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December 11, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York, 13th Edition

One for every day of the year thus far. Our annual salute, needed now more than ever. On the Cover: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. Photographs by Danny Clinch for New York Magazine.

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A Drone’s-Eye View

New York City as you’ve never seen it before — from directly overhead. Photographs by Humza Deas

Can Nikki Haley Save the World?

Or, at least, her place in it? How the U.N. ambassador handles her boss with great diplomacy. By Andrew Rice

The Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas

This little Midwest town wanted to help Somali refugees. Some Infowars-reading neighbors had another plan. By Jessica Pressler


The Body Politic

Focusing on “sex panic” misses the point: It’s about work.


Miguel, who’s bridging baby-maker hits and wokeness.

The National Interest

The Mueller investigation is in mortal danger.

The Cut


Off-the-wall floral designs.

The Strategist

Best Bets

“This Thing’s Incredible”: Japanese nail clippers, a non-Soylent meal replacement, and more.

Look Book

The student who wants to be New York’s top real-estate agent.

The Everything Guide to the Winter Coat

From a deconstructed Canada Goose to a meteorologist’s body suit, what makes them warm, stylish, or, ideally, both

Design Hunting

A glass box in the living room.

The Restaurant Review

At the Aviary’s New York hotel-lobby outpost, the magic is confined to the glass.

The Dish

The trick to Ugly Baby’s addictive deep-fried sea bream.

Urban Forager: Stocking-Stuffer Edition

What makes a simple chocolate bar a great gift? The stealth addition of olive oil, banana pulp, or ­halvah, for starters. Here, five unique options for jaded chocoholics.


Queens Kickshaw is morphing into Ha’s Chinese Bar & Eatery.


Michael White protégé wants to change the way you think about shrimp scampi.


Fausto opens in Old Franny’s space.


Alexander Payne’s Small Wonders

The director goes microscopic.

How to Make a Road-Trip Playlist

With help from Luke Wilson.

Colossus of Rogues

Damien Hirst recaps his polarizing show.

The 10 Best Movies of 2017

Including Call Me by Your Name, BPM, and Valerian.

The 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Matt Zoller Seitz chooses his favorite TV shows of the year.

The 10 Best Books of 2017

Including titles by Percival Everett, Patricia Lockwood, and Elif Batuman.

The 10 Best Art Achievements of 2017

Artists from Kara Walker to Jonathan Horowitz address the Trump era with fire and fury.

The 10 Best Albums of 2017

Craig Jenkins chooses his favorite albums of the year.

The 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2017

Shows that eschewed the great thematic temptations of 2017 and instead found transcendence in the execution of a deeply personal vision.

The Movie Review

Phantom Thread underscores the great tragedy of Daniel Day-Lewis’s retirement.

The Movie Review

The Post is a perfectly timed, crackling newspaper movie — and a Meryl Streep showcase.

The Movie Review

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin make Molly’s Game a rouser.

To Do: December 13–December 27, 2017

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


Comments: Week of December 11, 2017

Readers sound off on Jen Gann's essay about her son, Dudley, who has cystic fibrosis and football’s future.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 11, 2017

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

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