Our critics reckon with the most gripping, unexpected, head-scratching, and lovely moments
in the arts over the past twelve months, then unveil their top-ten lists in Movies,
Television, Music, Theater, Books, and Channing Tatum, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the other standouts of 2012.
On the Cover: Collage by Jesse Lenz.
Before dawn on December 25, 2011, a fire engulfed a Victorian mansion in Stamford, Connecticut, taking the lives of three little girls and their grandparents. One year later, Matt and Madonna Badger, the girls’ divorced parents, are wrestling with the meaning of the tragedy. By Dan P. Lee
The Facebook co-founder has already served as Mark Zuckerberg’s in-house humanist and Barack Obama’s digital consigliere. Now, in buying the venerable, century-old New Republic, he’s out to prove that a 29-year-old worth $600 million is just the man to make the “life of the mind” scalable. By Carl Swanson
How much is such a modern cultural achievement worth?
The new domestic ideal owes more than a little to the fading moguls.
But rivalries can’t be rushed.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
How he herds reporters.
Playing hostess with the model and reality-TV star turned banker, author, and now tyro nightspot owner.
To become mayor, Bill de Blasio has to harness the energies of the outer-boroughs—and paint Christine Quinn as a Bloomberg clone.
New York at Night: Photography After Dark, Missoni Converse, and more new stuff in stores.
“I spent a year traveling as a punk with friends—riding freight trains and hitchhiking across the country.”
Tactical mappings (stores! Snacks! Toilets!) of three gift-glutted neighborhoods, ideal for the time-squeezed power shopper.
The legendary Le Cirque restaurateur opens a Tuscan-minded hotel outlet.
Pecorino di Fossa makes a good substitute for Pecorino Romano in this recipe for spaghetti cacio e pepe.
For the High Line, a new restaurant from the Torrisi team.
The Traif team opens south-of-the-border-inspired Xixa.
New takes on the fruit-studded, sugar-dusted Christmas cake.
When December’s short days arrive in this crowded city, everyone starts yearning for sun. These apartments can help chase away the seasonal doldrums.
Things come full circle at Applewood on December 11, when the Sheas return as guests of honor.
Readers sound off on traffic fatalities, the War on Drugs, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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