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.
The National Interest : Jonathan Chait • Schooling the Left Biden’s first big break with his allies is over classroom reopenings.
Movements: A Protest of All Ages • A mother and daughter attend the rally.
Christian Walker • A rising conservative star on TikTok.
The Group Portrait: Balthazar, Reunited • Setting the table for reopening night.
The City Politic : David Freedlander • Yang vs. Everybody With three months to go, Andrew Yang is still, improbably, looking like New York’s next mayor.
SECRETARY SWELL ON A PISSED-OFF PLANET • Groomed on Park Avenue and in the 16th Arrondissement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confronts a world that just might be post-diplomacy.
AN OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING HAS SPAWNED SLICKLY MARKETED COMPANIES PROMISING A SERVICE THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY PROVIDE.
The Collective That’s Trying to Make Therapy Affordable for Everyone
THE EXPANDING SHRINK LANDSCAPE • A guide to the newest players, both earnest and cynical.
The New York Social Clubs Bringing Mental-Health Care to People of Color
The King of the Geezer Teasers • Inside Randall Emmett’s direct-to-video empire, where many of Hollywood’s most bankable stars have found lucrative early retirement.
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FOR NOT-TOO-GENTLE PRENATAL YOGA • NEELU SHRUTI Love Child Yoga, 1 Horatio St.; lovechildyoga.com
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STEPHANIE SCHAEFFER, PH.D.
The Best THERAPISTS • Though recommending a therapist should be as common as passing on an excellent upholsterer, there is still a stigma to tending to one’s mental health. Another complication: Sometimes the person you most trust for a recommendation isn’t someone with whom you want to share a therapist. So we decided to ask 31 notable New Yorkers about their therapists and are publishing their referrals in their own words. (A note: Pricing and insurance vary from patient to patient, so it’s best to be in touch directly.)
BRIAN JACOBSON, Psy.D.
Ellen Barz, M.A.
VENITA ALSTON, L.C.M.H.C.
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION: FOOTSTEPS
The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales • Helen Oyeyemi writes magical, unsettling novels in which nothing remains fixed. She has lived her life that way, too.