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Best of New York 2021

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  1. Hochul’s First Big Win Is a New Eviction Moratorium New legislation extends the freeze to January 15.
  2. A Very Long Walk With Isaac Fitzgerald Down the length of Fire Island with the most gregarious member of the literary internet.
  3. 9/11 Gave Us Two Decades of Anxious Architecture After the attacks, we had a chance to build the downtown that New York deserves. Two decades later, timidity and fear have us hemmed in at every turn.
  4. The U.S. Open’s Longest-Tenured Ball Boys At court with the most senior ball-lobbers and towel-profferers in tennis.
  5. When the Office Is a Fly-Fishing Motel A creative agency ditched its Manhattan studio and went upstate for good.
  6. The Chinese Buyers Who Were Scooping Up New York Real Estate Have Vanished Anti-maskers and anti-Asian hate attacks are among the reasons keeping the top group of international home buyers away.
  7. Democratic Party Promoter The 23-year-old nightlife impresario Chi Ossé finds a new VIP area: the City Council.
  8. Receptionist? Maître d’? Now You’re Also a Vaxx Bouncer Five workers talk about enforcing the new vaccine mandate.
  9. Jaeki Cho’s Favorite Spots in Flushing Chinese breakfast crepes, old-school Korean fried chicken, and the best salon for scalp treatments.
  10. The Look Book Goes to a Cricket Match in Van Cortlandt Park Players from India, Australia, Jamaica, and elsewhere faced off.
  11. The Specific Torture That Is Procuring a Passport Right Now The pandemic has thrown the process of renewing or getting a passport into disarray.
  12. The Renegade Skate-Ramp Builders of New York Who is pouring concrete under the L.I.E.?
  13. Some Tree Buffs in D.C. Took It Upon Themselves to Help Rebuild Notre-Dame A truss constructed with 12th-century techniques. On spec.
  14. Shelters Were Supposed to Get Better Air Circulation This Year. They Didn’t. “Ventilation? What ventilation? … Where we’re sleeping at, there’s nothing.”
  15. After Fears of a Pandemic Undercount, Census Numbers for NYC Are Way Up Multilingual outreach and a major effort to find unlisted apartments helped find half a million people.
  16. How I Greened My Prewar Co-op Building (It Wasn’t Easy) A climate economist overhauls his own leaky, 200-year-old co-op.
  17. A Napping Corner in Hudson Square (That’s Also a Playscape and Lunch Spot) This is the curbside architecture New York City needs.
  18. I Tackled My Climate Anxiety by Becoming a Parks Department Super Steward One weed at a time.
  19. Mutual Aid Gets Militant: The Brief Occupation of a Bushwick Storefront Organizers of the Gym clashed with police to use the empty space.
  20. Central Park Accidentally Offed Its Celebrity Bird Barry the barred owl is dead.
  21. New York’s Stoopers Have a New Enemy “If I had to imagine the Dr. Evil of the stooping community, this is it.”
  22. New York Public Library’s Human Search Engines “One thing that historians learned this year is that digitization can never replace the archives.”
  23. The City Is Finally Giving Homeless New Yorkers Enough Money for Rent The voucher program’s long-overdue boost comes months ahead of schedule.
  24. The Look Book Goes to Miramar Yacht Club Members and guests watched (and raced in) a weekend regatta at the 77-year-old Sheepshead Bay club.
  25. The Parallel-Parking Job That Ignited the Internet It prompted thousands of insults, threats, and moral judgments.
  26. New York’s Central Park Concert Isn’t Ready for the Delta Variant To see Barry Manilow, only one vaccine shot is required.
  27. 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.
  28. Avenue B’s Queen of Latex Is Abdicating the Throne The Baroness is closing shop.
  29. $100 For a Covid Shot in New York? It’s Worked Well Elsewhere The new incentive comes as Delta-variant cases are ramping up.
  30. ‘The Community Is Being Lied To’: Scenes from Manhattan CB2’s Soho Rezoning Vote Everyone knew the board would reject the plan, but plenty of people still wanted to rant about it.
  31. A Rare Brooklyn Townhouse Listing: Unrenovated, Unstaged, and Filled to the Brim “Literal crime scene” or just someone’s messy home? Either way, it will sell.
  32. The Green New Deal for Public Schools Goes Way Beyond Classrooms Including fruit trees, solar panels, lead-free pipes, and community-resiliency centers.
  33. The Nightmarish Subway Floods in China Could Be Our Future Is this what commuting under climate change will look like?
  34. The Seed Collector Who Roams the City’s Marshes Patrick Over works to conserve New York’s native plants.
  35. Inside a 22-Person Pandemic Pod in a Hudson Valley Hotel “The inn was a boat. And then it became a life raft.”
  36. A Super-Streetery Comes to Koreatown Maiden Korea riffs on Seoul’s street-food stalls.
  37. The Look Book Goes to a Dimes Square Clothing Rack Trying on Armani pants and rare Tiffany & Co. caps at Chad Senzel’s vintage pop-up, which appears most Saturdays at Canal and Ludlow Streets.
  38. ‘I Saw My Best Friend, All Covered in Black, and Her Face Was Red With Blood’ After the LAPD fireworks explosion, this South L.A. resident is demanding answers.
  39. The Brooklyn Skyline Is About to Change Forever with 9 DeKalb Everything we know about the borough’s first supertall.
  40. Are We Ever Going to Get a Place to Sit Down in Moynihan Station? The corporation behind the Penn Station expansion says more seating is coming.
  41. Bensonhurst Went Berserk Yesterday After Italy’s Football Win Pictures from the celebration on 18th Avenue.
  42. Even a Starchitect’s Homeless Housing Project Won’t Sway Venice Beach NIMBYs “What they are working towards is a de facto gated beach community.”
  43. Subway Flooding Is Here to Stay During intense rainfall in the city, water can end up just about anywhere.
  44. Subway Geysers and Jet Skis: See the Flooded Mess of Yesterday’s Storm The deluge is the latest preview of what climate change has in store for New York.
  45. Apartment Hunting With a Criminal Past Is Nearly Impossible Three New Yorkers talk about trying to find a place to live after prison.
  46. The Look Book Goes to a Financial District Dig Inn Workers who have gone back into the office — and some who never left — stopped by to pick up their Friday lunch.
  47. The Man Behind L.A.’s Megamansions Ramtin Ray Nosrati is a developer for our new Gilded Age.
  48. Developers Will Finally Have to Assess Who Gets Displaced by Rezonings New legislation will require racial-equity reports for many major developments.
  49. Twilight of the Liveaboards A renovation that’s also an eviction looms at the 79th Street Boat Basin.
  50. The Subway Booth Cash Clash A new federal bill could force attendants to accept dollars and cents.
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