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2017 in review

We started the year swearing in a new president and ended it with major shifts in both the U.S. tax system and local politics. Violence by members of the MS-13 gang left Long Island families brokenhearted while the nation suffered its deadliest mass shooting in modern history. Billy Joel welcomed concertgoers to the revamped Nassau Coliseum and we said goodbye to celebrities like Tom Petty. Explore the memorable moments of 2017 here.

Long Island's top 25 stories

Top news stories

Long Island's top 25 stories

Historic political elections and political corruption charges. The opening of a casino and the grand reopening of the Nassau Coliseum. Those were just some of the local stories that defined 2017.

Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Top LI pictures of 2017

Photos for posterity

Top LI pictures of 2017

Friends and family say goodbye to loved ones lost to violence. A set of triplets undergo a historic surgery to correct a rare skull condition. See the stunning and emotional images taken on LI this year.

Steve Pfost

Relive 2017 in under 7 minutes

Video Year in Review

Relive 2017 in under 7 minutes

Watch the memorable moments and stories Newsday captured on video this year.

Newsday's notable covers of 2017

Front and center

Newsday's notable covers of 2017

See a collection of the most notable Newsday covers of the year.

How Newsday covered 2017

Special edition

How Newsday covered 2017

See some of the biggest local, national and international stories of the year.

Newsday

Stories that were 'so Long Island'

Local flavor

Stories that were 'so Long Island'

From a fake road sign telling drivers to speed up to a traveler's viral response to an empty LIRR car, these stories will have you shaking your head and muttering, 'That's so Long Island.'

Facebook / Lenny Sinacore

LI kids who found fame in 2017

Local prodigies

LI kids who found fame in 2017

2017 was a good year to get 15 minutes of fame for these select local kids, including a young voice actor.

Nickelodeon

Women who left a mark

Making headlines

Women who left a mark

These Long Island women and girls made an impact in 2017, including a young author and a groundbreaking athlete.

Newsday / Kimberly Yuen

Everything the board wrote in 2017

Editorials

Everything the board wrote in 2017

This year, the editorial board wrote more than 400 editorials – taking positions on the news, politics and policies that impact Long Islanders.

AP

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

Home and abroad

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

Memorable images from President Trump's inauguration, the Manchester Arena attack, the #MeToo movement and more.

Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Trends, breakouts and more

Best and worst in entertainment

Trends, breakouts and more

See what our critics have to say about surprises and disappointments that made up the year in pop culture.

Invision / Scott Roth

Long Island

Long Islanders we lost in 2017

Notable deaths

Long Islanders we lost in 2017

The matriarch of a Long Island political family, a budding music star and a professor who battled brain cancer are among the Long Islanders we lost this year.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Long Islanders who made us proud

Making us proud

Long Islanders who made us proud

Read about the students who helped bring a boy to the United States to receive lifesaving heart surgery and more tales of acts of kindness and amazing feats Long Islanders performed.

Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Sports

2017 notable sports deaths

Passing on

2017 notable sports deaths

We said goodbye to athletes, coaches and personalities.

AP / Chris O'Meara

Top sports photos of 2017

Picks of pics

Top sports photos of 2017

There are plenty of good photos taken each year at sporting events. Here are 37 we found particularly memorable.

AP / Paul Chiasson

Food

Top 100 restaurants

Best places to eat

Top 100 restaurants

Newsday's fifth annual list of Long Island restaurants covers seafood, steakhouses and everything in between.

Daniel Brennan

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures

Most notable closings

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures

This year’s closings included a bar featuring live music and Beatles memorabilia and a landmark waterfront restaurant that went on the market for $975,000.

Newsday / Erica Marcus

Best restaurants for cheap eats

Bargain bites

Best restaurants for cheap eats

2017 proved another good year for diners looking for good food at decent prices.

Daniel Brennan

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

Winning meals

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

From the Five Towns out to the North Fork, fine dining proved exceptionally fine in 2017.

