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INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: What Happened on the Upper West Side in 2014

By Emily Frost | December 31, 2014 8:09am
 DNAinfo took a look back at the major events from the past year.
The Upper West Side in 2014
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UPPER WEST SIDE — 2014 was a year of both tragedy and major change for the neighborhood as residents mourned locals hurt and killed while crossing streets and took on controversial issues including a homeless shelter and a massive nursing home development.

The start of the year was marked by a series of crashes that killed pedestrians, including 9-year-old Cooper Stock. The accidents were followed by city proposals aiming to make the neighborhood's major intersections safer.

Over the course of the year, education leaders gained momentum on their goal of opening a new 6-12 school in the space vacated by Beacon High School, with the selection of the new school's first leader.

Advocates fighting for the closure of the homeless shelter on West 95th Street had a mixed year. The city agreed to halve the size of the 400-person shelter, but also extended its contract for another four years.

And those opposed to the Jewish Home Lifecare 20-story nursing home planned for West 97th Street learned the state approved the nonprofit's construction mitigation plans.

JHL plans to begin building the nursing home in the first quarter of 2015, but parents from a neighboring school, P.S. 163, say they'll wage a legal battle. 

Also in 2014, the Upper West Side saw dozens of new businesses and restaurants opening, along with a few longtime favorites closing.

And the neighborhood got some new leaders, including two new City Council members — Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine — and a new commanding officer of the 24th Precinct, Capt. Marlon Larin.

Scroll up for an interactive timeline featuring all these events and more from 2014.