Top online New York City stories on Metro.us in 2013

The top five local stories that you clicked on at Metro.us in 2013

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1. Students fight for teacher allegedly fired for being transgender

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.

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2. VIDEO: Violent fight between SUV driver and group of bikers

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.

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3. MAP: Where to find all Banksy artworks in NYC

October – The elusive London-based street artist Banksy was in NYC for the month of October, creating pieces all over town. Metro had an online map to highlight all of the locations he posted.

 

4. Who’s the man behind Hollywood Stuntz?

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.

 

5. Chinatown bus offers service between Philly and NYC

July – A Philadelphia bus company launched in Chinatown, STSC Transportation Services, offers daily bus rides between Philadelphia and New York City.

 


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The Old-World practice of leech therapy makes a comeback in New York.

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International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.