There are many metrics to gauge the popularity of stories online: page views, unique visitors, Facebook shares, number of comments. This ranking of the 20 most-read stories across nymag.com, the Cut, Vulture, Science of Us, and Grub Street in 2015 is focused on time spent — meaning how many total minutes readers spent looking at each piece in total. The stories reflect the wide range of topics New York Media covers, from politics to media to culture, and diverse storytelling formats, with personal essays, reported features, and in-depth Q&As. Collectively, they offer a window onto some of the best work we did in 2015.
Editor’s Note: See the most popular stories from 2016.