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June 17, 2013 Issue

Cover Story


Mariano Rivera and his “cutter” fastball have anchored the Yankees, providing a game-closing consistency that seems almost otherworldly—and which he ascribes to God. After this, his final season, Rivera plans to repay that blessing, working for a greater glory than even a World Series ring. By Lisa Miller
On the cover: Mariano Rivera. Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine.


The Fairy Godmother of Rock

At 65, still twirling around onstage with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks has some regrets (Klonopin) but very few fears. Let her show her devotees the way. By Jada Yuan

Must Cats Die So Birds Can Live?

Feral felines are committing avian genocide! Bird lovers like Jonathan Franzen think cat culling is morally justifiable! In one of the most heated human debates over animals yet, it may be possible to neuter alley tabbies but not to quell mutual suspicion and rage. By Jessica Pressler


The People’s Critic

Michael Kimmelman’s war on Madison Square Garden.

Who Likes Mike’s Bikes?

Here, a few data points to help understand the Bikesanity, as it’s known in this sentence and nowhere else.

135 Minutes With Pussy Riot

A covert tour of New York with the masked members of Russia’s punk collective.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The (Robot) Creative Class

It’s baby steps so far—no need to panic—but according to Moore’s Law, machines’ skills do double every two years.


Candidate Who

Bill Thompson has a natural base and surprising allies beyond it. Now he has to make peace with the sound bite.


Best Bets

Nylon whisks, Orogold opens its first store, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I am not exaggerating: The dancers do splits in the hall while they study. Us art majors are pretty quiet, though.”

The Restaurant Review

Both Alder and Pearl & Ash deliver more than they promise.

In Season

Soft-shell crabs, the seasonal glories of the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, are at their peak in June and July.

Restaurant Opening

Botanica owner Mark Connell opens upstairs wine bar Estela.

Restaurant Opening

First look at Oda House, bringing Georgian cuisine to the East Village.

Restaurant Opening

Team Torrisi opens Z.Z.’s Clam Bar on Thompson Street.

Iced Coffee, Italian Style

A downtown coffee bar upholds venerable traditions—and creates a few new ones.

The Great Room

A see-through house in the Hamptons puts its location front and center.

The Everything Guide to Out-of-Town Experts

The West Coast brow-shapers, London shoemakers, and Berlin tattooists New Yorkers swear by—and how to book them the next time they’re in town.


Hit Me

A few rounds with Liev Schreiber.

The Five: Superman

Superman returns, again, this week in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Beauty and Demolition

The twin legacies of Le Corbusier.

Questlove’s Youth in 27 Records

The Roots drummer and Jimmy Fallon’s bandleader on the albums that defined him.

The Art Review

The Met’s new European Paintings galleries finally tell their story properly.

The Movie Review

Backup singers get their due in Twenty Feet From Stardom.

The Music Review

The transporting power of the nomadic guitarist Bombino.

To Do: June 12–19, 2013

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


Comments: Week of June 17, 2013

Readers sound off on Will and Jaden Smith, gay rights, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 17, 2013

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

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