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New York 2013: The Year in Pictures

New York City saw a great many milestones and changes in 2013. The past year left us with a newly appointed mayor, a changed skyline, neighborhoods in recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, a Grand Central Terminal that is 100 years young, and much more. The photos below showcase major moments that made headlines this year, and give a glimpse into the lives of the New Yorkers that lived those moments.


Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal turns 100 Retired Amtrak conductor Tom Savio talks with Metro-North Railroad representative Melvin Johnson in Grand Central Terminal during centennial celebrations on the day the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on February 1, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world’s largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-Noth Railroad operates 700 trains per day. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio wins mayoral election Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hugs his son Dante de Blasio and daughter Chiara de Blasio at his election night party on November 5, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio beat out Republican candidate Joe Lhota and will succeed Michael Bloomberg as the 109th mayor of New York City. He is the first Democratic mayor in 20 years. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is completed The final section of spire is installed atop One World Trade Center May 10, 2013 in New York City. After more than 11 years of construction and planning, One World Trade Center reached its final height this morning of 1,776 feet. One World Trade Center is built on the site where the September 11, 2001 attacks toppled the original World Trade Center towers. (Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey via Getty Images)


MTV Video Music Awards Miley Cyrus

The MTV Video Music Awards come to Brooklyn — and a Miley Cyrus controversy is born Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in Brooklyn. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)


George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman acquitted inciting protests across the country Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Times Square while blocking traffic after marching from a rally for Martin in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


DOMA gay marriage

DOMA is struck down U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shyla Smith and Courtney Burdeshaw wait to get married along with guests waiting for another wedding at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA on June 27, 2013 in New York City. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. The pair said they planned to get married today before the ruling came down. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)


cronuts Chef Dominique Ansel

People go crazy for cronuts Chef Dominique Ansel packages croissant-doughnut hybrids (known as ‘cronuts’) at Dominique Ansel Bakery on June 10, 2013 in New York City. The bakery makes 200-250 of the cronuts daily, which have been in hot demand since they were introduced in May. People showed up as early as 5:30AM to buy a cronut; the bakery opens at 8AM. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week takes Lincoln Center A general view of atmosphere at the Monique  Lhuillier fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 7, 2013. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)


Willet's Point CitiField

Residents and workers at Willet’s Point protest new construction A man participates in a protest against the eviction of over two hundred small businesses on August 2, 2013 in the Willet’s Point neighborhood of Queens. The neighborhood has been in a battle with the city of New York for years, which hopes to demolish the neighborhood and invest $3 billion for a mall, apartments and more parking for nearby Citi Field. Members of the neighborhood argue that hundreds of small businesses are established in the neighborhood and should not be evicted. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


Miss New York Miss America

Miss New York wins Miss America Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan as Miss California Crystal Lee looks on during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)


Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett Brooklyn Nets

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett become Brooklyn Nets Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets walks downcourt in front of Kevin Garnett #2 during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center on November 9, 2013 in Brooklyn. (Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Banksy New York City

Banksy invades New York City for a month-long residency A dancer poses with a new installation of art by British graffiti artist Banksy painted on the front door of the Hustler Club in New York October 24, 2013. Known for his anti-authoritarian black-and-white stenciled images, which have sold at auction for upwards of $2 million, the British street artist is treating New Yorkers to a daily dose of spray-painted art – while eluding the police and incurring the wrath of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: REUTERS/Eric Thayer)


Edie Windsor New York City Gay Pride Parade

Edie Windsor celebrates the right for gays to marry at the New York City Gay Pride Parade Windsor, who successfully sued the United States government in a court case that went to the Supreme Court for banning gay marriage in California, waves to revelers while riding in the New York Gay Pride Parade on June 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


Macy's 4th of July fireworks

The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks are as pretty as ever — if you’re watching them from New Jersey People watch fireworks light up the sky over New York City on July 4, 2013 in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)


Rockaway Beach

One year after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, business is booming at Rockaway Beach Two beach goers relax on a boardwalk bench in the late afternoon at Rockaway Beach on September 12, 2013 in Queens. Despite the sustained damage in the Rockaways by Hurricane Sandy, the famous beach saw a strong summer attendance as large parts of the boardwalk were repaired and the beaches cleaned and sand was replenished. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Sunny's Bar Red Hook

Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook reopens after Hurricane Sandy’s wrath closed it last year Sunny Balzano (R), owner of Sunny’s Bar, a landmark bar that has been open for over a century, hugs friend and musician Charlie Burnham outside his bar during a celebration marking the re-opening of Sunny’s bar on August 29, 2013 in the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


New York City Marathon Geoffrey Mutai

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya wins the New York City Marathon The 2013 ING New York City Marathon took place on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Time is Now rally

People fight for immigration reform for U.S. immigrants Ecuadorian immigrant Diego Cazar, now living in the U.S. for 12 years, looks towards the Statue of Liberty while participating in a ‘Time is Now’ rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Labor unions and immigration reform advocacy organizations held the event at Liberty State Park to urge Congress to find a path to American citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


5 Pointz

Historic graffiti mecca 5 Pointz is painted white in the night by developers 5 Pointz is seen here after being painted over by developers in the dead of night on November 19, 2013 in Long Island City, Queens. Artists and representatives of 5 Pointz have been in a brutal battle to save the building, which the owner, Jerry Wolkoff, wants to knock down in order to develop high rise apartment buildings. The artists have argued that the building should be saved by the city as a historic landmark, though in the early morning hours of November 19, 2013 the owners hired workers to paint over a majority of the paintings. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


NYC skyline

The NYC skyline took a different shape, but has never lost its meaning People attend an interfaith memorial as the ‘Tribute in Light’ shines from the Manhattan skyline next to One World Trade Center to commemorate all those who were lost on 9/11 on September 11, 2013. The lights are located at West and Morris streets in lower Manhattan. (Photo: Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)

Read more of our 2013 year-end wrap-ups here.

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