Year was filled with plenty of ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs
A gun buyback program in August in Jamaica resulted in a huge haul of weapons.
City Councilman James Sanders Jr., right, and his chief of staff, Donovan Richards, raise their arms in triumph, after Sanders wins his bid for state Senate.
James Smith, left, widower of Police Officer Moira Smith, right, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Patricia Smith, daughter of James and Moira, unveil the sign renaming the Madison Square Park
playground in Manhattan in her honor.
Jamaica native Tina Charles won an Olympic gold medal in August.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, foreground, and Eagle Academy Principal Kenyatte Reid address the media.