In 2004, New York City saw the streets teeming with protestors and cops alike for one of the most controversial displays of NYPD crackdowns in modern history. It also saw the beginnings of developments that many New Yorkers today can enjoy or might enjoy soon — all stories that Metro began to chronicle when it hit the stands on May 5.
January 7: 'Reflecting Absence' selected for 9/11 memorial
The city whittled down more than 5,000 entries to design the World Trade Center's memorial to the two square reflecting pools that opened up to the public on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
January 30: Domino Sugar factory closes
The Williamsburg refinery closed shop shop, losing some 200 jobs. Developers purchased the property in June, but the city only recently approved a development plan for the lot.
February 1: FBI digs up 'Gotti graveyard'
Federal investigators dug up a Queens lot suspected of doubling as a graveyard for victims of late mob boss John Gotti, eventually finding at least two alleged mafia captains.
March 10: Martha Stewart convicted
The lifestyle magnate was found guilty in a New York courtroom of obstructing justice and lying to investigators asking about her sale of stock, eventually sentenced to five months in prison and five months house arrest.
May 26: City announces design for Fulton Transit Center
The MTA released its plan for the redesigned downtown hub to better connect 11 subway lines and, after years of delays and funding woes, is scheduled to open summer 2014.
July 15: Plans for High Line park unveiled
While opened in 2009, public support for the repurposing of Chelsea's abandoned elevated tracks grew when developers released first looks at proposals for the park space.
August 30 to Sept. 2: RNC convention protests
A series of rallies and marches timed around the GOP's national convention drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to Manhattan, along with more than 1,800 arrests by NYPD found in 2012 to have been unconstitutional.
October 27: Subway system turns 100
Back in 1904, NYC's first underground line ran from City Hall up to Grand Central Station before ending at 145th Street.
November 4: Dubya reelected
After a contentious race one year after the start of the second Gulf War, then-sitting president George W. Bush won reelection against former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
December 17: MTA hikes monthly, weekly fares
The transit authority approved a jump in monthly MetroCards to $76 and weeklies to $24 that went into effect in early 2005, promising more hikes in the years to come.
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