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May 16, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

What We Wore

Our sixth annual “Yesteryear” issue looks at decades of dressing in New York, including the evolution of women’s workwear, our worship of the color black, and many clothes that became memories: Bette Midler on her 1960s go-go boots, Gisele’s favorite earring, and the jacket that made Robert Longo feel like Superman. Plus: Cathy Horyn salutes Nan Kempner, Linda Wells recalls running into Diana Vreeland, and Rembert Browne remembers seeing Puff Daddy as an angel. By Amy Larocca
On the Cover: Fifth Avenue, midtown, 1964. Photograph by Joel Meyerowitz.

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What I Wore

21 notables on the clothes that take them back in time. Interviews by Alexa Tsoulis-Reay

What Women Wore to Work

The evolution of women’s work wear, from shoulder pads to exposed delts. By Amy Larocca

The Lost Shoot

See lost images of Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol, and Lou Reed from a 1966 shoot that was never published. Photographs by Larry Fink

Fashion Exports

Fashion standbys that were invented in New York.

Scandalous Outfits

The clothes — and the lack of them — that shocked New York. By Véronique Hyland

The Stores That Changed Shopping

Bergdorf Goodman, Century 21, Patricia Field, and more. By Véronique Hyland

Runway Shows

8 shows that pushed fashion forward. By Amy Larocca

Why New Yorkers Have Always Worn Black

The band is New York, and the color is black. By Amy Larocca

Fashion Roundtable

When did New York have the best style?


100 Years of New York’s sneakers crazes.


The National Interest

Looking to Harry Truman to understand Hillary Clinton.

Life in Pictures: Ben Whishaw

From diner coffee to onstage scars with the Crucible actor.

186 Minutes With Radhanath Swami

Talking to the Hare Krishna leader who’s bringing the movement into the age of Lululemon.

Fame and Fortune

A new doc goes behind the scenes of Anthony Weiner’s implosion.

The Urbanist: Unofficial Mayors

Famous townies — like Wayne Coyne, George R.R. Martin, and Erykah Badu — who’ve become their cities’ mascots.

Reread: January 22, 1973

What has (and hasn’t) changed about workplace sexism since 1973.


Best Bets

A feminist bookstore, natural cleaning products, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

The artist who made her dress out of paper.

The Restaurant Review

Le Coq Rico takes its poultry almost too seriously.

The Dish

Delaware and Hudson’s Pennsylvania Dutch specialty, schnitz und gnepp.

The Absolute Best of New York

One-hundred-and-one picks for the absolute best things to eat, drink, and just generally do all around New York City.


The Greatest Stories Ever Played

How Naughty Dog – the developer behind Uncharted 4, the year’s most anticipated video game – makes summer blockbusters interactive.

The Unoriginal Bob Dylan

What Bob sings when he doesn’t sing his own songs.

Geeks, Ascendant

Seth Rogen's passion project is a comic-book adaption of a supernatural preacher's gonzo quest to meet God.

Making Facto-Critical Anthropology Funny

Highbrow theoretical discourse isn't exactly the most obvious comedy material. Unless, as Rebecca Miller discovered, it stands for something else.

This 8-Foot Candle Portrait Mesmerized Me

Urs Fischer’s portrait of Julian Schnabel will dissolve into a puddle.

Can We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?

A part of speech with all of those functions can't possibly do all of them well.

The Theater Review

American Psycho hacks its way onstage.

The Theater Review

Waitress is sweet and sassy.

The Theater Review

Tuck Everlasting may not be for the ages.

The Theater Review

The one-man comedy Fully Committed returns.

The Theater Review

Jessica Lange steps up into Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

To Do: May 18–June 1, 2016

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


Comments: Week of May 16, 2016

Readers sound off on the threat of an overripe republic, the history and future of SeaWorld, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 16, 2016

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

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