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December 14, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2015

Because New York is the heart of political ambition. Because we’re gourmands (and our rats are, too). Because our galleries travel on wheels. Because Zingsanity is upon us. Because the Mets had better hair than the Royals. Because a Citi Bike is going across the country, and a boat full of Williamsburgers is going around the world. Because you don’t need a ticket to see the cast of Hamilton live. Because, from a miniature underground Eden to a lawn on the roof of Barclays Center to a farm at JFK, we make imaginative use of our space, and our jostling, dizzying, possibility-filled crowds of new and old New Yorkers remake the city all over again every day.
On the Cover: Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/New York Magazine. Lettering by Chris Ballasiotes.

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Power: The GOP Bear Market

Republican billionaires just can’t seem to buy an election.

What Exactly Is the Salvation Army?

A guide to the “most effective organization in the U.S.”

92 Minutes With Krysten Ritter

Who's a knitter. And now, also, Jessica Jones.

Learning to Love .500

What the Jets, Knicks, and Mets have to teach us about fandom.

The Cut

Tracey Africa

The first black trans model was on the verge of becoming the next Beverly Johnson. Until everyone found out her secret.


Best Bets: December 14, 2015

Last-minute gifts; four festive booze buckets.

The Look Book

The UPS driver who used to work in fashion.

Early Adopters Who Are Living Like It’s Tomorrow

From the family with the robot house to the guy with four virtual assistants.

The Underground Gourmet Review

Bunk and Southside Coffee enter New York’s sandwich pantheon.

The Dish

Sweet Italian Christmas bread comes to East Williamsburg.

The Year in Recipes

Themed cookbook pairings for the would-be firemasters, vegivores, and more.

Brodo Pops Up at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Get ready for chocolate-spiked bone broth.

Openings: High Street on Hudson

A Philadelphia transplant.


Best Movies of 2015

Plus, the ten best acting performances.

Best Theater of 2015

The Humans, A View From the Bridge, Hamilton, and more.

Best TV Shows of 2015

Plus, the ten best episodes and performances.

Best Books of 2015

Where will Ta-Nehisi Coates take us next?

Best Albums of 2015

To Pimp a Butterfly isn’t a perfect album, but it’s the one we needed most this year.

Best Classical Performances of 2015

Written on Skin, Joan of Arc at the Stake, and more.

Best Art Shows of 2015

Gallery and museum exhibits.

Best Video Games of 2015

Play at your leisure.

Best Podcasts of 2015

From "Death, Sex, and Money" and "Another Round" to "Reply All" and "Criminal."

Best Graphic Novels of 2015

SuperMutant Magic Academy, The Sculptor, Nimona, and more.

The Culturati Caucus

One hundred eighteen culture creators on this year's movies, TV, music, books, and more.

The Movie Review

The Revenant is a brutal feat of strength.

The Movie Review

Joy can’t manage to keep its own rhythm.

To Do: December 16–December 30, 2015

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


Comments: December 14, 2015

Readers sound off on Baltimore, former internet sensations, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 14, 2015

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

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