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June 29, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

Rikers Island, Population 9,790

What everyday life is really like inside the troubled jail, in the words of inmates, correction officers, and the man tasked with fixing it. A collaboration with The Marshall Project
On the Cover: A holding cell at Rikers Island’s George Motchan Detention Center, June 25. Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson/VII. Photo for New York Magazine.

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Fears of a Clown

Boswick the Clown is sick of everyone being afraid of him. By Benjamin Wallace

We’re No. 2!

Lyft used to be recognized as the anti-Uber. Now the boundaries aren’t so clear. By Annie Lowrey

A Genius in Bed

Jean Nouvel, the architect who can’t stand one of his new buildings. By Justin Davidson


The National Interest

Social revolution may not be too strong a term for what we’re living through.

Life in Pictures: Gayle King

Five wardrobe changes and a meal in an elevator with the CBS This Morning co-host.

155 Minutes With Katie Nolan

The host of Garbage Time, who brings a sneaky feminism to Fox Sports.


Justice Scalia leaves the left in stitches.

The Cut

Summer: My Favorite Suit

Swimmers and sunbathers on how they feel about that most intimate of public garments.


Best Bets: Week of June 29, 2015

A bikini concierge service; fun umbrellas; kid activities for grown ups.

The Look Book

The Sun-In aficionado with a single-letter name.

The Restaurant Review

With Untitled, Danny Meyer brings simple seasonal cooking to the new Whitney.

The Dish

Marc Meyer’s hybrid chicharrón at Rosie’s.

Tasting the Tasting Menus

Platt on New York’s best.

The Keeper: 39 Paints

For walls, bodies, and canvases. Including: “baby skin”–colored spray paint and Alex Katz’s favorite orange.


The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace

His canonization as self-help saint overlooks the importance of his contempt.

Amy Schumer is Going to Be a Very Different Kind of Movie Star

“She’s an honesty bomb. And she’s coming for you.”

Pot Culture: The Stoner Canon

Highlights in high art.


La Monte Young explains his immeasurable influence.

The TV Review

Amazon’s Catastrophe is the romantic comedy of the year.

The Movie Review

Tangerine’s post-camp transgender humor.

The Movie Review

Amy, as in Winehouse, is devastating.

The Classical Review

Conlon Nancarrow’s superhuman pianos.

To Do: July 1–July 15, 2015

Twenty-five picks for the next two weeks.


Comments: Week of June 29, 2015

Readers sound off on bees, a tea-party suicide, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 29, 2015

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

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