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James Turrell Skyspace Opens at Friends Seminary

It opens to the public on March 1.
  1. The Beginning of the End of the Turnstile A visit with the MTA’s new anti-fare evasion gates in Queens.
  2. The SUV That Tried to Take the Subway A mishap in Washington Heights highlights a bad year for traffic accidents.
  3. What We Know About the ‘Mystery’ Dog Illness That’s Spreading So far, vets aren’t too worried about the respiratory illness circulating among dogs.
  4. The Landlords Are Merging Two organizations representing owners of rent-stabilized buildings across the city may be teaming up because one of them is going broke.
  5. The Boys Who Got Lost Under Staten Island A sixth-grade adventure.
  6. Reasons to Love New York Right Now Maybe because the year was so challenging, our 37 reasons to love New York this year feel even dearer.
  7. We Took New York’s TikTokers to Lunch The people who tell the world about dating, dining, and celebrity apartments met up at Bad Roman (where else?).
  8. Good-bye, Beautiful Trash Cans We’re ditching you for something better.
  9. How This Lost Dog Got Found It’s Waylon, and he’s a good boy.
  10. Huge Hunks of Concrete Are Key to the Mayor’s Plan for Safer Intersections Not all approaches to “daylighting” are created equal.
  11. The Look Book Goes to an Anime Convention Cosplayers and gamers went all out for Anime NYC’s three-day event at the Javits Center.
  12. A Postcard From Driverless San Francisco Unexplained stops. Incensed firefighters. Cars named Oregano. The robotaxis are officially here.
  13. Los Angeles After the Freeway A less car-dependent L.A., already in motion, may have something to teach the rest of the country.
  14. A Frank Talk About Thanksgiving Travel Tips from a Port Authority veteran on flying out during this week’s storms.
  15. Someone Had to Build the Giant Mushrooms for the Candy Forest Designing the hallucinatory spectacle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  16. The Great ‘Fentanyl Trash Can’ Freak-out How competing text threads, park litter, and a tragic Bronx day-care death made Brooklyn parents lose their minds.
  17. The Look Book Goes to the New York City Marathon We stopped sweaty, exhausted, Gatorade-drenched runners at the finish line of the 52nd annual race.
  18. The FBI’s Eric Adams Probe Focuses on Brooklyn Construction Firm KSK has ties to Turkey and is mostly been known for its unremarkable luxury buildings.
  19. The New Jersey Hindu Temple Covered With 10,000 Sculptures Marble elephants, ample parking, and a federal investigation into how it all got built.
  20. Licensing E-Bikes Won’t Make the Sidewalks Safer “Every few years it’s the same neighborhoods asking the city to go after the same group of people.”
  21. Jewish Schools Around New York City Are Hiring Armed Guards “We didn’t wait to hear that people wanted to increase security. We did it immediately.”
  22. Someone Broke Moynihan Train Hall’s Skylights — From the Outside The indoor scaffolding is just a precaution while the glass is replaced.
  23. Feeling Exposed in Little Yemen Members of a Bronx mosque met with the NYPD to talk about protecting their community. And why police seem to ignore their calls.
  24. Prayer and Protest in Bay Ridge’s Little Palestine The mood was mournful and resolute on the day before a Gaza peace rally.
  25. The Absolute Mayhem of Halloween on Garden Place The Brooklyn Heights brownstones go big (and only hand out the good stuff).
  26. No Ring, No Blood, No Glory In this underground wrestling scene, scripted death matches unfold just inches from the crowd.
  27. The Mostly Monochrome OMNY Kiosk Is Here Stainless-steel machine delivers (in our extremely unscientific test) stainless performance.
  28. Walling Up the East Side to Save It Why the floodgates on the waterfront look the way they do.
  29. The Deadly School-Zone Crossing The deaths of a 7-year-old in Fort Greene and a Woodhaven crossing guard were preventable and predictable.
  30. Welcome to the McGuinness Boulevard Parking Lot–Bike Lane–Loading Zone The mayor made a mess of the planned redesign. Now everyone’s confused.
  31. The Look Book Goes to the Central Park Conservancy Fall Luncheon The Women’s Committee and guests brought in over $325,000 at the annual fundraiser.
  32. What a School-bus Crash in Jerusalem Reveals About Life in Occupied Palestine A deadly collision exposes the system of checkpoints and borders that made it inevitable.
  33. Crumps’ Illusions Mike Crumplar, the self-mythologizing Substacker of Dimes Square, is convinced he’s in a Balzac novel.
  34. The 2024 Streetery Is All About Light and Air A look at the new renderings from the city.
  35. Thomas Heatherwick Thinks Nearly All New Buildings Are Boring A critique of his critique.
  36. All the City People on Our “Inside Power” List From a co-op whisperer to the longtime ruler of Manhattan parks.
  37. Imagining Gaza Without Borders and Without War Revisiting urban designs by Michael Sorkin and other architects after the 2014 Gaza War.
  38. When New York Started to Wake Up The photographs in Metropolitan Melancholia, made in 2021 and 2022, document a city learning to un-shelter in place.
  39. Where Are All the Legal Weed Shops? Two years since legalization, you can count the number of actual brick and mortars in the city on two hands.
  40. ‘We’re Fighting Over Inches’ New York cyclists on their near misses and collisions on the city’s bridges.
  41. Floral Storefront City When did fake wisteria take over every retail façade in Manhattan?
  42. When 42nd Street Was the ‘Dead Line’ No One Would Cross How real-estate developers made Times Square out of a sleepy district of horse stables.
  43. Small-Building Owners Will Soon Join New York City’s War on Trash Most of the city’s residential buildings will be covered by DSNY’s newest containerization rule.
  44. This Year’s Unwelcome Guests, According to the East Hampton Police Logs Pantless men, seagull murders, and Ed Sheeran making too much noise.
  45. A Brooklyn Café That Said No More Influencers Dae, a Carroll Gardens café and home-goods shop, has taken the drastic step of banning photos and videos.
  46. How Not to Get Bedbugs From Everyone Returning From Paris Fashion Week An exterminator recommends heated luggage, bedbug-sniffing dogs, and prayer.
  47. Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Is Un-Canceled Thanks to a dog food company.
  48. Maybe Manhattan Needed a Beach The Gansevoort Peninsula is a sweet, sandy little respite.
  49. What Was Trump Tower? His co-star, his political launch pad, his longest-term companion.
  50. Scenes From a Flooded New York Subway evacuations, school day chaos, a missing mayor, and at least one fugitive sea lion.
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