The most popular Brooklyn Paper stories of 2016 • Brooklyn Paper

The most popular Brooklyn Paper stories of 2016

Ice, ice baby: Part of Borough Hall station is buried under snow.
Community News Group / Ruth Brown

Sometimes a story just clicks with our readers — and we’ve counted those clicks! These were the most-viewed stories on BrooklynPaper.com in 2016:

1. Man punches woman in the face after argument about Trump at Boerum Hill bistro

In one of the first of many hate-fueled attacks to take place in Brooklyn following November’s election, a fan of the Donald slugged a lady at Bar Tabac after she expressed her dismay at the election results — then ran off, and is still at large. As you can imagine, the newsroom received lots of messages from very sane and rational people after this story went viral.

2. Trump’s son-in-law buys Watchtower HQ, has big, beautiful plans for it

Developer Jared Kushner has been buying up the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ old Dumbo properties for years, but people started paying more attention in 2016 when they learned that he is Ivanka Trump’s husband and her dad’s right-hand-man.

3. Crown Heights teen learns he is getting full ride to Harvard

Who could resist sharing this heartwarming moment caught on camera? Not our readers.

Shop and stop: Millie Ruttner, Al Ettlinger, and Rhudi Andreolli became viral sensations when they were exiled from the Park Slope Food Co-op
Photo by Jason Speakman

4. City shuts controversial Williamsburg club Brooklyn Mirage

Brooklyn’s party people had to let pals know that their weekend plans were off after firefighters pulled the plug on this massive outdoor nightclub in May — then again in June.

5. It’s snowing inside Borough Hall station

There’s nothing like a captive audience! Readers stuck at home during a blizzard in February were momentarily relieved from their boredom by eye-catching photos of the snow storm filtering down into the stop’s Flatbush-bound 4 and 5 platform.

6. Park Slope Food Co-op suspends four members over Israel boycott spat

In this year’s “Peak Park Slope” moment, the iconic socialist supermarket’s long-simmering dispute over whether to ban Israeli products finally boiled over when four longtime members stormed a pro-boycott meeting — and were exiled to a year in Key Food purgatory by the store’s Disciplinary Committee as a result.

7. Bed-Stuy board rejects outpost of Williamsburg hipster dive-bar empire

Anti-hipster heroes or everything that’s wrong with America? Our readers were divided after Bedford-Stuyvesant’s community board rejected a trendy bar chain’s bid to open a new outpost in the rapidly gentrifying nabe, instead grilling the proprietors over how many black employees they have.

Feel-good news: Thousands shared footage of Medgar Evers College Prep senior Ethan Ambrose learning he was getting a full ride to Harvard.
Photo by Jason Speakman

8. Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast takes starring role in new mob movie

We’re still not entirely sure why people went so wild for this arts article about an indie flick that features scenes set during the storied Italian-American tower-carrying festival, but we aren’t complaining either.

9. Critics: No-prison deal for slumlord Israel brothers is ‘slap on the wrist’

A poll on this article asked whether notoriously crappy landlords Joel and Amrom Israel got what they deserved after pleading guilty to harassing rent-stabilized tenants from their buildings with pit bulls and demolition. “No” was winning pretty handily until we got a surge of traffic from folks who left exclusively sympathetic comments and voted “yes” more than a thousand times.

10. Stop and stair! Luxury development builds its own subway entrance

Along with its in-house third-wave espresso bar and heated rooftop dog run, the over-the-top luxury amenities of Downtown’s Ava DoBro building are an ongoing source of fascination for Brooklyn Paper readers and reporters alike.

Grand entrance: A luxury building with its own subway entrance?! Readers' minds were blown.
Community News Group / Vince DiMiceli

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