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  1. cityscape
    COVID-19 Studies Are Proving That Density Is Not the EnemyThe real risk factor is different.
  2. cityscape
    New York Is Getting Loud AgainAs traffic and infrastructure work begin to return, the city sounds more like itself. But not quite the same as before.
  3. cityscape
    New York City Is Facing a Census EmergencyAnd if we’re undercounted, the results may be dire.
  4. cityscape
    The 15-Minute City: Can New York Be More Like Paris?And should it?
  5. cityscape
    Theaters and Malls Are Empty. Fill Them With Spread-Out Classroom Desks.Concert halls, armories, the Javits Center: They could serve as schoolrooms with kids widely spaced.
  6. cityscape
    For Blue-Sky Urban Ideas, It May Be Now or NeverAs the worst of the crisis (possibly) recedes, opportunity.
  7. cityscape
    The American Nursing Home Is a Design FailureEven before COVID, its dynamics were deeply flawed. But there are people thinking about how to fix it.
  8. performing arts
    The Precarious Future of High Culture in New YorkThe pandemic silenced the city’s symphony halls and grand opera houses. But will the (eventual) restart bring with it a reckoning?
  9. cityscape
    To Trumpers, the Shared Space of the Street Is an Unprivatized ThreatIt’s just [waves hands] that dirty area between the car and the front door, right?
  10. cityscape
    It’s Time to Do Away With Rush HourWhen the pandemic ends, let’s consider what we learned about shuffled work times and staggered shifts and keep the good parts.
  11. performing arts
    Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s Artistic Director, Is Stepping DownAfter 27 years, she says, the shutdown got her thinking about moving on.
  12. the longest lives
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  13. cityscape
    Opening Up Everything Too Soon Is, Effectively, Age DiscriminationWithout universal testing, you’re locking up the elderly.
  14. summer in the city
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  15. thinking about the future
    What Socially Distanced Live Performance Might Look LikeTo institutions and artists and audiences alike.
  16. you heard it here first
    Listen to Phil Kline’s ‘Every Night at 7,’ a Tribute to Our Evening RitualNew Yorkers’ shouting-and-pot-banging celebration of essential workers, turned into music.
  17. classical music
    Revisiting Franz Schubert, a Poet of SolitudeFew composers have ever rendered loneliness as lovingly as he did or surrounded it in such a halo of compassion.
  18. cityscape
    How Do We Rethink Public Space After the Pandemic? Start With Rolls of Tape.This is a chance to test new ideas for the urban fabric without expensive build-outs.
  19. extremely local news
    The West Side Rag Is the Hyperlocal Site We All Wish We Had Right NowBreaking news from Zabar’s Country.
  20. cityscape
    The Return of Fear in New YorkThe city, a child of disaster, remembers its past.
  21. cityscape
    De Blasio’s Street-Closure Mini-Program Was Pathetic, and Now It’s OverGrudgingly implemented, on far too small a scale, and prematurely ended.
  22. streaming opera
    Streaming Now: The Metropolitan Opera’s Tristan und IsoldeA 2016 production with familiar tropes.
  23. coronavirus
    The New York Philharmonic, Closed Till September, Is Winding Down Musicians’ PaySalaries will be cut back gradually through May 31, and the summer is under negotiation.
  24. opera review
    Streaming Tonight: A Tale of Two Tones in the Met’s La TraviataMichael Mayer’s production makes the sparkly life so unsexy and over-sugared, the last act’s bleakness comes off as refreshingly spare.
  25. opera
    The Metropolitan Opera Is Furloughing Its Orchestra, Chorus, and TradesThey’ll retain health and instrument insurance, but not their salaries.
  26. coronavirus
    The Leader of the Free World Gives a Speech, and She Nails ItA speech with compassion and forthrightness — imagine that.
  27. vulture recommends
    The Best Operas You Should Stream While They’re FreeA week at the virtual Met Opera is a week without duds or off nights.
