The year in pictures: New York photos 2013 (slide show)

Relive 2013 with our review of the year in pictures, including shots of cute animals, the reopened Statue of Liberty and lots more



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Ah, 2013. What a year! As you gear up for your New Year's Eve celebration, take a look back at the biggest and best of the preceding 12 months. Among the most interesting moments: We spent a lot of time on Governors Island, men gathered to determine who had the smallest penis in Brooklyn (NSFW! NSFW!), and many institutions returned following hiatuses imposed by Superstorm Sandy. See it all in the slide show below.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    No Pants Subway Ride, January 2013
    Improv Everywhere struck again with its annual signature prank: a mass-transit trouser drop. Get ready, the 2014 edition is approaching...

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Idiotarod, January 2013
    Wacky thrill-seekers converged for this yearly shopping-cart race complete with costumes, seminudity and an upright piano (don't ask).

  • Photograph: Anna Simonak

    New York Pet Fashion Show, February 2013
    Dogs in costume. Need we say more?

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 2013
    More dogs, participating in America’s most esteemed canine competition.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, February 2013
    Marching bands, floats, and lion and dragon dancers paraded from Little Italy through Chinatown to welcome the Year of the Snake.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 2013
    The Met’s Costume Institute made another daring debut with this survey of the inflammatory subculture’s impact on haute couture.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Rain Room by rAndom International at the Museum of Modern Art, May 2013
    In a year filled with crazes that inspired long lines (hello, cronut), MoMA's immersive summer installation—which allowed visitors to dance between raindrops—was among the few that was worth the hours-long wait.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    The New York Aquarium reopened, May 2013
    Seven months after Sandy's wallop, the Coney Island institution reopened its doors. This sea lion was really happy about it.

  • Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown

    Building implosion on Governors Island, June 2013
    An abandoned structure on the island oasis was finally torn down, ahead of a new development project, and it was an impressive sight.

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Figment NYC at Governors Island, June 2013
    The staycation destination turned into a whimsical and creative playground for the annual participatory art festival.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island, June and August 2013
    Flappers, vintage cars, jazz bands and even Bill Cunningham made an appearance at the Gatsby-era weekend soiree.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Coney Island Mermaid Parade, June 2013
    A Kickstarter campaign helped bring droves of body-painted, scantily clad mermen and women to Coney Island for this annual quirky promenade.

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Supreme Court DOMA decision celebration at Stonewall Inn, June 2013
    The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and essentially negated Prop 8, leading to much celebration in NYC.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    The Statue of Liberty reopened, July 2013
    Lady Libs reopened with an epic celebration on the Fourth of July, and she got to show off her (newly renovated) crown for the first time since 2011.

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks, July 2013
    More than 40,000 firecrackers lit up the sky over the Hudson River for the patriotic spectacle.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Fête Paradiso on Governors Island, July 2013
    The summerlong bash brought carnival rides, carousels and other French attractions to the island park.

  • Photograph: Constance & Eric

    Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant, July 2013
    A teeny-weeny wiener was crowned at the first-ever iteration of this contest at a Bushwick drinkery.

  • Photograph: Constance Faulk/CE Pictures

    Algonquin Hotel's Cat Fashion Show, August 2013
    Cats also got to dress up in ridiculous—and adorable!—costumes this year.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    West Indian–American Day Carnival, September 2013
    Floats and musicians traveled through Crown Heights, costumed revelers danced through the streets, and vendors served traditional Caribbean dishes at this vibrant parade.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Renovation of Madison Square Garden, October 2013
    The midtown arena finally got to show off its three-year, $1 billion face-lift.

  • Photograph: Sarah Mulligan

    The Internet Cat Video Film Festival, October 2013
    The inaugural NYC edition of this feline-focused movie fest touched down in Brooklyn, and we were there—as was kitty celebrity Lil Bub.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Village Halloween Parade, October 2013
    The wacky march returned to the Village thanks to extensive fund-raising, and folks broke out sexy, creepy and creative attire for the occasion.

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    ING New York City Marathon, November 2013
    In another triumphant post-Sandy return, thousands of athletes—many in costume—ran across all five boroughs.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Queens Museum reopened, November 2013
    After a years-long renovation process, the Flushing institution showed off its revamped digs and updated exhibitions.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 2013
    Though threatened by high winds and chilly temperatures, the annual Turkey Day procession went off with hardly a hitch.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, December 2013
    Mariah Carey sang "All I Want for Christmas Is You." What more do you want?

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Fourth Annual Beard and Mustache Competition, December 2013
    Fuzzy-faced dudes including Rent Is Too Damn High party founder Jimmy McMillan tested their follicular fortitude at Irving Plaza.

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    SantaCon, December 2013
    Local opposition and a gnarly winter storm couldn't stop costumed revelers from boozing their way through multiple boroughs.

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

No Pants Subway Ride, January 2013
Improv Everywhere struck again with its annual signature prank: a mass-transit trouser drop. Get ready, the 2014 edition is approaching...

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