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December 19, 2011
24. Because These Women Rock.

Pop and r&b may be filled with a variety of women making innovative noise, but even in 2011, backstage at the Bowery Ballroom can still feel like a boys’ club.

December 19, 2011
26. Because Questlove Is the People’s Bandleader.

Questlove proves how completely wrong we all were in thinking that he and his band had removed themselves from cultural relevance by taking a job playing commercial fade-ins in a TV studio.

December 19, 2011
13. Because Only Here Can a Hockey Goon Moonlight As a Fashion Maven and Gay-Rights Activist.

Even in the rough-and-tumble world of pro hockey—a sport in which one man per team is paid six figures to remove opposing players’ teeth—the Rangers’ Sean Avery is considered the worst of the worst.

December 19, 2011
18. Because the East River Ferry Swims Laps Around the L Train.

Since it launched in June, the East River Ferry has transported nearly 600,000 people.

December 19, 2011
12. Because To Hell With the NBA. Go, St. Francis!

The NBA lockout is at last over, and there will be basketball at the Garden this season and, next year, in Brooklyn.

December 19, 2011
17. Because to Us, a Natural Disaster Is Just Another Excuse to Say Who’s Better Than Whom.

Everyone immediately recognized the redrawn grid as an opportunity to reshuffle the caste system.

December 9, 2011
11. Because Paul Krugman Didn’t Keep His Calm.

The most remarkable attribute Krugman has brought to the Times is rudeness.

December 19, 2011
4. Because Andrew Cuomo Has Redeemed the Phrase “Political Lifer.”

Our governor is the government.

December 19, 2011
10. Because Bill Keller Kept His Calm.

He assumed his captaincy of the New York Times in the wake of a mutiny that was among the most painful episodes in the history of the paper.

December 19, 2011
31. Because We Have Blood Feuds Over, Yes, Broadway Musicals.

In an age of endless squabbles over nothing, from the debt ceiling to foreign aid, New Yorkers know what’s worth fighting over.

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