year in review

New York’s 21 Most-Read Stories in 2022

Photo: Clockwise from left: Campbell Addy, Mikaela Martin, Gerald Slota, Ryan Pfluger, Marcus McDonald, Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Well, we survived the vibe shift. It was a strange year, though! It’s hard to believe that less than 12 months ago, Allison P. Davis wrote about the possibility that you might get caught forever in a previous era’s cultural stylings and fixations. More than a few of our readers found that prospect actually quite wonderful — why not just pick a vibe and settle in? — but magazine-making is, among other things, the art of keeping up, and we are happy to look back on our year of journalism and see evidence of a newsroom always on the lookout for the new and the next.

Below, you’ll find a list of our 21 most-read articles we published this year. It’s a vivid testament to our wide-ranging interests, from Meghan Markle to Dianne Feinstein to crashing crypto billionaires to high-school seniors struggling to apologize and forgive. This list, which is measured by total collective minutes of audience engagement, is just a small sample of the work New York puts out each day in print across its six digital sites — Intelligencer, the Cut, Vulture, Grub Street, the Strategist, and Curbed — and in its growing portfolio of newsletters. For more of all of it, be sure to sign up for One Great Story, our daily recommendation newsletter, and to subscribe.


The Institutionalist

By Rebecca Traister

Photo: Bettmann Archive via Getty Images (L) Philip Montgomery for New York Magazine(R)

Dianne Feinstein fought for gun control, civil rights, and abortion access for half a century. Where did it all go wrong? Read the story


Nathan Fielder Is Out of His Mind (and Inside Yours)

By Lila Shapiro

Photo: Zachary Scott

The comedian’s new show, The Rehearsal, is his grandest experiment yet. Read the story


Why America’s Railroads Refuse to Give Their Workers Paid Leave

By Eric Levitz

Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Wall Street’s new robber barons can’t make the trains run on time. Read the story


The Rich New York Women Who Love Their Fake Birkins

By Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz

Photo-Illustration: The Cut/Getty Images

Among a certain set, counterfeit luxury bags may be more popular than the real thing. Read the story


‘I More So Consider Myself a Con Artist Than Anything’

By Gabrielle Bluestone

Photo: Ashley Pena

What Danielle Miller learned at Horace Mann and Rikers. Read the story


Black Lives Matter Secretly Bought a $6 Million House

By Sean Campbell

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty

Allies and critics alike have questioned where the organization’s money has gone. Read the story


A Vibe Shift Is Coming

By Allison P. Davis

Photo: The Cobrasnake

Will any of us survive it? Read the story


The Curse of Kentwood

By Kerry Howley

Photo: The Kentwood Ledger (Jamie); Photograph by Martin Schoeller (Britney)

One year ago, Britney Spears was freed from a notorious conservatorship. What possessed her father to seize control of her life? Read the story


The Making of Silent Bruce

By Matt Zoller Seitz

Illustration: Ryan Melgar

Willis was a fast-talking lead who became a man-of-few-words star. It made his mental decline that much harder to notice. Read the story


The Sordid Saga of Hunter Biden’s Laptop

By Andrew Rice and Olivia Nuzzi

Photo: Marcus McDonald

The most invasive data breach imaginable is a political scandal Democrats can’t just wish away. Read the story


The Crypto Geniuses Who Vaporized a Trillion Dollars

By Jen Wieczner

Illustration: Natalia Agatte

Everyone trusted the two guys at Three Arrows Capital. They knew what they were doing — right? Read the story


Teenage Justice

By Elizabeth Weil

Photo: Baïdi Kamagate

A list of boys “to look out for” appeared on a high-school bathroom wall last fall. The story of one of them. Read the story


Which Women Do We Choose to Believe?

By Claire Lampen


Amber Heard claims an extremely famous man abused her for years. Why do so many people hate her for it? Read the story


What Happened to Maya

By Dyan Neary

Photo: Mikaela Martin

When a 10-year-old girl complained of mysterious pain, a doctor suspected child abuse. How far would she go to prove it? Read the story


Taking Another Look at The Watcher

By Reeves Wiedeman

Art: Gerald Slota

What we know about the case four years later. Read the story


How a Nepo Baby Is Born

By Nate Jones

Photo-Illustration: Joe Darrow for New York Magazine

Hollywood has always loved the children of famous people. In 2022, the internet reduced them to two little words. Read the story


An All But Definitive Guide to the Hollywood Nepo-Verse

By Nate Jones

Photo-Illustration: New York Magazine

Actors, singers, directors who just happen to be the children of actors, singers, directors. Read the story


The Last, Lonely Days of Ivana Trump

By Nina Burleigh

Photo: Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Her friends wish she’d never met the rakish young Italian they called the “snake.” Read the story


The Final Campaign

By Olivia Nuzzi

Illustration: Zohar Lazar for New York Magazine

Inside Donald Trump’s sad, lonely, thirsty, broken, basically pretend run for reelection. (Which isn’t to say he can’t win.) Read the story


The Undoing of Joss Whedon

By Lila Shapiro

Photo: Ryan Pfluger

The Buffy creator, once an icon of Hollywood feminism, is now an outcast accused of misogyny. How did he get here? Read the story


Meghan of Montecito

By Allison P. Davis

Photo: Campbell Addy

She’s left the Firm behind. Harry’s found a polo team in Santa Barbara. The kids are doing great. Now she’s ready for her next act. Read the story

This article was originally published on December 21, 2022. It has been updated to include all stories published through 2022.

New York’s 21 Most-Read Stories in 2022