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Best of New York 2021

Reintroducing a 36-year-old New York magazine franchise.
  1. Little Island Won Me Over The tiny public-but-private garden squeezes in a multitude of experiences.
  2. Jaime Lerner Made Your City Better The hugely influential urban planner died this week at 83.
  3. NYC’s Annual Homeless Count Says the Numbers Are Way Down. It’s Probably Wrong. Advocates say the subway shutdown and increased police sweeps likely threw off the numbers.
  4. A Day With New York’s Bird Paramedics During migrations, thousands of birds crash into skyscrapers. And a few volunteer EMTs rush in to help.
  5. 40 Eviction Cases Were Thrown Out Over ‘Wuhan Virus’ Notice Turns out, the courts don’t like it when you alter official notices with racial slurs.
  6. New York’s Storefront Plywood Finds a Second Life Five public art projects transform the material in citywide installations.
  7. Where Did All the Yellow Cabs Go? Nearly two-thirds of New York’s taxis are gone, and a lot of them may never come back.
  8. The City’s Battered, Beloved Playground Animals Are Retiring to Queens How the Parks Department ended up with this peculiar sculptural zoo.
  9. How a Denser Los Angeles Can Still Look Like Los Angeles Where the neighbors don’t want towers, a city competition provides some alternatives.
  10. The Look Book Goes to New York Dress High-school students tried on tulle gowns and sequined A-lines for proms and quinceañeras at the Maspeth boutique.
  11. It Looks Like New York City Rents Have Bottomed Out And will probably stay low for the rest of the year.
  12. ‘There Is a Little Light, Finally’: New York Hoteliers on Recovery A roundtable chat about what the past year’s been like and where this beleaguered industry’s headed.
  13. The BQE Is Still Falling Apart, and There’s No Real Plan to Fix It The outlook is grim for the expressway, but only stopgap measures are underway.
  14. The Lower East Side’s (Not Very Well Known) Black History An exclusive look at the Tenement Museum’s new walking tour.
  15. My Toilet Is My Office In April of 2020, about a month into full-time working from home with her husband and two kids, Niamh Sproul decided something had to change.
  16. Lady Liberty Seems to Want You to Draw Her Like One of Your French Girls She’s ready for hot vaxx summer.
  17. Mapping a Year of Anti-Asian Violence in New York City Behind the alarming numbers with the city’s commissioner on human rights.
  18. What If New York Stopped Knocking Down Buildings? A vast amount of captured carbon would stay where it is.
  19. There’s No One in Charge of New York’s Noisy Helicopters And it’s driving some New Yorkers insane.
  20. Here’s Everyone Running for New York City Mayor (So Far) Meet the twenty-plus candidates.
  21. The UES Battle Over a Blood Lab Is Not About Blood Preservationists and elected officials fear pathogens could escape into the neighborhood.
  22. Riverside Park Is Falling Apart All around the park system, decay is setting in and repair bills are mounting.
  23. A Fairly Exhaustive Oral History of the Still-Wild McKibbin Lofts Four Loko parties, falling maggots, and first-floor strip clubs.
  24. There Are Only 7 Homes in New York City Under $100,000 Despite what a couple of mayoral candidates think the average Brooklyn sales price is.
  25. The Look Book Goes to Sami’s Kabab House During the third week of Ramadan, people gathered to break the fast with Qabuli, lamb shanks, and aushak at the Astoria restaurant.
  26. New York’s First Climate Adaptation Battle Is Here The city wants to bury East River Park to save it.
  27. Subway Crime Is Still Low, But the MTA Wants More Cops. Why? “Generally, when there’s a uniformed presence, people are more likely to behave.”
  28. Everywhere ‘Succession’ Has Been Filming Lately The Plaza, the Mandarin Oriental, the Shed, and a $50 million Beach Lane home.
  29. How the Oldest Family-Run Business in Chinatown Keeps the Lights On “Throughout the COVID year, we had a half a dozen family members here every day. It’s our family living room.”
  30. Could We Really Get a Good Penn Station? Yet another wisp of hope.
  31. What’s a Crown Heights Supermarket Worth? It’s a lifeline to local residents. It’s also a valuable development site. You can guess where this story is headed.
  32. New York Weed Dealers Face a Choice: Go Corporate or Stay Underground “The black market is still going to be there.”
  33. We Asked the Bushwick Piano Building’s Architect: Why? “This client likes unique and interesting designs,” he says.
  34. What Could Governors Island Be? An aquatic botanical garden, a film-set landscape, and more: Four fanciful transformation plans, commissioned by Curbed.
  35. An Electric Car in High-rise Manhattan: How Long Is Your Extension Cord? The realities of a plug-in car when you live in the Financial District.
  36. A Driver Destroyed Another Streetery, and This Time Someone Died The crash killed a 37-year-old delivery worker.
  37. That TikTok-Famous Building Is Bolting Down Its Bathroom Mirrors After millions of views, management is bringing out the drills.
  38. Oh Look, de Blasio and Cuomo Are Fighting Over Reopening Again The mayor is promising to lift restrictions the governor set.
  39. Towers in a Flood Zone? Two Trees Just Wants You To Look At The Wetland Up Front An array of green features are being used to garner support for the proposed River Ring apartments.
  40. The Look Book Goes to Dia Chelsea After a two-year renovation, the gallery reopened with an exhibition of works by artist Lucy Raven.
  41. The Open-Plan Office Was an Auditory Disaster To quiet the din, consider a 1976 Acoustic Conditioner.
  42. Remember the Office? A look back at 150 years of cubicles, corner offices, all-nighters, and the holiday party.
  43. The Infinite Semiotics of the Office Bathroom It is an unavoidable intersection of power and poop.
  44. What It Was Like to Work at The Paris Review in the 1980s A few of the people we discovered became famous; many did not.
  45. Scandals, Murders, and Innovations in One Iconic New York City Office The Equitable Building is not as famous as the Chrysler, the Empire State, or even the Flatiron. But it changed the city in countless ways.
  46. The Exquisite Pleasure of a Dead-End Job The dirty deeds, office drama, and pay irregularities of a starter job.
  47. The Subtle Art of the Executive Assistant The role occupies a peculiar place in the modern office.
  48. Why Is Office Lighting So Bad? Fluorescents were terrible. But LEDs can drive you insane.
  49. New York City Made the Office And the office, in turn, made modern New York.
  50. Six Municipal Workers on Going Back to the Cubicle “Those elevators are packed like a can of sardines.”
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