Yvonne Albinowski

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

Destination pies

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

This year, the list welcomes three new pizzerias, all of which make pies in the classic Neapolitan tradition.

Yvonne Albinowski

Entertainment

Top 30 albums of 2017, ranked

Best music

Top 30 albums of 2017, ranked

Tumultuous times yield great art. And 2017 proved the rule.

Lava / Republic Records

20 of the best TV shows this year

Best TV shows

20 of the best TV shows this year

Critic Verne Gay ranks television's offerings in 2017 from 20 to No. 1.

HBO

'Baby Driver' to 'Wonder Woman'

Best movies

'Baby Driver' to 'Wonder Woman'

The most memorable movies of 2017 were often the smallest and most personal.

TriStar Pictures / Wilson Webb

Stars who died in 2017

Celebrity deaths

Stars who died in 2017

Remembering the actors, leaders and icons we bid adieu, from Mary Tyler Moore to Chuck Berry.

Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

They broke up in 2017

Celeb splits

They broke up in 2017

From Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' split, to Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill's breakup.

Getty Images for Maxim / Michael Buckner

Lifestyle

'Manhattan Beach,' 'Grant' and more

Best books

'Manhattan Beach,' 'Grant' and more

Five nonfiction and five fiction books that entertained, educated, surprised, moved or astonished us.

Scribner

Books that deserved more buzz

Overlooked gems

Books that deserved more buzz

Some books go viral, with good reviews, word of mouth and social media making them bestsellers. Other books — truly wonderful books — never get the buzz or the universal acclaim they deserve.

Little, Brown

The best cookbooks of 2017

Cookbooks galore

The best cookbooks of 2017

A great cookbook can keep you happily chained to your kitchen, or transport you to another place and time.

Laura Dart and A.J. Meeker

2016 in review

Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Top politicians in Nassau were charged with political corruption, and key officials in Suffolk were convicted of other crimes. A local pizza delivery man shot to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” while we mourned the deaths of iconic entertainers including Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and Prince. 2016 has been a dramatic year. Here’s some of what we’ll remember.

Long Island's top 25 stories

Top news stories

Long Island's top 25 stories

Political corruption charges that shook a county and a political debate that drew the eyes of the nation. Those were just some of the local stories that defined 2016.

James Carbone

Disappointments, debuts, farewells

Best and worst in entertainment

Disappointments, debuts, farewells

See what our critics have to say about trends, surprises, breakouts and letdowns that made up the year in pop culture.

Netflix / Curtis Baker

Relive 2016 in under 6 minutes

Video Year in Review

Relive 2016 in under 6 minutes

See the memorable moments and stories Newsday captured on video this year.

Top LI pictures of 2016

Photos for posterity

Top LI pictures of 2016

A father and daughter embrace after surviving a plane crash. A whale becomes stranded in Moriches Bay. See the stunning and emotional images taken on LI this year.

Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Matt Davies' cartoons of the year

Memorable takes

Matt Davies' cartoons of the year

The cartoonist says choosing this collection is a challenge.

Matt Davies

Newsday's notable covers of 2016

Front and center

Newsday's notable covers of 2016

See a collection of the most notable Newsday covers of the year, chosen by the editors, from January through December.

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

Home and abroad

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

Memorable images from the Dallas police shootings, the conflict in Syria, the presidential election, the World Series and more.

AP / Carolyn Kaster

Stories that were 'so Long Island'

Local flavor

Stories that were 'so Long Island'

From a surprise Billy Joel performance to a Dunkin' Donuts wedding, these stories will have you shaking your head and muttering, 'That's so Long Island.'

Newsday / John Paraskevas

LI kids who found fame in 2016

Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

LI kids who found fame in 2016

2016 was a good year to get 15 minutes of fame for these select few local kids, including a young quiz show contestant.

Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Long Island

50 Long Islanders we lost in 2016

Notable deaths

50 Long Islanders we lost in 2016

A member of 'The God Squad,' a police sergeant killed in a shootout, and a school principal who battled cancer are among the Long Islanders we lost this year.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Long Islanders who made us proud

Making us proud

Long Islanders who made us proud

Read about a trio who rescued a father and his two children from their sinking boat and more tales of amazing feats and acts of kindness Long Islanders performed.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

LI celebs who made news in 2016

Famous LIers

LI celebs who made news in 2016

This year has been momentous for everyone, including some of Long Island’s favorite sons and daughters.

Invision / Jordan Strauss

Sports

That’s so 2016, the sports edition

Bizarre, unique stories

That’s so 2016, the sports edition

The year 2016 has been unlike any other.

EPA / Patrick B. Kraemer

Top sports photos of 2016

Picks of pics

Top sports photos of 2016

There are plenty of good photos taken each year at sporting events. Here are 46 we found particularly enjoyable.

TNS / Brian Cassella

2016 notable sports deaths

Passing on

2016 notable sports deaths

We said goodbye to athletes, coaches and personalities.

Getty Images / Ronald Martinez

Food

Best restaurants for cheap eats

Bargain bites

Best restaurants for cheap eats

It's been a banner year for cheap eats restaurants, with openings from Long Beach to Montauk inspired by cuisine from around the globe.

Daniel Brennan

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

Winning meals

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

Bay Shore was the big winner in 2016’s fine-dining sweepstakes.

Daniel Brennan

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures

Most notable closings

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures

This year’s closings included a pizza joint that was home to a 34-inch pie and a P.J. Clarke's spin-off that lasted barely a year.

Aaron Zebrook

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

Destination pies

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

This year, the list welcomes three new pizzerias, all of which make pies in the classic Neapolitan tradition.

Ryan C. Jones

The best cookbooks of 2016

Cookbooks galore

The best cookbooks of 2016

A great cookbook can keep you happily chained to your kitchen, or transport you to another place and time.

Newsday / Rebecca Cooney

Entertainment

Top 50 albums of 2016, ranked

Best music

Top 50 albums of 2016, ranked

It was the Year of the Surprise as Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Frank Ocean all rolled out new albums with little to no notice.

Sony

26 of the best TV shows this year

Best TV shows

26 of the best TV shows this year

Critic Verne Gay ranks television's offerings in 2016 from 26 to No. 1, including a tie.

NBC/Justin Lubin

'Manchester by the Sea,' 'Allied' and more

Best movies

'Manchester by the Sea,' 'Allied' and more

See the movies critic Rafer Guzman is dubbing the year's greatest.

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attr/Claire Folger

They broke up in 2016

Celeb splits

They broke up in 2016

From Brangelina's split after 12 years together, to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's breakup after a little more than a year of marriage.

AP

Stars who died in 2016

Celebrity deaths

Stars who died in 2016

Remembering the actors, leaders and icons we bid adieu, from Prince to Gene Wilder.

Getty Images / Vince Bucci

Newsday documentaries

The culture of speed on Long Island

Speed Racer

The culture of speed on Long Island

Some practice the sport of drag racing legally, but there exists a sub-culture of racers who do not. The consequences of those illegal street races have, at times, led to tragedy.

Fighter, activist, icon

Muhammad Ali

Fighter, activist, icon

From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendent cultural figure.

Business

Top companies to work for

Prized employers

Top companies to work for

The 25 best companies to work for are made up of a wide array of U.S. companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Google and In-N-Out Burger.

Glassdoor

Worst jobs to have in 2016

The job market

Worst jobs to have in 2016

The list of the 10 worst jobs includes newspaper reporter, logger and taxi driver.

AP / Amy Sancetta

Mobile games you must play

It's a mobile world

Mobile games you must play

Our list of the best mobile games on the Google Play and Apple App Store right now.

Niantic

Lifestyle

'The Underground Railroad,' 'Swing Time' and more

Best books

'The Underground Railroad,' 'Swing Time' and more

2016 saw an embarrassment of riches on the literary front, in both fiction and nonfiction.

Doubleday

Best children's books

For the kids

Best children's books

The 10 best children's books of 2016 sure to engage any young reader.

