In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.
The Money Game : Kevin T. Dugan • The Seize of Moscow How far can Joe Biden push economic sanctions?
The Group Portrait: Bemelmans Bar Is an Instagram Star • The Carlyle’s formal old room, and its formal old martini-mixers, find an unexpected new following.
Ben McKenzie • Who knew the world needed a celebrity crypto anti-influencer influencer—and that it would be Ryan from The O.C. ?
Justice : Irin Carmon • The Other First What it means to nominate a veteran public defender.
The Object of Their Ire • LETITIA JAMES HAS EARNED THE WRATH OF ANDREW CUOMO. SHE’S INVESTIGATING DONALD TRUMP. CAN SHE PREVAIL OVER TWO OF THE MEANEST MEN IN POLITICS?
Brandon Stanton’s Empire of Empathy • SINCE LAUNCHING HUMANS OF NEW YORK 12 YEARS AGO, THE STREET PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PIVOTED HIS BLOG INTO A ONE-MAN PHILANTHROPY THAT RAISES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR RANDOM PEOPLE.
The Rise of Humans of New York
PUNK ROCK STAR of STAGE AND SCREEN • John Cameron Mitchell, actor, director, and rent-regulated Village bohemian, has taken his streamer paycheck to New Orleans, where he’s hoping to reconnect with what New York used to feel like.
11 Unimpeachable Towels
What Makes a Great Towel
New York’s New Sports-Betting Scene • In January, online sports gambling was legalized in New York. Seven sports-betting companies, or “sportsbooks,” set up shop—BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, and WynnBET. Each sportsbook’s app works the same way—people 21 and up can wager as little as a buck or two on sporting events, from rugby to auto racing. To figure out the differences and what to avoid, writer Kayla Levy spoke to ten sports gamblers.
New York Fashion Week • We chatted with guests at Collina Strada’s show at the Angelika.
The 17-Year Brownstone Renovation • Interior designer Rodney Lawrence and his husband, Terry Sonterre, finally get their 1890 Bed-Stuy house how they wanted it.
Tasting Mennui • At Saga, the views are great, but the cooking treads familiar high-end territory.
Pebble Bar • 67 W. 49th St., at Sixth Ave.; no phone
Mermaid Maneuvers • At one point, it looked like the pandemic might obliterate the Mermaid Inn restaurant group. Instead, miraculously, it’s in expansion mode.
Raíz Modern Mexican Kitchen • 120 First Ave., nr. 7th St.; raiznyc.com
Her Kinda Country • Hailey Whitters is a voice for a part of America that Nashville often overlooks.
After Glow • A gay bar finds strange new life in gallery land.
It’s Scammin’ Season
The Woman’s Redemption Plot • You know the story: A previously maligned public figure gets an eight-episode empathy tour.
Batman for Real (and Aspiring) Nerds • New film The Batman takes us back to the early years of the Caped Crusader. Here are the comics that are actually worth reading—in chronological order.
Legend Has It • Tailing Kanye West for two turbulent decades.
Artist, Heal Thyself • Looking for answers in Sheila Heti’s creation myth.
Forever on the Clock • Work-life separation, whether you like it or not.
To Do • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read. MARCH 2–16
THE 60-SECOND BOOK EXCERPT ‘Vagabonds!’
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.