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.
“ YES, IT’S REALLY THAT GOOD. • THE MOST SATISFYING BROADWAYREV I VAL OF A SONDHEIM SHOW IN HISTORY.
The City Politic : David Freedlander • Bill de Blasio Did What New Yorkers Wanted So why does he leave office so unpopular?
The Group Portrait: Yeshiva University Can’t Stop Winning • How the Maccabees became the hottest squad in the NCAA.
686 MINUTES WITH … “Gloria” • Tripping till 10 a.m. with a psychonaut therapist at the after-parties for New York’s psychedelics conference.
Extremely Online : Sophie Haigney • The Tabular Self I saw the best minds of my generation being uploaded onto “second-brain” apps.
MY PENIS, MYSELF A LOVE STORY.
Gina. Rosanne. Guy. • WHAT DO YOU DO THE DAY AFTER YOU STORM THE CAPITOL?
The Jail Money Trap • The Museum of Chinese in America was desperate to buy its building. The city found a reason to pay for it—one that threw Chinatown into a years-long fight.
16 Suitcases, Vetted 16 Ways
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: SUITCASES
New York City’s Multitude of Ketamine Clinics • Over the past few years, a rash of psychedelic clinics—places where you can be administered ketamine in zero-gravity chairs—has opened around town. Writer Paula Aceves spoke with a dozen medical professionals and patients to figure out which is best for whom.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center • We chatted with tourists and season-pass holders on a Sunday afternoon.
THE LOOK BOOK: ROCKEFELLER CENTER SKATERS
He Bought a Lighthouse • Randy Polumbo won the not-so-gently used 1899 Orient Point landmark in a government auction six years ago and turned it into an artists’ retreat.
Rockefeller Centro • With Lodi, Ignacio Mattos brings a touch of Milano to midtown.
An L.A. Chef Comes to New York Bearing Pancakes
Their Early American Period • Jody Williams and Rita Sodi go domestic with the Commerce Inn.
THE YEAR IN CULTURE • The best television series, albums, songs, movies, theater, books, video games, podcasts, comedy specials, and art shows, as chosen by our critics.
LET’S DISCUSS THE BEST TV OF THE YEAR • Jen Chaney, Roxana Hadadi, and Kathryn VanArendonk on Netflix churn, the return of appointment TV, and what made a show great in 2021.
BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
LET’S DISCUSS THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR • Angelica Jade Bastién, Bilge Ebiri, and Alison Willmore on sorting through a flood of new movies—and seeing most of them on the big screen again.
BEST THEATER OF THE YEAR
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Best Video Games
BEST PODCASTS OF THE YEAR
BEST COMEDY SPECIALS OF THE YEAR
BEST ART SHOWS OF THE YEAR
Remeeting a Girl Named Maria • If you liked West Side Story before, you’ll love it now.
A Difficult Age • Two teens find each other just in the nick of time.
I Couldn’t Help But Wonder … • Was this really the best they could do?
To Do • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read. DECEMBER 22–JANUARY 5
READING LIST: Indie Shops Look Back—and Ahead
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.