Amazon

2015 in review

Billy Joel closed down the Nassau Coliseum, while a horse for the ages captured the first Triple Crown in decades at Belmont Park. Two of the state’s top political leaders, including Long Island’s Dean Skelos, were convicted and lost their seats. And a 91-year-old high school graduate made us proud. 2015 has been a nonstop year. Here’s what we’ll remember.

Long Island's top 10 stories

Top news stories

Long Island's top 10 stories

Former Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam were convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy in a decisive verdict. See that and nine more top LI stories of the year.

Anthony Lanzilote

Disappointments, debuts, farewells

Best and worst in entertainment

Disappointments, debuts, farewells

Our movie, TV, music, theater and book critics on the major moments, big debuts, worst flops and notable farewells of 2015.

AMC

See the year in just 4 minutes

Video Year in Review

See the year in just 4 minutes

From American Pharoah's Triple Crown win to the popemobile in NYC to the closing of the Nassau Coliseum, see the memorable moments and stories Newsday captured on video this year.

Top LI pictures of 2015

Photos for posterity

Top LI pictures of 2015

What's this acrobatic display? A Long Islander practicing his tricking and parkour skills in summer at Robert Moses State Park.

Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Matt Davies' cartoons of the year

Memorable takes

Matt Davies' cartoons of the year

The cartoonist says choosing this collection is a challenge.

Matt Davies

Newsday's notable covers of 2015

Front and center

Newsday's notable covers of 2015

See a collection of the most notable Newsday covers of the year, chosen by the editors, from January through December.

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

Home and abroad

Top photos around the U.S. and globe

From the Rocky Fire in California to a Chilean volcano's eruption to a New York fugitive's capture.

AP / Josh Edelson

New York City's 2015 highs, and lows

Top NYC photos

New York City's 2015 highs, and lows

One high: Pope Francis riding the popemobile through Central Park on Sept. 25, 2015.

Howard Schnapp

LI kids who found fame in 2015

'MasterChef Junior'

LI kids who found fame in 2015

2015 was a good year to get 15 minutes of fame for these select few local kids, including a young cook.

FOX / Greg Gayne

Long Island

50 Long Islanders we lost in 2015

Notable deaths

50 Long Islanders we lost in 2015

From a police officer, to a veteran actor, to a Hall of Fame hockey coach, Newsday remembers some of those whom we lost this year.

News 12; NYPD; Joseph D. Sullivan

Long Islanders who made us proud

Making us proud

Long Islanders who made us proud

From a World Series starter to a Medal of Valor recipient, there were plenty of Long Islanders who did amazing things in 2015.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

LI murder and homicide victims

In memoriam

LI murder and homicide victims

These people were killed in Nassau and Suffolk counties this year, in chronological order from January through December.

Family; Facebook; Instagram

Sports

Sports firsts in 2015

New standards

Sports firsts in 2015

The defending champion Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, set the NBA record for most wins to start a season.

AP / Chris Young

Top 10 New York sports stories

The year in sports

Top 10 New York sports stories

Take a look back at the Big Apple's top sports stories of 2015, as selected by our sports editors and retold by columnist Neil Best.

Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel

Top sports photos of 2015

Picks of pics

Top sports photos of 2015

There are plenty of good photos taken each year at sporting events. Here are 46 we found particularly enjoyable.

Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

2015 sports champions

No one better

2015 sports champions

See which teams won titles during the 2015 calendar year.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Women in sports in 2015

Firsts & phenoms

Women in sports in 2015

A huge year for female athletes, from USWNT to Serena Williams.

Getty Images / Franck Fife

2015 notable sports deaths

Passing on

2015 notable sports deaths

We said goodbye to athletes, coaches and personalities.

Getty Images / Mike Powell

Food

Best Long Island dishes and eats

Moments to savor

Best Long Island dishes and eats

Every so often, you take a bite that makes you want to stop time and savor the moment. Here are the 20 best things we ate on Long Island in 2015.

Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

Winning meals

Best restaurants for fine dining on LI

It was the year of the tapas bar and the gastropub, super sushi, chef's star turns and a lot of first-class food.

Gordon M. Grant

LI's 10 best burgers of 2015

A gustatory classic

LI's 10 best burgers of 2015

Whether tricked out or naked, the burger is an essential on the dining scene. While we’ve eaten thousands over the years, here are our 10 latest favorites, ranked.

Daniel Brennan

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures of 2015

Most notable closings

Biggest Long Island restaurant closures of 2015

This year’s closings run the gamut from Long Island’s oldest Italian restaurant, which called it quits at 96, to a promising Turkish spot that shut after only 6 months.

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

Destination pies

The Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive

Most Long Islanders have a favorite local pizzeria whose honor they are prepared to defend to the death, Newsday's Erica Marcus has discovered.

The best cookbooks of 2015

Cookbooks galore

The best cookbooks of 2015

Sure, it's the digital age. But there's still nothing like a cookbook. Here are our Top 10 picks for 2015, from 'Scandinavian Baking' to Israeli cooking.

Newsday / Rebecca Cooney

Entertainment

The year's best albums

Music

The year's best albums

From Adele's much-hyped '25' to Disclosure's brilliant 'Caracal,' pop music critic Glenn Gamboa rounds up his favorite releases.

Republic Records

Critic's picks: Best TV shows of 2015

Television's top 10

Critic's picks: Best TV shows of 2015

TV critic Verne Gay says 2015 was a very good year indeed, with 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' and 'The Jinx' among the standouts.

Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

'Inside Out,' 'Amy' and more

Best movies

'Inside Out,' 'Amy' and more

Film critic Rafer Guzmann says the awards-season race is wide open. Here's his top 10, with a few honorable mentions.

TNS

They broke up in 2015

Celeb splits

They broke up in 2015

Ben and Jen are done, among other notable couples -- including Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.

AP / Invision / Evan Agostini

Coates, Ferrante, Larson and Marra

Best books

Coates, Ferrante, Larson and Marra

These are this year's books that really stayed with us -- five in nonfiction and five in fiction.

Hogarth

Stars who died in 2015

Celebrity deaths

Stars who died in 2015

Remembering the actors, leaders and icons we bid adieu, from Natalie Cole to Leonard Nimoy.

Photofest / NBC

Newsday documentaries

Islanders' last season at Nassau Coliseum

Leaving Long Island

Islanders' last season at Nassau Coliseum

'The old barn' rocked in its final season. Newsday followed Islanders employees, fans and players throughout the emotional ride.

Where Triple Crowns are made

Belmont's backstretch

Where Triple Crowns are made

The preparation to make him a Triple Crown winner begins on the backstretch and at Belmont Park, where the backstretch is a community unto itself.

Business

Worst jobs to have in 2015

The job market

Worst jobs to have in 2015

The worst jobs of 2015 included newspaper reporter, lumberjack and taxi driver, according to CareerCast.com.

AP

Biggest LI business expansions

Tax breaks

Biggest LI business expansions

LI industrial development agencies approved tax breaks for 17 projects valued at $4 million or more in 2015.

SHoP Architects

Apple's best apps of 2015

It's a mobile world

Apple's best apps of 2015

Periscope, Instagram and HBO NOW are some of the standouts in the top 25. Spark and Zova also made the cut.

Apple

Lifestyle

10 best children's books of 2015

For the kids

10 best children's books of 2015

Here are the top page-turners for kids of all ages, from 'Wolfie the Bunny' to 'Journey to the Moon,' as chosen by Parents Magazine.

Amazon.com

Top 10 moments in fashion

Measuring up

Top 10 moments in fashion

In 2015 one of the world’s most famous designers stepped down, and barely-there evening dresses ruled on red carpets.

Getty Images for Victoria's Secret

Best places to work in the U.S.

Prized employers

Best places to work in the U.S.

Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards for the best companies to work for includes Facebook and In-N-Out Burger.

AP