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September 4, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

In Conversation: Bill de Blasio

The mayor on Trump (“spoiled”), the rich, Cuomo, and the challenge of getting New York to like you. By Chris Smith On the Cover: Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photograph by Bobby Doherty.

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Do Mayors Do It Better?

Nine U.S. mayors on what Washington, D.C., can learn from local government. By Ed Kilgore

When Big Brother Parents

Is total surveillance the cure for family dysfunction? One company thinks so. By Kim Brooks

The Thankless Task of Being Michael Moore

A liberal icon liberals love to scorn. By Jessica Pressler



The 500-year flood is on a terrifying new schedule.


Asahd Khaled, celebribaby.

The Culture Business

Taylor Swift’s Trump-era pop art.

Reread: August 11, 1980

The last time we called Long Island City hot, we might have been a little ahead of schedule.

The Cut

Introducing the Class of 2017

New faces at Fashion Week.


Best Bets

Brooklyn’s tween fashion district, stylish keyboards, and a new Queens bookstore.

Look Book

The eighth-grader who’s visiting on a church trip.

All Those Cranes in Queens

Long Island City, boomtown.

The Restaurant Review

For Jean-Georges, opening two restaurants at once yields mixed results.

The Dish

Empellón’s fruit plate takes a safe dessert choice to a whole new level.

The Underground Gourmet Digest

Slightly random, completely subjective, 100 percent delicious — our list of the best new things to eat and drink right now, ranked.

The Other Drinkable Rye

Old-world kvass gets a fresh Brooklyn spin.


The Love Doctor Is In

Romeo Santos is selling out Yankee Stadium and revolutionizing a whole genre of Latin music. But he still wants to hear all about your heartbreak.

Every Home Needs a Wig Wall

Or so says Amy Sedaris.

Kevin Smith’s Celebrity Reboot

The famous slacker is making big business out of his niche audience.

A Handy Guide to HBO’s Favorite Actors

Over the years, the network has assembled a semi-official repertory company of actors. Here are six of the busiest.

The TV Review

The Deuce is devoid of glowing ’70s nostalgia.

The Movie Review

Game-hunting doc Trophy refuses to stoke easy outrage.

The Movie Review

Lake Bell’s I Do … Until I Don’t is amusing until its satirical backbone gives way.

The Art Review

Put Kara Walker’s new work on permanent display.

To Do: September 6–September 20, 2017

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


Comments: Week of September 4, 2017

Readers sound off on Ellen Pao, at Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 4, 2017

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

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