This issue is all about the unusual degree of tumult the city has experienced during the 40 years of the magazine’s life, how New York became the place it has become, and what was gained and lost. It is a hopeful story, especially for what it says about the future. As Woody Allen observes in the pages ahead, if there’s one thing we can all believe in, it’s this city’s capacity to absorb almost anything and keep going.
On the Cover: Reproduction of the original photograph for the first cover of New York Magazine. Photograph by Jay Maisel.
Especially observant readers of this magazine might note that they’ve seen the cover before.
Contributors to the 40th anniversary issue of New York Magazine.
In 1968, many New Yorkers were panicked about the city’s future too. Needlessly, as it turned out.
The top ten New Yorkers who reshaped the city, picked and ranked.
The mayors were very different. But the challenges of governing New York are remarkably similar over time.
What became of ten memorable newsmakers.
Love him or hate him, it was Rudolph Giuliani who made the city what it is.
A look at the exponential rise of New York’s cost of living over the past 40 years.
A feminist icon and a rising star on the sexual revolution, the booty-call nineties, and the Superwoman myth.
Five sports pundits rank the top ten New York athletes of the past 40 years.
How young urban professionals revived the city, turning it into their own personal playground.
A panel of New York ad executives ranks the top twenty since ’68.
Liz Smith and the twilight of celebrity.
Four decades of parties with Andy, Bianca, Nan, Mariah, Sly, Liza, Brooke, Marc, Cher, and company.
Two New York novelists on the death of Times Square, the afterbirth of the Lower East Side, and the importance of ghosts.
D.J. Kool Herc didn’t know he was revolutionizing pop music—he was just trying to keep people dancing.
The changing look of everyday life.
It might seem specious to observe that New York actors seem more real than their West Coast counterparts. But look at them.
The author returns home to find that everything, and nothing, has changed.
New York’s hometown auteur on whether a lifetime of psychoanalysis has paid off, and why kids from Yale no longer like good movies.
The legendary French chef and current culinary star on French vs. American cuisine, absentee celebrity chefs, and why your côte de boeuf costs $150.
What are the most important restaurants of the past 40 years?
In 18,814 tries.
And sea salt. And kiwis. And ficelles. And other food-world breakthroughs.
A Times Square veteran remembers all too well how dirty sex could get.
An immigrant family’s 40-year quest for the American dream.
How success ruined the New York Jew.
Forty years of open-air peacocking.
Rock stars past and present on the invention, influence, and half-life of New York punk.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to 40 years in the culture capital of the world.
Notable New Yorkers on their first apartments, their craziest stories, and more.
Six New Yorkers who will be players 40 years from now.
A selection of 40 favorite covers from the magazine's last 40 years.
Time for a block party.
Sad as it is to see summer’s berries recede from Greenmarket stands, fall brings its own pleasures.
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