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Christopher Bonanos is New York’s city editor. He joined the magazine in 1993 and began contributing to Curbed in 2020. He covers urbanism, transit, and theater and runs the magazine’s Reread newsletter, surfacing the best of its archives. He is the author of Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Biography of 2018, and Instant: The Story of Polaroid.

  1. typography
    U.S. Department of State Cuts Diplomatic Ties With SerifsFor memos, Times New Roman is out, Calibri is in.
  2. rendering judgment
    The Casino–Apartment–Ferris-Wheel–Hotel Proposal for Midtown EastIs Stefan Soloviev’s plan a jackpot or a bust?
  3. artifact
    The MetroCard’s 28 Years As a Blank CanvasAs the clock runs down on this ubiquitous object, a collector walks us through its many variations.
  4. neighborhoods
    Is Everyone Really Moving to Turtle Bay in 2023?If pub grub and postwar buildings are hot, then what is hotness anyway?
  5. from the editors
    One Intersection, 72 Celebrities, 10,912 Clicks of the ShutterThe making of our ‘Reasons to Love New York’ cover.
  6. openings
    The Upper East Side Is Thrilled at Barnes & Noble’s ReturnWhich tells us something about what a neighborhood needs (besides books).
  7. remembrance
    George Lois, the Impossible Ad ManThe madman (but not a Mad Man, he was quick to tell you) behind Maypo, MTV, and Muhammad Ali’s Esquire cover has died at 91.
  8. can it
    New York City: What If We Put Trash Inside Cans?If you want to put out your trash before 8 p.m., we’ve got a bold idea.
  9. goodbyes
    The Gramercy Park Hotel’s Liquidation Sale Was a Real Scene““People were coming out with tears streaming down their faces.”
  10. preservation watch
    60 Wall Street’s Lobby Is Weird and Ridiculous and Deserves to Be SavedThe Landmarks hearing on Tuesday is a make-or-break day.
  11. getting around
    The Era of the Not-Too-Empty, Not-Too-Crowded SubwayIt’s peak comfort. And a huge problem for the MTA.
  12. hot garbage
    The Church Left on the CurbA chance trash-day encounter reveals a 170-year institutional history.
  13. trash city
    It’s Hot Garbage MonthCurbed looks at the curb.
  14. investigations
    Caroline Calloway’s ‘$3,000’ ‘Murano-Glass’ Chandelier Is Probably Neither“Murano”? Maybe no.
  15. books
    Walking the Mall With Alexandra LangeThe architecture critic and Meet Me by the Fountain author sizes up her local food court.
  16. bathrooms
    Outsourcing Public Bathrooms to Starbucks Maybe Wasn’t the Best IdeaWhat Howard Schultz giveth, Howard Schultz may taketh away.
  17. brick and mortar
    Century 21 Lives!Fidi, rejoice.
  18. little ukraine
    ‘The World Was Ukrainian’A stubborn and surprising immigrant enclave, hiding in plain sight on the Lower East Side.
  19. little ukraine
    What the Little Ukraine Neighbors RememberFourteen recollections of hot beeswax, scouting, smuggling, and resurrections.
  20. honors
    Donald Trump Finally Gets a Jail CellMaybe he’ll visit soon!
  21. rendering judgment
    2 World Trade Center’s New Design Is Pretty Good (for 2007)Foster + Partners revamped its early-aughts tower, and it’s not bad. But does downtown still need an extra 3 million square feet of offices?
  22. obituary
    Sheldon Silver Was Albany’s Foremost ‘No’ for DecadesHe spent nearly 40 years in the state assembly, and the past two in prison.
  23. confederate monuments
    Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Will Be Freed From the Wastewater PlantLost Cause monument, all washed up.
  24. our mayor
    Eric Adams Is Returning His Well-worn Borough Hall Mattress to AideYou know, the one he’s had in his office for the past two years.
