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November 16, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

1 Block, 135 Years

A historical journey through life on one stretch of Bed-Stuy’s MacDonough Street, a block that, like Brooklyn itself, has seen massive change.
On the Cover: MacDonough Street, Brooklyn. Photomontage by Peter Funch for New York Magazine.


Loving Carol

Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel reminds us how much of lesbian culture remains uncelebrated and unseen. By Frank Rich

Biography of a Face

How one man’s face became another man’s face. A story about cutting-edge medicine and the mysteries of identity. By Steve Fishman

The R. Kelly Problem

Can you still listen to his songs when you know what he’s been accused of? By David Marchese



In this year’s GOP primary, John Kasich’s reasonableness reads as radical.

What Lives on the Subway Poles?

Beautiful bacteria.

134 Minutes With …

Grown-up “It” girl Tara Subkoff and her husband, Urs Fischer.


Could Angelina Jolie — calm, capable, swaggering — be an alien?

The Cut

Literary Heroines

Novelists styled as their favorite character — Sula, Tom Ripley.


Best Bets

Four festive carving knives; the SoulCycle of meditation.

The Look Book

Ric Ocasek and his penchant for olives.

Great Room

A 465-square-foot Queens studio with Shanghai-meets-Hollywood flair.

The Restaurant Review

Two veteran chefs expand their brands, with varying degrees of success.

The Dish

Double-decker broccoli taco inspired by Taco Bell.

Pies Unbound

For those who dare to break the Thanksgiving-dessert stranglehold, a new array of options to finish your feast with surprise endings that are frozen, Nutella-riddled, or prune-laced.

Food Science: Milk

Should you drink it? If so, what kind? A guide to the newly controversial cereal complement.


What Makes a Star Valuable in 2015?

Likability, for one thing, which is why Chris Pratt rose so high on our list.

Some Reviews of Some Opening Lines of Some Recent Books

How fair is it to judge a book by its opening? We're doing it anyway.

The Whitney Rejected This Masterpiece Sculpture

Jerry Saltz on Charles Ray's Huck and Jim.

Looks Like Mr. Show. Sounds Like Mr. Show. Isn’t It Mr. Show?

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross explain how W/ Bob & David is and isn’t different from its predecessor.

Twyla Tharp Twister

The legendary choreographer tells how it’s done.

The Movie Review

Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl conventionalizes the story of a transgender pioneer.

The Movie Review

Carol unfolds in a trance.

The Music Review

Grimes’s Art Angels is superhero music for introverts.

The Theater Review

A severe production brings out the play's inner toughness.

To Do: November 18-December 2, 2015

Twenty-five picks for the next two weeks.


Comments: Week of November 16, 2015

Readers sound off on 100 women directors, Willie Nelson, and the suburbs most stoned neighborhood.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 16, 2015

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

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