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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Eric KononJanuary 3. Right before the polar vortex came to bury us all until early spring, New Yorkers were excitedly sledding in Prospect Park. If only we'd known what was to come.
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Photograph: Filip WolakJanuary 29–February 1. Times Square became Super Bowl Boulevard as the city went football crazy (despite the game actually taking place in Jersey).
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Photograph: Filip WolakFebruary 2. The 15th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival brought a much-needed shot of color to the white-and-gray streets.
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Photograph: Courtesy MRNYFebruary 27. The 35th Annual Black Party at Roseland Ballroom was every bit as over-the-top as we've come to expect.
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Photograph: Courtesy BunnyxJust a touch risqué.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Diana RobinsonMarch 17. The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade served as the backdrop to a day of Herculean booze consumption.
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Photograph: Filip WolakApril 5. New Yorkers flung the feathers at the 9th Annual Pillow Fight at Washington Square Park.
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Photograph: Alex StradaMay 10–July 6. Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby is displayed in the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg. After seeing it, Time Out New York's art editor Howard Halle wrote, "Walker’s Molotov cocktail of racial and female caricature lands with its usual effect—only here the explosion is measured in kilotons."
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Gigi_NycMay 30. Manhattanhenge returned to wow New Yorkers.
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Photograph: Michael ChenJune 6–8. Governors Ball saw the Strokes, OutKast and more pack Randall's Island Park for three straight days.
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Photograph: Michael ChenWe went every day. We regret nothing.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/MonoliticaJune 14. The Thunderbolt opened at Coney Island, offering New Yorkers a whole new way to lose their hot dogs.
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Photograph: Filip WolakJune 21. The Mermaid Parade returned to bring colorful chaos to the streets of Coney Island.
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Photograph: Filip WolakOh, and tasteful nudity, obviously.
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Photograph: Filip WolakJune 29. The Pride Parade came, saw and conquered.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAs ever, it was one of the most feel-good days of the year.
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Photograph: Filip WolakThere were a few rainbows, in case you didn't notice.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Douglas PalmerJuly 4. The Macy's Independence Day fireworks finally moved back to the East River.
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczAugust 3. The Algonquin Cat Fashion Show brought looks of adorable despair to kitties everywhere.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAugust 9. Full Moon Fest at Governors Island gives New Yorkers exactly what they want: an excuse to party.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAnd party we did.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAugust 17. The Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island went full Gatsby, and we loved it.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAugust 23. The wonderfully eclectic Afropunk Fest brought Bad Brains, Body Count, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings to Commodore Barry Park.
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Photograph: Filip WolakEclectic and very, very energetic.
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Photograph: Courtesy Instagram/@AndreabakacsAugust 27. New Yorkers take advantage of a warm summer by heading to the Rockaways.
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Photograph: Sam Yee/Strykapose on FlickrAugust 28. A supermoon rose above the city, and we super-swooned.
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Photograph: Jena CumboAugust 29. Electric Zoo brought EDM back to Randall's Island, and the ground shook.
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Photograph: Jena CumboElectric Zoo fashion: Not subtle but fun.
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Photograph: Luciana GolcmanSeptember 1. The West Indian Day Parade brought its own brand of spectacular showmanship to the city.
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Photography: Jake ChessumSeptember 10. New York icons Julian Casablancas and Karen O returned to their old stomping grounds and interviewed each other for the cover of Time Out New York.
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Photography: Jake ChessumIt was worth it just for the photos.
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Photograph: Filip WolakSeptember 12. The 12th annual Miss Coney Island Pageant celebrated old-school glamor with a pinch of sideshow freakiness.
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliOctober 27. Pooches got fancy for the Tompkins Square Dog Parade.
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Photograph: Filip WolakOctober 31. The annual Village Halloween Parade brought out the ghoul in everybody, as armies of the weird and wonderful danced through the city.
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Photograph: Filip WolakWell, some danced. Others just thrashed about a bit.
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Photograph: Filip WolakNovember 2. This year's New York Marathon showcased stamina, athleticism and the best signs we've seen yet.
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Photograph: Filip WolakThe best costumes, too.
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Photograph: Filip WolakAnd the best supporters, of course.
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Photograph: Filip WolakNovember 6. The Festival of Light premiered in Dumbo and quickly became so popular it had to be shut down early.
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Photograph: Jake ChessumNovember 10. Chris Rock was photographed for the cover of Time Out New York in advance of his new movie, Top Five.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/gigi_nycNovember 11. Fall hit Central Park. New Yorkers fell in love all over again.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tech. Sgt. Carl CleggNovember 11. New Yorkers showed their respect as the Veterans Day parade marched down Fifth Avenue.
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Photograph: Luciana GolcmanNovember 20. Macy's unveiled its holiday windows, and like magic, tourists appeared in thousands.
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Photograph: Filip WolakNovember 27. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade brought balloons and waving in equal measure.
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Photograph: Filip WolakDid we mention the waving?
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Nathan CongletonDecember 3. Following the tragic events in Ferguson, protesters gathered around Radio City Music Hall and many other areas of the city.
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Photograph: Filip WolakDecember 3. The Rockefeller Tree Lighting ceremony brought Lady Gaga, the Rockettes and 45,000 LED lights to the heart of Manhattan.
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ryan SorensenDecember 8. In a case much closer to home, protesters gathered on an unprecedented scale to express their anger over the verdict of the Eric Garner case.
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Photograph: Nadia CroesDecember 13. The Millions March NYC saw tens of thousands of New Yorkers come together in largely peaceful protest.
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Photograph: Brett CarlsenDecember 13. Despite being banned from several neighborhoods and taking place on the same day as the Millions March, SantaCon went ahead (kind of, sort of) as planned.

New York 2014: The year in pictures

Relive the year with these 50 photos showing all the major events, festivals, parties and parades that made up 12 months in NYC

By Nick Leftly

2014, huh? It’s been a hell of a year in New York. From the polar vortex to the supermoon, from the Mermaid Parade to SantaCon, from anguished protests to joyful celebrations, it’s definitely one to remember. Take a look back at all the amazing things we’ve done together over the last year as we get ready to welcome what is surely going to be an epic 2015.

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