A Year in Review: My Five Favorite Stories from 2012

An editor lists her favorite stories told this year.


As 2012 comes to a close, it seems as good a time as any to look back on the year and the stories it wrought. There were many stories I loved to read or report on, but here are five of my favorite that I wanted to share with you: 

  • Chicken Keeping Takes Hold in Brooklyn Neighborhood

"Anyone lose a chicken?" -- Words cannot express how excited I was to read those words on the Flatbush Family Network. It's not everyday that you get to learn more about raising chickens, especially in Brooklyn. I was so very happy to get to know Jennifer Wilenta, her children, Zoe and Tristan and Patchwork Freebird, the aforementioned roaming bird that caught my eye in the first place.

  • What Do You Think Should Replace the Pink?

Park Slope Patch asked that question regarding a standout Park Slope brownstone on Garfield Place. Though the building's sprucing is a story in and of itself, I loved reading comments on the piece, which detailed the origins of the brownstone's odd hue. The former owner painted it pink in memory of his wife, who had passed away. Though the color might have stuck out like a sore thumb, I loved the sentiment behind it.

Hurricane Sandy touched us all in one way or another. The residents of Ditmas Park are resilient, and though the neighborhood was seriously hurting after dozens of trees were upended during the storm, Halloween was going to go on. And after whethering that storm, the little witches, pirates, goblins and ghouls of Ditmas Park who came out in full force on Oct. 31 were a sight for sore eyes.

  • The Harrowing Rescue of the Hurri-Kittens

Windsor Terrace-Kensington Patch told the wonderful story of Spencer Service, a man with a heart of gold who took a stray cat and her newborn kittens off the streets on the precipice of the biggest storm to slam New York City in recent history. This little snippet does not do the story justice, so read Service's entire story by clicking the link above. 

  • Fort Greene Raises More than $7K for Hurricane Sandy Victims

If you can't tell by now, I'm a sucker for a feel-good story. After Hurricane Sandy hit, it was hard to not be floored by the outpouring of good will from those more fortunate. The residents of Fort Greene were no exception. At an event at Irondale, over 500 attendees from 20 performance arts organizations came together to raise $7,150 for affected by Hurricane Sandy. There's still so much to do to get back to where we were, but stories like this give you hope. 


What were some of your favorite stories you read on Patch this year? Let me know in the comments section below. 


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