Top 25 Stories of the Year on

The Most Read Stories from 2014 on

The Syracuse New Times has a long history as the definitive source for provocative journalism, progressive thinking and regional arts and cultural coverage. In the past year, we re-designed our print edition, which you can find on stands every Wednesday at more than 1,500 locations throughout Central New York.

Syracuse New TimesBut online, as part of our year-end review, we invite you to take a look back at 2014’s top stories on

These are the top 25 stories and articles that caught your attention and garnered the highest results in our digital analytics.

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25. A Day at the Races

New Times photographer Michael Davis captured the action at area race tracks.

(Cover Story/Photos) Michael Davis, June 18th, 2014

Let's Go Racing

24. Making Magic

What if you could create your own dream job? Chedy Hampson did.

(Tech) Joe Cunningham, September 16th, 2014

Making Magic

23. So long, Stevie’s Street Eats. Hello, Paul’s Street Eats

Street Eats restaurant and food truck were taken over.

(Food) Margaret McCormick, June 5th, 2014

So long, Stevie's Street Eats. Hello, Paul's Street Eats

22. 1 in 4 Women Will Be Raped Before Graduating College

Memoir of SU rape written in hopes recovery will be easier for other victims.

(C0ver Story) Renée K. Gadoua, April 16th, 2014

Rape, Recovery, Reform

21. Face Time: Shai Maeweather

Shai Maeweather runs WI$E Clothing, a custom clothing line he describes as urban street wear.

(Face Time) Renée K. Gadoua, June 11th, 2014

Face Time Shai Maeweather

20. JFK in Dallas: The Syracuse Connections

Upstate New Yorkers lingered on the periphery of Kennedy’s assassination.

(C0ver Story) Russ Tarby, November 20th, 2013


19. Exerting Influence

The New Times examined the links between the Syracuse Academy of Science and the Gülen movement.

(Cover Story) Ed Griffin-Nolan, June 25th, 2014

exerting influence

18. The Most Polarizing Issue in America

Abortion has been a hot topic for decades. Where do you stand?

(Cover Story) Marilyn Borth, January 22nd, 2014


17. Onondaga County’s Lakeview Amphitheater

Reporting on the conceptual design for the Onondaga County amphitheater.

(News) Ty Marshal, July 14th, 2014

Onondaga County's Lakeview Amphitheater

16. New Uses Begin for Historic Former Restaurant

The Courier Building  is one of five buildings still standing in Syracuse that were built before the Civil War.

(Living Space) Gloria Wright, August 13th, 2014

living space1

15. Are Our Teachers Safe?

Teachers and parents have been talking with writer Ed Griffin-Nolan about the state of Syracuse’s schools.

(Cover Story) Ed Griffin-Nolan, August 20th, 2014

Are Our Teachers Safe?

14. Perfect Pussy

Syracuse Band Gains National Attention.

(Cover Story) Patrick Hosken, December 17th, 2014

Perfect Pussy

13. Syracuse Students Demand Safe Space

Syracuse University students led an impromptu protest against homophobic messages on campus.

(News) Leanna Garfield, September 25th, 2014

Syracuse Students Demand Safe Space

12. Gas Station Pizza Was…Wanting, But We Have a Winner

Jeff Kramer decides who serves the best.

(Kramer) Jeff Kramer, November 19th, 2014

gas station pizza

11. The 2014 Syracuse Nationals

Michael Davis Photos from the 2014 Syracuse Nationals.

(Photos) Michael Davis, July 21st, 2014

The 2014 Syracuse Nationals

10. Sweet Success

Ryan Novak achieved his childhood dream, then took it to another level.

(Cover Story) Eric Lyons, February 5th, 2014

Sweet Success

9. New Concept and New Executive Chef at Diamond Catering

What’s new at Diamond Catering? That’s a good question.

(Food) Margaret McCormick, September 2nd, 2014

Open for the season Diamond Catering Roadside Grill

8. Do You See This Man?

He’s homeless, and many people pass as if he were invisible.

(Cover Story) Michelle van Dalen, October 22nd, 2014


7. Bite into Apple Season in CNY

How do you like them apples?

(Food) Margaret McCormick, September 16th, 2014

Bite into Apple Season in CNY

6. C’mon, Dan. We’ll buy the coffee.

If Maffei isn’t up to more than one joint interview, voters should know that.

(Starting Point) Larry Dietrich, October 8th, 2014

Good for Dan Maffei

5. Back to the Land

Two Syracuse residents recently moved to a farm in Oswego County and are trying to make a go of it.

(Food/Living) Margaret McCormick, September 3rd, 2014

Back to the Land

4. A Matter of Trust

A letter by Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

(News/Editorial) Cynthia Morrow, April 16th, 2014

The Public's Trust

3. You’re Not Done Yet

Student-athlete Wendall Williams talks about the moment the light went on.

(Cover Story) Ed Griffin-Nolan, July 2nd, 2014


2. A Short History of the Rainbow Flag

A conversation with Gilbert Baker (creator of the rainbow pride flag).

(News) Ty Marshal, June 19th, 2014

A Short History of the Rainbow Flag

1. Best of Syracuse 2014

Best of Syracuse® is an annual reader-generated poll, trademarked by the Syracuse New Times.

(Cover Story) Syracuse New Times, October 1st, 2014

Best Of Syracuse Feature

(Compiled by Ty Marshal, Manager of Digital Media)

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