January – Mark Krolikowski, a music teacher at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, Queens, was allegedly fired for being transgender. The teacher had taught at the school for more than 30 years.
When one of his former students, Astoria resident Cristina Guarino, heard that he was fired, and reportedly due to his appearance, she started a Change.org petition demanding the school issue Krolikowski a formal apology. More than 6,000 people signed the petition.
September – The video of motorcyclists who pulled an SUV driver from his vehicle and beat him in September went viral and blew up into one of the biggest stories of the year.
In the video, a swarm of motorcycle riders traveling on the West Side Highway surrounded the black Range Rover as Alexian Lien, 33, drove with his wife and young child. He hit one of the bikers trying to make a getaway. A chase ensued until the suspects pulled the victim from his car and assaulted him.
October - The group of bikers involved involved in an assault on a father driving an SUV with his wife and daughter were in town for a ride called Hollywood Stuntz, police reported. Metro profiled Jamie Lao of Ozone Park, the reported brainchild of the Hollywood Stuntz ride.