Top New York-Area News of 2013

From a Jersey Shore boardwalk fire to a new mayor in New York City, we look back at the top local news stories of 2013.

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A Metro-North train derailed while barreling around a sharp curve on Dec. 1, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.
Representatives of the engineer later said he may have had a moment where he zoned out just before the crash. Full story here.
A fire ravaged the Jersey Shore boardwalk in September, destroying beloved landmarks less than a year after Sandy wiped out much of the area. Full story here.
Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old mute autistic boy, went missing after wandering away from his school Oct. 4. The story captured the attention of the city after his missing posters were posted throughout the subway system, and riders heard loudspeaker announcements to keep an eye out for the boy who loved trains. He has not been found. Full story here.
Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota in a landslide win for New York City mayor in November, the first Democrat to win City Hall in two decades. Full story here.
The race for mayor was turned upside town when disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner announced, after weeks of ramping up the speculation, that he was running. He shot to the top of the polls and enjoyed front-runner status until a woman came forward and revealed they'd had an online relationship as recently as the previous year. Weiner admitted to that relationship and said there were others, but vowed at a press conference with his wife that he was not dropping out. His campaign never recovered, and he lost the Democratic primary.
A 20-year-old man wearing a motorcycle helmet and dressed in all black walked into a busy New Jersey mall minutes before it closed one November night and began shooting, sending terrified customers running and trapping hundreds more in the building overnight as police searched for him. No one was injured, and he was later found dead of a self-inflicted wound. For hours overnight, police did not know where he was. Full story here.
After a 19-year-old college student from Queens said in October that he had been handcuffed and locked in a jail cell after buying a $350 designer belt at Barneys, his story attracted nationwide attention and was followed by several others who came forward and told similar tales of what became known as "shop and frisk." Full story here.
Police announced in October that they had solved the 22-year-old mystery of "Baby Hope," the child whose body was dumped in a cooler in the woods in upper Manhattan in 1991. They arrested a cousin of the 4-year-old girl who they say sexually assaulted and smothered her. Full story here.
In August, a taxi jumped a curb in midtown and struck a British tourist, severing her leg. People at the scene, including television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, rushed to help; one man took off his belt to make a tourniquet. Full story here.
A speedboat carrying members of a wedding party crashed into a barge on the Hudson River in July, two weeks before the wedding, killing the bride and best man. Lindsey Stewart, right inset, was killed along with Mark Lennon, left inset. Full story here.
NBC 4 New York was first to report that a 250-pound, 5-foot piece of an airplane wing that was believed to be part of a 9/11 jetliner was found in an alley near the World Trade Center in May. Full story here.
Thousands rallied and marched in May after a string of anti-gay bias attacks, including the fatal shooting of 32-year old Mark Carson in Greenwich Village.
A Queens businessman walked into the Long Island offices of a business partner and shot two people, killing one, before fleeing and setting off a days-long manhunt upstate in September. His body was eventually found in a river, and police believe he killed himself. Full story here.
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Cicadas, which only come every 17 years, invaded the tri-state area in the spring. This was taken on Staten Island in May. Full story here.
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Graffiti artist Banksy took up a month-long residence in New York City in October, surprising New Yorkers with a new work many mornings. More photos here.
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