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May 4, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

TV’s Changing Season

The (now-renewed) magic of Will Forte; Amazon’s streaming-TV advantage; Maisie Williams on growing up on Game of Thrones; the jokes Letterman never told; David Chase on the legacy of Twin Peaks.
On the Cover: Scenes from nearly every show this past year. Illustration by Giacomo Gambineri for New York Magazine.

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Hot Shmurda

Did the rapper go to jail for his lyrics? A story that could’ve appeared on Empire. By Robert Kolker


The art of the sell, a half-century after Mad Men. By Jessica Pressler

In Conversation: Anna Wintour

On the future of print, Hillary, House of Cards, and how she feels about her reputation. By Amy Larocca. Photographs by Annie Leibovitz



Enjoy winning while you can, Mets fans.

Watching: Annie Baker

A playwright who chooses her movies wisely.

Casting 1977

Scenes from Scorsese’s open call for Carter-era clubgoers.

89 Minutes With Harold Bloom

On the occasion of his 45th, and penultimate, book.

Which New York Is Yours?

A fierce preservationist and a pro-development blogger debate.

The Cut

Between Friends

Why we’d rather wear pals’ clothes, and the true secret to maintaining adult friendships.


Best Bets

A culture 'zine turned brick-and-mortar emporium; four watering cans with elegant silhouettes.

The Look Book

Mothers show off some favorite accessories (spoiler: their kids).

The Restaurant Review

Bright, appealing Santina transports you to Positano via Miami Beach.

The Dish

8 a.m. ramen at Gotham West Market.


Say hello to Maple, the Momofuku-backed delivery app.

Restaurant Opening

First look at Italian-leaning Faro, opening in Bushwick.

Restaurant Opening

MP Taverna Williamsburg showcases its chef’s modern-Greek style.

Restaurant Opening

What to eat at Virginia’s, an old-world bistro opening in Alphabet City.

Spring Drinking

From a rave on a Circle Line Cruiser to sky-high cocktails in midtown, how to drink debauched or civilized this spring.


The Theater Review

Doctor Zhivago is an unintentional farce.

The Theater Review

The total (fantastic) silliness of Something Rotten!

The Theater Review

Airline Highway is mesmerizing, while The Visit marks the end of an era.

The Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a bloated sequel that doesn’t feel like one.

To Do: May 6–May 20, 2015

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


Comments: Week of May 4, 2015

Readers sound off on avocados, the new Whitney, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 4, 2015

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

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