NEW YORK (PIX11) — As we say goodbye to 2022 and usher in the new year, we took a look back at some of the most compelling stories reported by PIX11. Here are the top 15 stories that PIX11 viewers cared about most in 2022:

1 – Full list of Friday school closings for NY, NJ as snowstorm heads our way

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Mother Nature caused quite a commotion in January. A snowstorm on Jan. 7 affected school schedules in New Jersey and New York.

2 – Snow totals in NY, NJ: See how much fell in your area

People go skiing in Prospect Park following a major snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At the end of January, a nor’easter brought more than 2 feet of snow to parts of New York and New Jersey. New York City snow totals included 8.3 inches in Central Park and 11.2 inches in Bay Ridge, but Long Island recorded the most snow. Over 24 inches of snow was reported in Bay Shore and 24.7 inches of snow fell at Islip Airport.

PIX11 will continue to report on the news you need to know in 2023. Also, check throughout winter 2023 for the latest updates on school closures, snow totals and more.

3 – New York SNAP households to receive maximum food benefits in May

FILE – A supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food stamps in West New York, New Jersey, on Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in May that SNAP households would receive the maximum level of benefits and get an additional supplemental allotment bringing food assistance to nearly $234. The emergency assistance was available to all SNAP households, including the ones previously maxed out.

4 – $6,700 charged to man’s bank, credit cards after he takes woman to his Manhattan apartment: NYPD

Suspects accused of taking man’s wallet, cellphone in Manhattan, according to police. (Credit: NYPD)

In May, police said two women conspired to steal a man’s wallet and cellphone after he took one of the women to his apartment. Unauthorized transactions totaling about $6,700 were made with the man’s bank and credit cards, according to the NYPD. Police on Thursday said no arrests have been made in the case and the investigation remains ongoing.

5 – NYCHA workers see missing woman’s skeleton through window

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During routine maintenance work at South Jamaica Houses in Queens in May, workers from NYCHA accidentally came across the skeletal remains of a woman who was reported missing in January.

6 – Long Island 19-year-old charged with having sex with girl, 11, police say

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The accusations against a 19-year-old who allegedly had sex with an 11-year-old girl multiple times for more than a year were made public by officials in May.

7 – Who is Frank R. James? Suspect in Brooklyn subway attack

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Frank James, the suspected gunman in a shooting on the subway in Brooklyn. (Credit: NYPD)

On April 12, a gunman opened fire on a subway train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, shooting 10 people and injuring over a dozen others, police said. The NYPD later identified Frank James as the lone suspect, sparking a manhunt that culminated with his arrest a day after the shooting. Earlier in December, James’ lawyers wrote the court to indicate that their client “wishes to schedule a guilty plea to the superseding indictment.” A judge scheduled James’ guilty plea for Jan 3.

8 – Lottery winners! Four $50,000 Powerball tickets sold in NY

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Four third-place tickets, each worth $50,000, were sold in New York for a Powerball drawing in October amid the chase for what later became a record-breaking $1.9 billion jackpot.

9 – Bronx teen disappears after Regents exam

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On June 23, a 15-year-old high school student who attends The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan went missing shortly after taking a Regents exam. Five days after her disappearance, the girl’s mom announced she had returned home.

10 – ‘Best cake in the city’: Why thousands line up for one Bronx bakery’s specialty

A Lloyd’s carrot cake. (Credit: PIX11)

At the start of every holiday season, New Yorkers and tourists alike line up to get their hands on Lloyd’s Carrot Cake’s signature product. A look into this Bronx bakery’s kitchen and behind the counter provides insight into what all the fuss is about. A conversation with co-owner Lilka Adams, the daughter of founder Lloyd Adams, gives an even fuller view.

11 – Killer texted Queens mother’s husband warning of more violence: sources

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Police outside the Queens home of a woman who was found dead in a duffle bag on April 16, 2022, per the NYPD. (Credit: PIX11)

According to police sources, the killer of a Queens mother of two left the victim’s husband a chilling note that read, “Your whole family is next.” Orsolya Gaal was stabbed 58 times inside her Forest Hills home in April. Her body was found inside a duffel bag about half a mile from her home. Several days after the discovery, police arrested and charged David Bonola in the mother’s death. Bonola pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

12 – NY lottery ticket worth $313,715 sold

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After wrongfully reporting in October that a winning lottery player in New York was expected to win about $750,000, officials with the New York Lottery announced that the ticket was really worth far less.

13 – Brooklyn lawyer arrested after removing obstruction from driver’s license plate

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Adam White said he saw a piece of plastic covering a portion of a license plate on a car parked along Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn while riding his bicycle in mid-November. He removed it and was confronted by the driver, who called police. White, who is a lawyer, was arrested for criminal mischief. White and others have been reporting to 311 and posting on social media when they see obscured license plates, which is illegal. He does not advise people to touch the property of others, which could also be considered a crime. 

14 – MTA official responds to video of person on train: ‘we also hate cleaning up body parts of subway surfers’


File – Train rolls into NYC subway station. (Credit: PIX11)

In May, Sarah Meyer, the MTA’s chief customer officer, commented when a subway surfer posted a video of themselves “running on your trains.” She proposed a meeting to talk about “working for the MTA.” However, another comment Meyer made on the social media post raised some eyebrows: “We know you love trains as much as we do, but we also hate cleaning up body parts of subway surfers,” she tweeted. 

15 – Turnstile jumper punches cop in the face in Bronx subway station: NYPD

The suspect who allegedly assaulted a cop in the Bronx on May 14, 2022. (Credit: NYPD)

An NYPD officer was attacked in May while attempting to remove a turnstile jumper from a Bronx subway stop, officials said. As of Thursday, police had not released an update on the case.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).