Good morning on this brightening Wednesday.
As we looked back over the past year in New York, we remembered just how much has happened since we raised our glasses to toast the start of 2015.
Here are some of our most popular stories of 2015, month by month.
January: Cadbury’s chocolate made in Britain will no longer be importedto our chocolate-loving shores.
February: Two teenagers were trying to shovel snow for money. Then the police came. So did national news media. And the State Legislature.
March: Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary, “The Jinx,”was arrested on a murder charge.
April: A time-lapse video in the elevator at the One World Trade Observatory shows the history of the area.
May: A deep dive into the exploitive practices in the nail salon industry.
June: The second prison escapee was captured.
July: How the two inmates at an upstate prison pulled off their escape.
August: A story from our “Summer Love” series, about a woman who answered a man’s ad for a roommate, moved in and never left.
September: The police officer who mistakenly arrested the former tennis star James Blake had a history of complaints about his use of force.
October: The Lonely Death of George Bell.
November: An Italian marathoner who went missing after the race was found on the subway in his running clothes.
December (so far): A lawyer was refused boarding on a flight out of La Guardia Airport after a revolving-door mix-up.
Here’s what else is happening:
A bit sunny for most of the day, with a high of 47, but clouds scrambling in later in the afternoon could bring some rain.
And the winds have calmed down from yesterday.
Winter coat watch: It’s a safe bet.
IN THE NEWS
• Police Commissioner William J. Bratton rebuked former Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly for claiming that the Police Department is doctoring its data. [New York Times]
• As the chief judge on the state Court of Appeals steps down, he leaves behind a legacy of changes inspired by social justice. [New York Times]
• A new program brings poetry to Rikers Island. [New York Times]
• Former Gov. George E. Pataki dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president. [New York Times]
• Dean G. Skelos, former leader of the State Senate convicted in a corruption trial this month, has filed for his pension. [New York Post]
• Funding cuts to the state Department of Environmental Conservation have led to a decline in the state’s air quality, according to a new report. [Capital New York]
• Cleanthony Early, a player for the Knicks, was shot in the leg and robbed after leaving a strip club. [New York Times]
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Wednesday Briefing.
COMING UP TODAY
• Explore the Pinetum in Central Park on a guided walking tour. 11 a.m. [Free]
• Play a “Deer Survival Game” and find signs of deer in Greenbelt Nature Center on Staten Island. 1 p.m. [Free]
• Make a journal to record the events of 2016 during a workshop at the Museum of the City of New York. 11 a.m. [Free with $14 suggested admission]
• Eat some spaghetti and watch some performances at Great Small Works’s year-end dinner at Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square. 7:30 p.m. [Donations from $5 to $25 accepted]
• Nets at Magic, 7 p.m. (YES). Devils at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (MSG+). Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Alternate-side parking: in effect until Friday.
AND FINALLY …
The New York Public Library has released its most popular books of the year, those most frequently checked out across the system, which includes 92 branches in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx.
(Queens and Brooklyn have their own library systems.)
Nine out of the top 10 books were written by women, including “Leaving Time,” by Jodi Picoult; “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins; “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee; and “Not That Kind of Girl,” by Lena Dunham.
Marshall Karp and James Patterson, who co-wrote “NYPD Red 3,” were the only male authors on the list.
There was some variation by borough:
On Staten Island, three books by Danielle Steel made the top 10.
“Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson was quite popular in Manhattan.
In the Bronx, practical knowledge beat out literary smarts — the top book was “TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review” from Kaplan Publishing.
Tim Herrera contributed reporting.
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