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What Is Going On in Washington Square Park?

A 48-hour diary of a ten-acre park where everything in the city seems to be happening at once.
  1. What Is Going On in Washington Square Park? A 48-hour diary of a ten-acre park where everything in the city seems to be happening at once.
  2. A Mosaic Stool, Fiberglass Mezcal Cup, and Other Things I Liked This Week Plus, a London Design Biennale exhibit on the “archaeology” of 700 plastic spoons
  3. At a Washington Square Park Meeting, All of Greenwich Village Turned Up to Yell Not everyone made it inside; those who did raised their hands for an early park closing time.
  4. The Hostel Has Closed on Nantucket The Star of the Sea — a cheap place to be — has been purchased and, yes, kicked the bucket.
  5. Why the Delta Variant Is Especially Dangerous for Black and Brown New Yorkers The state celebrated giving shots to 70 percent of adults, but the figure is half that in some communities.
  6. We Unearthed the 37 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now This week, we found a few standout studios as well as pretty parlor-floor spaces with original woodwork.
  7. Why, Exactly, Is the Pompidou Coming to Jersey City? With free rent and millions in funding, the French art museum actually has a lot to gain. Will Jersey City be able to say the same?
  8. Restaurants May Finally Get Relief From Grubhub and Uber’s Automatic Sign-ups Delivery services routinely add restaurants to their apps without asking them. Legislators want to make that illegal.
  9. The American Dream Mall Is Ridiculous Yet Not Ridiculous Enough They’ve stripped the dazzle paint from Xanadu.
  10. The Homeless-to-Hotels Program Is Ending, and Nobody’s Ready Advocates fear mass eviction; hoteliers say their businesses are still in crisis.
  11. East Village Rooftop Parties Are Out of Control — Can a New Bill Change That? After two recent deaths of partiers, Councilmember Carlina Rivera wants landlords to be held responsible.
  12. Daniel Humm Buys $14.5 Million Co-op from Chipotle Founder The Eleven Madison Park Chef is moving to lower Fifth Avenue.
  13. Halloween Director David Gordon Green’s Kubrick-Inspired NYC Loft A high-tech space odyssey.
  14. New York’s Best Aperkments The free Park Avenue mansions and Cobble Hill brownstones used to lure the city’s top ministers, private-school heads, and museum directors.
  15. In the Heights Made Its New York City Sets ‘a Great Playground’ The movie’s production designer and set decorator tell Vulture about translating the hit musical and all its intricacies to the big screen.
  16. Spotlighting Flushing’s Ubiquitous Stainless-Steel Fences Artist Anne Wu reflects on an immigrant aesthetic at the Shed.
  17. Going Back to the Office Means Long Island City’s Rent Deals Are Over Long Island City rents are sharply on the rise as white collar workers flood back into the city. They’re up 5.82 percent in May over April.
  18. Eric Adams Gave a Tour of His Apartment; Everyone’s Still Asking Where He Lives It’s a lived-in apartment. That much is clear.
  19. Helmet Laws Are Not What New York City Cyclists Need Right Now Elected officials keep proposing more rules for bicycles and scooters instead of fixing streets.
  20. A Slice of the Sky The supertall 111 West 57th is what the ruling class builds for itself.
  21. The Lower East Side Seniors Who Organized Their Own T’ai Chi Class “T’ai chi helps with memory,” one says. “It’s important, at our age, to keep our minds alert.”
  22. In Sinking Miami, the GOP Tries to Admit It Has a Climate Problem The MAGA base remains unconvinced.
  23. 20 New Yorkers (From Fran Lebowitz to Ron Kim) On Ranking The Mayoral Candidates Fran Lebowitz, Ron Kim, Chelsea Manning, and more weigh in on the mayoral primary candidates.
  24. One of These People Will Be the Next Mayor of New York Fifteen candidates for mayor, each selling a different vision of the city. Choose your top five.
  25. An Epic New York City Reopening Concert Is Coming to Central Park Who’ll headline? Who cares: We’ll be there.
  26. Rashid Johnson Welcomes Everyone to His Red Stage on Astor Place Do what you want, people!
  27. After MoMA, the Black Reconstruction Collective Plots Its Future in Architecture Its members talk institutional change, practicing refusal, and what comes next.
  28. A Williamsburg Loft Just Waiting on Its 3-D-Printed Birds Sebastian Errazuriz refuses to accept life as it is.
  29. Weeknight Parties, Weekend Clampdowns, and Angry Neighbors in Washington Square Monday through Thursday, the revelry goes on.
  30. Why Your Uber Ride Is Suddenly Costing a Fortune Driver shortage, customer surplus, and harsh financial reality.
  31. A Nick Cave Installation, a Squiggly Lamp, and Other Things I Liked This Week Including the city’s best new rooftop.
  32. Get Ready for Flat-Rat Summer Rodents and cars do not mix.
  33. Look! Books! The Tired Old Mid-Manhattan Library Gets a Sharp New Renovation An understated top-to-bottom rehab puts open access — and open books — front and center (and a café on the roof).
  34. Grim New Numbers: Traffic Deaths Highest Since 2007 Speeding, mostly, seems to be the cause.
  35. Buildings Want to Require Vaccinations. The Doormen’s Union Says No. The union, along with many buildings, are encouraging doormen to get the jab. But requiring it for the job is where it draws the line.
  36. The Free Food Pantry Gets the Subscription Box Treatment Wellfare is delivering jackfruit chips, grass-fed turkey jerky sticks, and other snacks and drinks to NYCHA residents in Williamsburg and Bushwick.
  37. Meet Your Next Mayor Housing? Policing? Pot? New York Nico interviews the candidates for New York Magazine.
  38. Co-working Is Back, But This Time It’s Really Boring Commercial real-estate developers are plowing money in new, utilitarian shared office spaces.
  39. NYC Is About to Add 4,000 Street Vendors. Los Angeles Has Ideas to Borrow. More communal kitchens, more permit options, more flexibility on the streets.
  40. Little Island Won Me Over The tiny public-but-private garden squeezes in a multitude of experiences.
  41. A Visit to the Soon-to-Open Museum of American Restaurant China It’s upstairs at Fishs Eddy on 19th Street and Broadway in the private sanctum of proprietor Julie Gaines.
  42. Jaime Lerner Made Your City Better The hugely influential urban planner died this week at 83.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Can Millions of New Ford F-150 Trucks Become a Clean-Energy Storage Grid? When there’s a big battery in every garage, solar power can flow all night.
  46. 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.
  47. New York’s Storefront Plywood Finds a Second Life Five public art projects transform the material in citywide installations.
  48. 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.
  49. The City’s Battered, Beloved Playground Animals Are Retiring to Queens How the Parks Department ended up with this peculiar sculptural zoo.
  50. How a Denser Los Angeles Can Still Look Like Los Angeles Where the neighbors don’t want towers, a city competition provides some alternatives.
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