Eight years into enumerating our infatuation with New York City—the place and the state of mind—we’ve
got 74 reasons to fall head over heels all over again, among them a bookworm knuckleballer who won twenty
games, a Wall Street crook with a literature Ph.D., who became a top boxing trainer, a visionary
parks commissioner who greened up the city, a Disneyfied stretch of Times Square that got its scuzzy
soul back, and a Sandy-ravaged neighborhood that pulled together to survive the chaos. And don’t
forget: the city’s penchant for outdoor sex, one high school’s endless stream of talent, and a mayor
and a governor who talk about real issues when the other pols chicken out.
On the Cover: Illustration by Paul Sahre.
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The guy throws a great party.
Team Obama has found a way to reframe its brutish election victory.
Yet paramedics were still busy on the NYPD’s historic day.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Splurging, pre–fiscal cliff.
Hiking the Hollywood Hills, the ascendant Belgian actor draws looks and enjoys the view.
Grey Area’s “Ornamental” exhibit, the Park Avenue Garage Sale, and more new stuff in stores.
“I’m from East Harlem. One of my role models growing up was boxer Hector Camacho, who passed away a few weeks ago.”
Wild techniques and textures worthy of the world's top knitting circles.
Finally, a hot-pot season in Flushing.
Peak season for Brussels sprouts begins in fall and runs through winter.
Danji chef Hooni Kim opens Hanjan, an updated version of a Korean joomak.
The Kin Shop team opens Italian-inspired joint the Marrow.
Chef Saul Bolton opens Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights.
Suddenly, New York is churning out more booze than Boardwalk Empire.
Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow's hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Les Misérables is going to be a monster hit and award winner, and not entirely unjustly.
Zero Dark Thirty and The Hobbit compete for your three hours.
Michael Haneke goes cruelty-free with Amour.
Rooting through MoMA’s century of deep storage for her “Artist’s Choice” show, Trisha Donnelly reveals herself.
As Park Avenue is rezoned, the subtle greatness of Grand Central may get trampled.
Sara Jenkins's slightly spicy 2012 olio nuovo arrives at Porsena Extra Bar.
Readers sound off on Chris Hughes, the Year in Culture, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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