena and expanding Penn Station.
The South Street Seaport continued its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, many small businesses reopened one year after the storm.
The mall at Pier 17 was closed, and ground was broken on a new complex at the site.
Manhattan’s famously free college Cooper Union announced it’ll start charging tuition, which led to student protests.
It was the summer of CitiBike on the streets. Some borough residents detested the new racks, but bikeshare was a boon for riders.
Four-year-old Ariel Russo was rundown and killed while walking with her grandmother on the Upper West Side. The accident led to changes in the city's new 911 system.
A chase between motorcyclists and the driver of an SUV started on the West Side Highway and ended violently on the streets of Washington Heights. The bikers can be seen on video pulling the driver out of his car and beating him, while his wife and young child watch. A number of the bikers face criminal charges, one is left seriously hurt.
There was a major break in a cold case that baffled detectives for decades. Baby Hope, the young girl found in a cooler along the West Side Highway in 1991, was identified as Anjelica Castillo, and her cousin Conrado Juarez was charged in the killing.
The Stonewall Inn was the site of celebration when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act after it was challenged by Manhattan native Edith Windsor.
4 World Trade Center became the first office tower to open on the site since the September 11th attacks.
Lastly, Manhattan is back on top, when it comes to skyscrapers.
One World Trade Center was certified as the tallest building in the country, something to look forward to when it officially opens next year.