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Best of New York 2021

Reintroducing a 36-year-old New York magazine franchise.
  1. The Best Custom Woodworkers in New York Whether you want a Judd-like plywood bench, a full wall of bookshelves made of rift-cut oak, or just some simple, inexpensive cabinets.
  2. Smorgasburg Will Take Over the Former Hester Street Fair Space And it will now be called Hester Flea.
  3. The Best Toy Stores in New York A Harlem fixture owned by a former schoolteacher, the packed-to-the-gills shop in Cobble Hill, and more.
  4. The Best Homeware Stores in New York Affordable vintage furniture, Japanese gifts, Brimfield-quality quilts, and more.
  5. Is a Covid Vaccine Worth Schlepping to Staten Island For? (No offense to anyone who lives there.)
  6. The Best Exterminators in New York Including Chloë Sevigny’s pest guy.
  7. The Best Colorists in New York Where to go for Scarlett Johansson’s seasonal highlights, bubblegum-pink buzz cuts, “hot girl” hair, and more.
  8. The Best Caterers in New York Individual peking-duck buns from Nom Wah Tea Parlor, racks of ribs from Hometown Bar-B-Que, bissap mojitos from Teranga, and more.
  9. Best of New York 2021 Reintroducing a 36-year-old New York magazine franchise.
  10. ‘Six Generations, and We Ended Up in the Same Place 150 Years Later’ A mother and daughter on their family’s history in Chinatown and returning to Columbus Park to protest anti-Asian racism.
  11. Did the Texas Blackouts Reveal Austin’s New Real-Estate Hot Spots? Communities that helped each other through a crisis may now be threatened by a new real-estate marketing perk: critical-load zones.
  12. The Best Psychics in New York A palm reading by a psychotherapist, chakra balancing with body treatments, access to your ancestors, and more.
  13. The Best Fitness Instructors in New York For $10 pilates, a mind-body workout, “1,000-calorie burn” sessions, and more.
  14. The Best Florists in New York Where to find bodega roses that will last two weeks, Anna Wintour-approved arrangements, inexpensive marigolds, and more.
  15. Last Night in Echo Park On the scene as the LAPD evicted an enormous community of unhoused residents from the shore of Echo Park Lake.
  16. Meet the Teen Who Hates 432 Park More Than Anyone She’s an 11th-grader in Vancouver.
  17. Intrepid Museum, Unlike You, Will Not See a Rent Increase for the Next 30 Years The museum has been paying $1 a year since 1982.
  18. Mutual Aid Groups Are Now Booking Vaccine Appointments Too Expanding from grocery drop-offs to hitting refresh on TurboVax and getting people to shot clinics.
  19. ‘You Will End Up in the Back of a Garbage Truck’: Vero Lawsuit Claims Harassment According to court filings, the tactics escalated from aggressive to scary.
  20. A New York Window Washer Who, After 28 Years, Still Thinks About Falling “We are always listening for strange sounds on the scaffold.”
  21. Evanston’s Reparations Program Is Pioneering, But Limited Significant restrictions on eligibility and a modest pool of cash.
  22. Radio City Music Hall Will Finally Get Its Roof Garden After 90 Years It goes back to the original plans for Rockefeller Center, in which nearly all the rooftops were landscaped.
  23. Here’s Everyone Running for New York City Mayor (So Far) Forty-plus and counting.
  24. The Healer That Real-Estate Agents Call to Clear Their Cursed Apartments “It looks like I’m just walking around mumbling to myself. I don’t put on a big show, like they do on TV.”
  25. Hudson Yards Has Landscaped Out the Food Vendors “I’m not selling drugs. I’m a hot-dog guy.”
  26. The Things a New York Elevator Repairman Has Seen (and Smelled) Heaps of dead mice, sludge everywhere, and sometimes “a blast of piss gas right up in your face.”
  27. HECTOR Imagines a Monumental Party Ramp for a Disability Activist Part 15 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  28. Michael Sorkin Taught Me How to Look at New York Remembering the critic and architect — who died a year ago this week — and revisiting his book Exquisite Corpse.
  29. Leni Schwendinger Makes a Lightscape of the Evening Streetery Scene Part 14 or 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  30. Yeju & Chat Assembles Street-Vendor Umbrellas Into Community Message Boards Part 13 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  31. Paul Chan Wants Us to Look Up at the Night Sky Part 12 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  32. David Lang Turned Remote Learning Into a Song Part 11 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  33. David Rockwell Wants Us to Never Forget Their Faces Part 10 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  34. Floating Canopies That Bring Theater Everywhere, by Tommy Yang and Mark Gardner Part 9 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  35. Why Were the Nivola Horse Statues Sawed Off at the Knees? NYCHA insists they were removed only for the time being.
  36. Deborah Berke Partners Proposes A Contemplative Urban Stream Part 8 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  37. Weiss/Manfredi Evokes a Doctor’s Trip Through Despair Into Light Part 7 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  38. Prospect Heights Residents (and a local McDonald’s) Push Back Against New Tower Some neighbors say the area is already “swimming in density” and the 18-story building would make it worse.
  39. BRANDT : HAFERD Envisions a Roof Pavilion for East New York Part 6 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  40. Meditations on Loneliness With Happy the Elephant What can we learn about the meaning of solitude from a 50-year-old Elephas maximus at the Bronx Zoo?
  41. Time Is Running Out to Rent a (Relatively) Cheap Manhattan Apartment You may not want to wait much longer to sign a lease.
  42. Marvel Reconvenes a ‘Social Block’ for Brooklyn’s Last Puerto Rican Social Club Part 5 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  43. The Look Book Goes to the Angelika For the first time in nearly a year, moviegoers came back to the theater — masked and seated apart.
  44. Daniel Libeskind Cages Lady Liberty in Half a Million Steel Bars Part 4 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  45. Bronze Hands to Commemorate the Barely Seen Delivery Worker Part 2 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  46. Michael Arad (Briefly) Reveals an Ancient Wall Beneath the Reservoir Part 1 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  47. How Will We Remember This? A COVID memorial will have to commemorate shame and failure as well as grief and bravery.
  48. ‘Plastic Park’ Is Dead — So What Should a Marsha P. Johnson Tribute Look Like? We asked locals, activists, and her family what they’d like to see in the space.
  49. Social Workers Instead of Police? Denver’s 911 Experiment Is a Promising Start Six months into a pilot program that deploys squads of caregivers in place of cops, there are signs of success.
  50. What Eric Garcetti Might Borrow From ‘Mr. Mayor’ Five good L.A. ideas he can take from Neil Bremer’s imaginary governance.
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