  25. maritime news
    The MTA’s Boat Got Wrecked — Wait, the MTA Had a Boat?The agency bought it 20 years ago, for reasons now lost in the harbor fog of bureaucracy.
  26. books
    Walking the Streets, Looking for a Long-Lost MadamThe historian Debby Applegate knows where all the best disreputables once hung out.
  27. getting around
    This Is the OMNY Card, and You Might Be Able to Buy One TodayBut not in the subway (yet).
  28. good news
    Change of Plans: You’ll Still Be Able to Browse the NYPL’s Picture CollectionResearchers howled and the library reversed itself.
  29. retail apocalypse
    Will a Post-Bankruptcy ABC Carpet & Home Still Be Over-the-Top Maximalist?A store whose retail experience is a maximalist performance.
  30. 9/11: 20 years later
    Visiting the Visitors: Photographs at the 9/11 MemorialSome tourists are more respectful than others.
  31. getting around
    The FDR Drive, Swamped Last Night, Is Full of Abandoned Cars TodayTow trucks are trying to clear the road.
  32. developing
    So Long, 666 Fifth AvenueIts past lives included Noguchi art, a cigar lounge, that satanic address, and Jared Kushner.
  33. the group portrait
    New York Public Library’s Human Search Engines“One thing that historians learned this year is that digitization can never replace the archives.”
  34. books
    The Power Broker Is Still Not Available As an E-Book. Except … It Is.“A myth,” says Robert Caro’s publisher. Yet, somehow, I just bought the Kindle edition.
  35. getting around
    Andrew Cuomo, the La Guardia AirTrain, and the Art of the PossibleIt’s not the best plan. But is “good enough” good enough?
  36. ahhhhhh
    Watching Perfectionist Restorers at Work Is Incredibly SoothingIt’s good to see someone bring rusty junk back to better-than-new condition.
  37. street party
    Bensonhurst Went Berserk Yesterday After Italy’s Football WinPictures from the celebration on 18th Avenue.
  38. fixtures
    Heidi Klum’s Louvered Closet Doors Can Be Yours, Should You Want ThemThe current occupant of the supermodel’s long-ago apartment is giving them away.
  39. didn’t see this one coming
    Eric Adams Gave a Tour of His Apartment; Everyone’s Still Asking Where He LivesIt’s a lived-in apartment. That much is clear.
  40. the great lawn
    An Epic New York City Reopening Concert Is Coming to Central ParkWho’ll headline? Who cares: We’ll be there.
  41. ihq q&a
    Why Did Food52 Just Buy Dansk?The site’s founder Amanda Hesser says she’s going to dig into the archives for reissues and sign up contemporary designers to create new lines.
  42. today in huh
    We Asked the Bushwick Piano Building’s Architect: Why?“This client likes unique and interesting designs,” he says.
  43. getting around
    The Man in the MTA’s Money RoomArmored cars, pocketless uniforms, coin-sucking vacuums: Al Putre, who counts $1.5 billion a year, lets us inside.
  44. down the hall
    Watch Giuliani’s Upper East Side Neighbor Be a Very Upper East Side Neighbor“They were bringing out a lot of stuff.”
  45. the office
    Remember the Office?A look back at 150 years of cubicles, corner offices, all-nighters, and the holiday party.
  46. rendering judgment
    Lincoln Center Wants You to Lie Down on Its PlazaHow comfortable will that plastic grass really be?
  47. pennsylvania six-five oh-oh-oh
    So Long to the Hotel PennsylvaniaOnce lovely, now dowdy, soon to be gone.
  48. rendering judgment
    Radio City Music Hall Will Finally Get Its Roof Garden After 90 YearsIt goes back to the original plans for Rockefeller Center, in which nearly all the rooftops were landscaped.
  49. tough calls
    Trump or Epstein: Which Depraved House Would You Buy?A $50 million dilemma.
  50. remembrance
    The Outlaw History of Arturo Di Modica’s Crosby Street StudioIt’s the Charging Bull sculptor’s largest yet least obvious New York work.
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