The period of time from one January 1 to the subsequent December 31 is a pretty arbitrary way to track the progress of a city and its people.
And deciding which were the most important stories in the city during those 365 days is not only heavily subjective (the saga of Willow, the cat from Colorado who made it to the big city, didn't captivate all of us) but also skewed by our selective memories of the past 12 months.
Since last January 1, some 117 million DOE school lunches have been served. Mets hurlers tossed 24,000 pitches. There were 128,000 births and 54,000 deaths in the city. Mass was said at St. Patrick's Cathedral more than 2,200 times. Amid all those events both routine and life-altering, deciding which larger events mattered most is more art than science.
With those caveats in place, here's our list of the year's Top 10 Stories. If it omits one of your favorites or includes an item you'd just of soon have dismissed ... well, there's always next year!