CULTURE, POLITICS, FOOD, FASHION: A NEW YORK POINT OF VIEW. With assertive reporting and sophisticated design, New York chronicles the people and events that shape the city that shapes the world.
Political Animals : Olivia Nuzzi • The No-Splash Tell-all What the muted reaction to Hunter Biden’s crack-fueled memoir says about his father’s Washington.
The Group Portrait: A Rooftop Artists’ Salon • Figure drawing alfresco.
58 MINUTES WITH … Julia Galef • The tech elite’s favorite pop intellectual.
“I Just Like to Share” • An interview with the man who keeps uploading my feet to wikiFeet.
The City Politic : David Freedlander • Stringer Theory The comptroller’s reward for a career in public service? Third place in the polls.
What Is the Meaning of All This Money? • A year into a ruinous pandemic, the wealthy have so much capital they’re inventing ever-more-chaotic ways to spend it.
There’s Nothing to Do Except Gamble • Welcome to the non-fungible, memeified, cryptodenominated, degenerate future of finance.
BidenBucks Is Beeple Is Bitcoin • In a system rigged by the rich, outsiders have to make their own volatility.
3. The NFT Ledger • FROM MEMES TO ART TO FARTS—if you can put it on the blockchain, you can buy it as a non-fungible token. Sales of NFTs are up some 2,000 percent this year, and while there are signs the bubble might be bursting, the tokens are forever. Here, just some of the notable collectibles that have been bought and sold this year—and the players who are staking claims.
4. Confessions of an Overnight Millionaire • “I constantly ask myself, Do I deserve this money?”
The Soul of Bravo • A year of national reckonings on race and inequality has tested how real the Housewives should be.
A YEAR OF PROCESSING: How the Bravoverse digested the events of 2020
Richard Carranza’s Last Stand • Mayor de Blasio hired an “equity warrior” as schools chancellor. How parental politics—and the pandemic—left him defeated.
A Giraffe That’s Not Sophie • And other items parents wish they’d put on their baby registries.
12 Less Obvious Things to Register For
The Rockaway YMCA • Checking in with masked members at the gym.
Anthony Ha and Sadie Mae Burns • Their Ha’s Dac Biet pop-up preceded the pandemic.
Vaxx, Then Snacks • What to eat near five major vaccine sites.
At Home in the Old Hotel • After 15 years, Julie Chartoff and Irene Glezos finally really renovated their Nomad apartment.
The Diplomat • Daniel Dae Kim built a career by picking his battles, walking away from a job only when the inequities got too big to ignore. He still believes Hollywood can be reformed.
The First Time Dawoud Bey Took a Perfect Photo
Moral Panic Is Back With a Vengeance • Lil Nas X’s “Montero” is the latest song to raise the hackles of conservative commentators—and everyone has a little something to gain from the controversy.
Esther Perel Goes Off Script • She became today’s most famous couples therapist by ignoring all the rules of the trade.
The Detonations of Alice Neel • A survey of her portraits at the Met is packed with raw emotional power.
Brawl Games • Kingpins and wannabes barrel through the London underworld.
This One’s on Her • A melancholy farce is nearly capsized by its star.
To Do! • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Crying in H Mart
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.