Memorial Day has arrived, humidity is on the rise, beach houses are opening; it’s time for our annual guide to the vernal months in (and out of) the city: halo-halo, kakigori, or plain old sno-ball, a shaved ice by any name is summer’s sweet treat; from traditional corn dog to grilled tuna, variations on food on a stick; seven months after Sandy, a status report on local sands; 125 one-pieces, tankinis, and itsy-bitsy bikinis; skin on parade in Central Park; hitching a ride from Larry David; capoeira, kayaking, and more at 21 of the city’s piers; nine kids’ expert opinions on the contents of summer’s toy box; should you stay or flee: a travel planner for every weekend till Labor Day.
On the Cover: Will and Jaden Smith. Photograph by Art Streiber for New York Magazine.
The father-son duo—starring in their second film as a father-son duo—on religion, discipline, optimal creativity, and what it means to be a Smith (freedom is encouraged “as long as we can control our freedom”) in Hollywood. By Claire Hoffman
With its promiscuous use of the mysterious fifth taste, Umami Burger has won over L.A. and out-of-town restaurant critics. But how will it fare in New York’s competitive burger climate? By Adam Platt
And movie stars no longer do. It’s all about being real, or at least having the ability to project realness. By Michael Hirschorn
While the organizers of GoogaMooga struggle to transplant Coachella-like vibes to Prospect Park, Scott and Daniel Stedman have figured out how to leverage New York’s unique music scene to support a large-scale indie extravaganza with their Northside festival. By Matthew Shaer
… is really just yesterday. My surrogate parent Clayton Coots was one of countless closeted men who didn’t live long enough to see this moment. By Frank Rich
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen can see the future (and it’s mostly good).
American births are at a 25-year low, but the baby business couldn’t be doing better.
Where some see a piece of city history, others envision a new high-rise.
The nonstop birthday party of music's most productive producer.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
With Weiner in, Quinn drifting, Liu seething, and Thompson and De Blasio dueling, the campaign is about to get warm.
A pop minimalist expands his palette.
We asked the D.J., producer, and Major Lazer leader to program the ultimate summer-barbecue soundtrack.
On the set of David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing takes the Bard at his word.
Race in America through the eyes of a Nigerian novelist.
Jerry Saltz on Jeff Koons’s concurrent shows.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on space travel, officer Pedro Serrano, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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