Yesterday we looked at what Gothamist editors thought were the top news stories of the year, and today we're looking at the top stories our readers clicked through to read. Not surprisingly, you're all attracted to illegal activities, street art, the subway, nudity, costumes, people behaving badly and NYC real estate!
Gothamist managing editor John Del Signore attended a wild party that was literally underground, in an unused subway station: "In the distance, beyond the bend in the trackbed, a weird chanting began to ripple out and echo through the space. I saw the glow of candles, and as I approached I saw that everyone had been drawn to the end of the line. On what would have been part of a subway platform, a few people were leading the group in some sort of wild incantation."
It was a rare good new story about real estate developers taking over a building: Developer BFC Partners offered existing tenants of an East Village building $10 apartments in exchange for their agreement to allow them to renovate the building. Market-rate rent for other units? $3000-10,000/month.
This year was the First Annual Smallest Penis In Brooklyn Contest, with contestants vying for $200 dollars and the crown. We spoke to the winner, who told us, "I don't think anything negative has happened to me regarding my penis size. Probably the most fun I have with my penis is that I'm a grower, not a shower, and when I'm with women I love seeing their reactions as it grows to double its flaccid size. They seem amazed by it."
The Museum of the City of New York has a trove of photographs from legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. As a young man, he took pictures of New York City for Look magazine, and this series of subway life in 1946 showed us a glimpse of old subway platforms, with candy, cigarette, and even horoscope machines.
Everyone loved these photographs of people who headed to their Halloween festivities via the best subway system in the world.
Bushwick. Halloween. Costumes Lesbian copses sex scene. Naked man with "giant giant balls." You got it.
British street artist and provocateur Banksy took over NYC in October, turning the city into a scavenger hunt for the latest pieces. Some were tagged up immediately, some were never found and some, like this mobile piece, were threatened by the cops. The second most popular Banksy-related post was confirmation that the stuffed animal truck was his.
Photo: Shark On The Subway, August 7
Artist Andy Golub, who has been painting the bodies of models (and tempting confrontation with the authorities) for years, set up shop in Times Square one day with two nude models a whole lot of body paint. One tourist was a fan who declared, "I think it's wonderful. It's a bold statement. I guess if you're going to do it, go all in."
Photos: The Faces Of SantaCon 2013, December 15
This was the year that SantaCon turned from annoying drunken revelry (with a charitable angle!) into Public Enemy #1. The unruly behavior of the Santas—and elves, reindeer, Gingerbread Men, etc.—was somewhat tempered by the snow, but some still managed to get on the naughty list.
The ABC sitcom Don't Trust The B— In Apartment 23 may have been quickly cancelled, but it left a lasting legacy in the annals of NYC TV apartments conceived by set designers who perhaps have been in a NYC apartment before. For instance, the two lead characters were only half-employed: "One works in a coffee shop and one doesn't work at all." And there was a pool table!
Photographer Allen Henson pushed the boundaries of public toplessness with his series of models shedding their clothes in restaurants, atop the Empire State Building and bars. At fancy rooftop cocktail lounge Salon de Ning, the police were called to respond to a report of exposed breasts. Watch their priceless reaction.
In the middle of the night, the developers who own the warehouse-turned-graffiti shrine 5 Pointz started painting over the walls where thousands had practiced their skills. While the Wolkoffs legally own the building, devotees who were hoping to save the space were hurt and angry by the clandestine actions. But isn't change just the nature of graffiti and New York in general?