2016 has been a bad year, no doubt about it.
We lost innocent people, David Bowie, Prince, and even Harambe. We also had to survive a particularly volatile election.
This past year, the news cycle was almost completely dominated by emails, inappropriate Trump quotes, Bernie memes, and rips on Ted Cruz as the Zodiac Killer.
The news is usually full of garbage, but even more so when it gets political.
This doesn't sit well with most New Yorkers. New York City is the center of the world, so of course, it deserves to be the center of the news.
So here are some of the biggest stories of NYC in 2016 that you probably forgot about in the grand scheme of things.
1. The Blizzard
senor_juancarlo #snowday #streetphotography #wid #newyorkcity #pictureNYC #PhotoOfTheNight #instalike #instafun #winter #tbt #hurricanejonas #artoftheday
~ 2 feet of snow led to a weekend of no movement whatsoever. Thanks a lot, Jonas.
I mean, no different from your regular Netflix binge really, but still! Snow!
2. Leo won an Oscar
elias_green 🙀💥🎉🍾👏 Oh my.... happened!!! #leonardodicaprio #oscars2016 #leonardodicapriooscar
Not NYC-related, but how can we not celebrate this feat that literally took forrrrreeeevvvvvveeeeerrrr.
3. S**t shut down a power plant
alldayiwonder The Indian Point Energy Center is a two-unit operating #nuclearpowerplant in #Westchester County, about 35 miles north of NYC. One of the original three units was shut down in 1974. The plant can generate 2,040 megawatts, capable of powering 2 million homes, and over the past decade it has been operating near full capacity. The facility has been subject to increased scrutiny as concerns over #nuclearpower have risen after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Advocates for shutting down the nuclear reactors cite the highly consequential effect of a meltdown; albeit an unlikely event. Advocates for keeping the plant cite an increase in air pollution, including #greenhousegas emissions, if fossil fuel plants replace the loss in generation. Entities from industry and environmental groups to municipalities such as #NYC have commissioned studies to better understand the implications of a complete shutdown. #nuclearengineering #environmentalengineering #environmentalscience #hudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyny #hudsonriver #thisisnewyork #picturesofnewyork #newyorkexplored #justgoshoot #visualsoflife #watchthisinstagood #seeyourcity #sonyphotography #sonya6000
Bird poop isn’t just for creating gross Jackson Pollock-esque works, it also has the ability to shut off a nuclear reactor for 3 days.
4. Hillary Clinton became a subway meme
cnn Politicians, just like us! Hillary Clinton was on the subway. And New Yorkers were totally unfazed. 🗽🚇 Clinton, arguably the most famous woman in the United States, boarded the 4 train going uptown on Thursday morning, nearly at the peak of rush-hour traffic. Followed by over a dozen reporters and cameras, Clinton tried to make a chaotic situation seem normal. She last took the subway a year and a half or two years ago, she said. Photo and coverage via @danmericacnn 👍 Follow him for campaign highlights and @hillaryclinton coverage 👈 #HillaryClinton #NYC #4Train #politics
I know, I know, too much politics. But this gem of the election cycle needs to be brought back.
5. Trump died in Central Park
sachinrb Someone placed an actual Trump tombstone in Central Park
Well, at least someone wanted him to. The President-elect is very much alive in his toupeed glory, but back in May, a very real headstone bearing his name showed up in Sheep's Meadow. Spoopy.
6. The Kanye riot
fvrthr #KanyeRiot ...#LifeGoals
As of late, Yeezy's mental health has been scrutinized with careless ignorance. Sure, it doesn't help things that he took a strange meeting with Drumpf, but that's irrelevant.
You might remember that back in June, the craze came from a riot caused by rumoring of a secret show after his Gov Ball set got rained out. The block of Webster Hall became awash with screaming Kanye fans, and stayed packed long after the notion had been tossed.
7. The Cannabis Convention
cwcbexpo Our Expo isn’t just for people. For more information, check out: http://www.trueleaf.com/ #cannabismeansbusiness #cwcbe #cwcbexpo #dogs #hemp #health
We all remember Gary Johnson on marijuana use, but have we forgotten about the massive marijuana convention that was held in our own city? The June event at the Jacob Javitz Center put all college kids' rolling skills to shame with a mix of hippies, yuppies, and THC-infused gummies.
