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    My best post on City Room this year

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | December 29, 2007

    City Room End of Year 2007 Lamb and rats

    I was asked to put together a funny highs and lows for 2007 on NYC. Which is interesting, because I had never done that before and had to figure out how to make humor work. I actually kind of came up with a few methodologies, and consulted my friend, Rachel Axler, whose a writer for The Daily Show (when they are writing that is).

    My favorites…

    Least graceful breakup announcement: A-Rod’s free-agent declaration during the fourth game of the World Series. (He ended up staying with the Yankees, after all.)
    Most graceful breakup announcement: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s press release announcing his decision to leave the Republican Party during a June trip to California.

    Most intrusive transportation initiative: Congestion pricing.
    Least intrusive transportation initiative: Colorful flower decals on the hoods of taxis.

    Most photogenic small animal: Lucky Lady, the 7-month-old lamb found loose on the mean streets of the Bronx in June.
    Least photogenic small animal: The rats filmed at a KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village in February.

    Widely noted acknowledgment of sexual identity: The announcement by J. K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, during a question-and-answer session at Carnegie Hall in October, that the fictional wizard Albus Dumbledore was gay.
    Widely noted denial of sexual identity: The statement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who told an audience at Columbia University in September, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

    Political phone call that shouldn’t have gone to voice mail: The threatening phone message that the Republican political consultant Roger J. Stone Jr. is said to have left on the answering machine of Governor Spitzer’s father in August.
    Political phone call that should have gone to voice mail: Judith Giuliani’s puzzling call to her husband Rudolph W. Giuliani’s cellphone during his speech in September to the National Rifle Association.

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