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December 23, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2013

Because we practice croissant crossbreeding with the fervor of Dr. Moreau. Because Derek Jeter thinks there’s a future in books. Because we can salute all that Bloomberg has done and still elect De Blasio. Because the air we breathe is better than ever. Because we review jail on Yelp. Because our garbage is delicious and our rats are on birth control. Because Lou Reed never stopped going out. Because the Mets are golden. (Well, their general manager is.) Because you took to Instagram to show your devotion. Because, because, because, because: In this, the ninth edition of “Reasons to Love New York,” the newest reasons are as heartwarming—and sometimes head-scratching—as ever. And the oldest (deli cats!) as comforting as a cr’nish.
On the Cover: Package, ca. 1960. Photograph by Saul Leiter. © Saul Leiter/Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Lettering by Erik Marinovich.

Intelligencer

NYU Shall Not Pass!

Village celebrities say: Hey, hey, ho, ho, Sexton’s plan has got to go.

Love, Joy, But Not Much Peace

Here are some notable holiday incidents you’ll be glad weren’t yours.

133 Minutes With Steve Lavin

Scarfing down a pre-practice breakfast with the possible savior of St. John’s basketball.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Columns

De Blasio’s Class House

Fixing the schools while bringing New York’s two cities together is the new mayor’s most difficult challenge.

Strategist

Best Bets

A Soma pitcher, Dover Street Market opens, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I’ve definitely reached that point where my old going-out look has become my day look.”

The Covetables

Yes, we’d all like to live in the Dakota. Or 740 Park, the Beresford, or 15 CPW. Here, a peek inside the Red Hook rental with a 40-person wait list, the Fifth Avenue co-op straight out of an Edith Wharton novel, and the $525-a-month Chelsea studio.

Underground Gourmet Review

Where to go for biscuits and potatoes—exclusively.

In Season

Sunchokes nutty and sweet traits serve it well in this creamy soup by Balaboosta chef Einat Admony.

Vanishing

Endangered foods of New York, from vastedda to gribenes (and even the bagel?), plus where to get them while you still can.

Culture

To Siri With Love

Spike Jonze's Her fixes Joaquin Phoenix up with an operating system.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

A no-frills guide to January books.

Stay Classy, New York

Anchorman 2 shoots in Manhattan.

A Tale of Two Felicities

Felicity Jones is a cautious, overprepared actress—and a reckless, unrepentant jaywalker.

The Theater Review

Until now, you might never have known quite how good—and strange—Burt Bacharach's songs really are.

The Architecture Review

How New York streets are an engine of urban invention.

The TV Review

David Simon’s Treme plays a final encore.

To Do: December 18–January 1, 2013

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of December 23, 2013

Readers sound off on the year in culture, Ray Kelly, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 23, 2013

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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