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December 15, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2014

Because more people are making a living wage. Because you can live in a starchitect’s downtown high-rise, or a refurbished sugar factory across the East River, or a polyamorous group home in Bushwick. Because 6-year-olds can go clubbing here and 17-year olds can make millions. Because not all the artists are moving to Detroit. Because Dr. Craig Spencer wasn’t the only hero. Because we’ve now done ten issues of “Reasons to Love,” and we’re not nearly done counting.
On the Cover: Suddenly this year, a handful of teenagers on Instagram began scaling the city’s bridges and skyscrapers and documenting their adventures with terrifying—and thrilling—photographs, offering perspective-altering views of the New York we love. On the cover, a portrait of lower Manhattan taken by Humza Deas in September and posted with the caption“If you believe with absolute honesty that you’re doing everything you can, DO MORE.” Headline lettering by James Victore.

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Intelligencer

The National Interest

Why are Republicans still defending torture?

78 Minutes With John Cleese

On still being a Python 40 years after the show ended.

Life in Pictures: Sting

Before his first night on Broadway in two decades, the songwriter pairs a bare chest with suspenders.

Seen: Marina Abramovic

She's determined to slow down the art world, starting with Art Basel Miami Beach.

The Cut

Lipstick and Turtlenecks

Fourteen New York women in winter's winningest combination.

Strategist

Best Bets

Trapper hats to keep out the cold, recycled gift-wrapping, and more.

The Look Book

A high-school student obsessed with pocket watches.

Live in a Neutra

The joys and complications — peeping design students! — that come with buying an architectural masterpiece.

The Underground Gourmet Review

New pop-ups Lakh Lakh and Mr. Curry celebrate far-off flavors of home.

The Dish

Semilla's all-natural einkorn-buckwheat bread.

Culture

The Year in Shonda Rhimes

What can’t she do?

Best Movies of 2014

David Edelstein's picks.

Best TV Shows of 2014

Hannibal! Cosmos! True Detective! Mad Men!

Best Pop Albums of 2014

Frankie Cosmos! St. Vincent! Run the Jewels!

Best Plays of 2014

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Dinner With Friends, and more.

Best Books of 2014

Give praise to Marilynne Robinson's Lila.

Best Art Shows of 2014

Gallery and museum exhibits.

Best Classical Performances of 2014

Good job, Emma Thompson.

The Culturati Caucus

What culture creators, mavens, and movers and shakers loved most this year.

The Movie Review

The grotesque, sublime, incomparable Mr. Turner.

The Movie Review

Disney’s full, lavish Into the Woods.

To Do: December 17-December 31, 2014

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of December 15, 2014

Readers sound off on Chris Rock, breakups, and more.

Competition: Christmas Exposés

Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we've provided.

The Vulture Crossword

Figure out the hidden theme to win a New York subscription.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 15, 2014

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

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