The city that never sleeps certainly lived up to its name in 2011, with its people and places making headlines around the world.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum opened at Ground Zero to commemorate the tenth anniversary of one of the city’s darkest days. For more on the museum including how to get tickets, visit http://www.911memorial.org/.
Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned from his seat after an embarrassing tweet revealed several online affairs. Since his summer resignation, Weiner has tried to stay out of the public eye, recently welcoming his first child with his wife.
Bronx Zoo Cobra
In March, this snake slithered into the hearts of the people after disappearing from the Bronx Zoo. A clever Twitter account was even created in its name, @bronxzooscobra, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers. The cobra was found one week later on zoo grounds.
Though former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn may not be a New Yorker, he put the city in the spotlight this summer after being accused of assaulting a maid in a midtown Manhattan hotel. Though the case ultimately collapsed, Strauss-Kahn ended up resigning his role at the IMF.
Governor Andrew Cuomo
January 1, 2011 marked the start of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first term in Albany. With the difficult economy and rise of Occupy Wall Street, the Governor certainly did not have an easy year ahead of him. However, he did manage to win the approval of many citizens by legalizing gay marriage in the state over the summer.
Grand Central Station
The famous terminal got an upgrade this year with the December opening of one of the largest Apple stores in the world. Also approved to open in Grand Central this year was the popular chain restaurant Shake Shack, which is currently under construction.
While “she” many not technically be a person, there wasn’t a single New Yorker who did not know about Irene, as the city shut down all transit and urged evacuations in preparation for the storm. Though the heavy winds and rain did incur costly repairs, there was ultimately minimal serious damage to the city.
The McKittrick Hotel
The McKittrick Hotel was the backdrop to Sleep No More, an interactive theatre show that transports visitors into a Macbeth-themed storyline. Since opening, the play has received critical claim and even a spread in Vanity Fair.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alexander McQueen Exhibit
The elaborate exhibit of the late designer’s work became one of the Met’s most popular attractions. Despite being extended extra weeks, the end of the exhibit still saw hours-long lines.
One of the city’s previously least-known parks stole the spotlight this year when it became the headquarters of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Tourists are now flocking to the small downtown park, where dedicated protestors are still braving the winter weather.