It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 12th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the year's most popular stories.
What did Curbed's readers love in 2015? If the biggest stories of the year are anything to go by, then tiny apartments, celebrity news, and exclusive peeks inside normally off-limits spaces ruled. (But we knew that already—2014's top stories were skewed similarly.) Here now, the 10 most read stories of 2015.
↑ 10. Crude Subway Map Tells the Truth About Each Manhattan Stop
According to the map, the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop on the 6 is good for spotting "People filming Law & Order episodes," and "Jersey People" seem to exclusively hang around the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal A/C/E stop.
↑ 9. Revisiting Brooklyn's Abandoned Admiral's Row Before It's Gone
Many abandoned landmarks around the city have been swept up in the current development boom, and Admiral's Row, while never declared an official New York landmark, is part of this wave of projects.
↑ 8. 100-Square-Foot Upper West Side Rental Is So Sad It Hurts
Of all the (many, many) small apartments in New York City, this one might earn the prize for most depressing.
↑ 7. The Final World Trade Center Tower's New Design, Revealed!
Almost 14 years after Sept. 11, the world finally knows what the last major tower of the massive, complex, fraught World Trade Center site will look like. Danish architectural wunderkind Bjarke Ingels unveiled his firm's elaborate vision for 2 World Trade Center.
↑ 6. What 15 Historic New York City Scenes Look Like Today
It's often said that the only constant in New York is constant change, and glancing through historic photos of the city—even photos from just 20 years ago—it's evident how true this really is.
↑ 5. Kelly Ripa Ditched Soho for $27M Upper East Side Townhouse
In April 2013, the townhouse at 12 East 76th Street sold for a whopping $27 million to a buyer hidden behind an LLC, and now, nearly two years after the sale closed, the Daily News learned who the mystery buyers are: talk show host Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos.
↑ 4. Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks in NYC, 2015 Edition
Because people love fireworks.
↑ 3. First Look Inside Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment of 53 Years
For the last 53 years of her life, Lauren Bacall lived at the Dakota, and photos of her apartment reveal a woman who relished antique items of any kind, from chaises to mother-of-pearl chests, who treasured art and lined her walls with it.
↑ 2. How One New Yorker Lives Comfortably In 90 Square Feet
"I really like getting rid of things," says Mary Helen Rowell. "It's my favorite thing." Considering that Rowell's apartment measures all of 90 square feet, purging is more of a necessity than a hobby, but enjoying the process makes it easier to keep the tiny space neat. "If there are three things on the floor, it's a disaster."
↑ 1. Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
Curbed readers loved photographer Max Touhey's inside look at the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, which show the long-shuttered Eero Saarinen landmark in all its mid-century, retro glory. The development of the icon into a hotel is now underway, but these photos will live on—click through for the full gallery.