  28. cityscape
    How Real Architecture Inspired Westworld’s Futuristic CitiesThe meaning behind season three’s deluxe urban dystopia, agleam with prosperity and gentrified to a high polish.
  29. coronavirus
    Arts Organizations Are Heading Into Crisis. A Few Things Might Mitigate It.Performers and staff, already living close to the edge, have little margin for a long layoff.
  30. coronavirus
    Close the Theaters. Close the Opera. Close the Concert Halls. Now.Yes, it will be brutal to the performing-arts economy. It’s also necessary.
  31. coronavirus
    A Roman’s Account of Life Under Coronavirus LockdownIt’s an economic disaster, but there’s still a sense that the disease is someone else’s problem.
  32. cityscape
    The Sunnyside Yard Master Plan Is a Mirage of a Better CityNew York City’s plan for the city’s heart is the best of all worlds. Whether it can actually exist in ours is another question.
  33. cityscape
    Coronavirus Threatens Everything That Makes New York GreatThe city thrives on human entanglement. What happens if a pandemic drives its residents into isolation?
  34. cityscape
    Farm Livin’ Is the Life for Me, Ja? Rem Koolhaas Tries Out Country LifeFor “Countryside, the Future,” a city boy goes to the sticks.
  35. cityscape
    L.A.’s Beguiling Idea: An African-American Arts DestinationIn South Los Angeles—formerly known as South Central—Destination Crenshaw will be an elevated park amid the traffic arteries.
  36. opera review
    Opera Review: Great Voices and Coked-Up Staging in the Met’s AgrippinaJoyce DiDonato leads a cast that’s directed at a frantic pace.
  37. classical music
    Why I’d Rather Hear the Danish String Quartet Than Any Other FoursomeRange, musicality, sparkling technique without stony seriousness.
  38. cityscape
    Trump’s Classical-Architecture Edict Is Dumb — But Not Worth the OutrageIt’s boneheaded. But it doesn’t censor architects or stifle creativity in the country at large.
  39. music
    58 Minutes With the Omnivorous Composer Caroline ShawA composer of eclectic influences and twisty, back and forth scores (and, by the way, a Pulitzer winner).
  40. cityscape
    Every Plan to Fix Penn Station, RankedMore than 30 years’ worth of schemes, renderings, misfires, and good intentions.
  41. in conversation
    Frank Gehry Doesn’t Know How to RetireIn conversation with the most famous architect alive, who’s fully engaged and working nonstop as he turns 91.
  42. cityscape
    Eric Adams’s ‘Go Back to Iowa’ Is Intolerant — and IncoherentThe Brooklyn borough president implies that you’re not a New Yorker if you shop at chain stores. Tell it to the customers at your local Duane Reade.
  43. cityscape
    ‘Slum Clearance’ Tore Down Much More Than TenementsA new exhibition at the Center for Architecture documents the mid-century misfire of urban renewal.
  44. the lost canon
    It’s Time We All Heard the Music of Lili BoulangerOne of France’s great composers, she was ignored because she was a woman who died young.
  45. opera review
    Review: A Grungy, Glorious New Wozzeck at the MetWilliam Kentridge’s new production makes its debut.
  46. cityscape
    The Elemental Architecture of Jeanne GangA Chicago architect renowned for sublime engineering whose buildings really work for New Yorkers.
  47. cityscape
    A Transit Hub for an All-Corporate San Francisco FutureA public project that almost feels privatized.
  48. best of 2019
    The Best Classical-Music Performances of 2019A rough year for institutions, a great year for their music.
  49. cityscape
    Revealed: The Plans for David Geffen Hall and for the Music WithinA $500 million renovation that will finally fix that room. Maybe.
  50. cityscape
    The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Renovates, and Faces an Existential ThreatA new visitor center and Woodland Garden, and the long shadow of proposed high-rise neighbors.
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