8. Pokemon Go, and the legendary Vaporeon stampede
vickyzachelmayer Saturday 12:35am. People, what is happening here?! Pokemon Go insanity. #centralparknyc #thegathering #zombies #addicted #pokemongonyc #insane #crowds #headsdown #phonesup #pokemongocentralpark #socializing #makingfriends #nyclife #gamersunite #saturdaynight #funnight #happenedupon #positiv_newyork #pokemongo #pokemongonyc #shermanstatue
Whether you were 5, 15 or 50, you probably spent an excessive amount of time this summer chasing Charmanders. But you probably forgot that there was a legitimate public safety issue as hundreds of people stampeded after a virtual rare Pokemon in Central Park.
9. NYC's largest pussy
CAT! Largest pussy CAT! At 28 pounds, Samson, a 4 year old Brooklyn native, was named the city's biggest feline.
This designation was way more noteworthy than the election, to be honest.
10. Carnegie Deli announces the apocalypse
carnegiedeli There's ordinary sandwiches, and then there's extraordinary sandwiches! #roastbeef #pastrami #sandwich #since1937 #deli #eeeeeats #newforkcity #theaterdistrict #newyorkfood #nyceats #nycfood
Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement. But just shy of it's 80th anniversary, Carnegie will close its doors, and no more of their of their 'Woody Allen' sandwiches will be served.
I mean a baconeggandcheese from a corner bodega is just as good, but still.
11. The selfie-stick vigilante
Ah selfie-sticks, the bane of modern existence.
Luckily, this dude Buddy Bolton spent the month running around NYC, cutting tourists' stupid sticks.
12. The $185,000 parking spot
thebrooklynink In #CobbleHill #Brooklyn, one parking spot from the Parking Club can cost up to $200,000 with free luxurious car services #cjs17 #columbiajournalismschool http://thebrooklynink.com/2016/12/01/55650-one-parking-spot-185000/
We all know that parking in this city is a bitch.
Well, now there's all the parking you need, at a bargain price of almost $200K! Score!
13. Happy birthday to the subway
s_m_h_hosseini زباله های کف ریل قطار در مترو نیویورک #mta #subway #nyc
On October 27th, the system we love to hate turned 112.
The birthday celebration was likely drowned out by all of us bitching about delays.
14. The naked Hillary statue
abc7newsbayarea Remember the naked Donald Trump statues that popped up in SF and across the country? Well now a naked and hoofed Hillary Clinton statue has appeared near Wall Street in Manhattan. What do you think about this political statement? Tap the link on our profile for the full story and more photos. (Photo: @thegorillanj/Instagram) #hillaryclinton #clinton #nakedhillary #statue #manhattan #newyork #nyc #abc7news
Everyone remembers the naked Trump statue that graced Union Square and disgraced the man himself.
But for a brief moment, there was also a naked Clinton, albeit with cloven hooves. Equality.
15. The 2017 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar
ifitshipitshere NYC Taxi Drivers Pose, Pin-up style, for a 2017 Calendar and it's charming! See the whole Calendar and link to purchase on the blog (link in our bio). #nyctaxicalendar2017 #taxidriver #nyctaxidriverscalendar #newyorkcity #CabbiesCalendar #newyorkcitytaxidrivers #2017Calendar #charitable #charity #ifitshipitshere #taxidriverscalender #newyorkcitytaxidriverscalendar #universitysettlement #photography #portaits
This is not a drill. Taxis are in a losing battle against Uber, so they've turned to a long standing advertising concept: sex sells.
For $14.99, you can see your cab driver in all his shirtless glory. Not sure why you'd want to, but you do you.
16. War on Winter Wonderland
lbankart Nolan and I spotted the Upper East Side's very own North Pole today on the way to #centralpark #northpole #east67thstreet #madisonavenue #fifthavenue #uppereastside #christmastime #decorations #santaclaus #polarbears #penguins #limestone #mansion #doggiewalks #nolan #twinklelights #holidays
This happened just days ago, but I'm sure you've forgotten it because of its utter stupidness.
An Upper East Sider is suing their neighbor over Christmas music. This fight comes just days after International Human Rights Day, a day that is meant for peace.