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The Nepo Babies Forced Into Real Estate

Cry for the lives unlived.
  1. The Best Day Spas in New York From midtown to Governors Island.
  2. The Look Book Goes to Tatiana A recent Wednesday night at chef Kwame Onwuachi’s consistently booked Lincoln Center restaurant.
  3. Delancey Is Getting a Desperately Needed ‘Road Diet’ To the tune of $21 million in federal funds.
  4. Why Is the Floor of the Oculus Already Crumbling? Eight years in, the marble slabs are chipping and flaking. It didn’t have to be this way.
  5. L.A.’s ‘Green Alley’ Experiments Are Working The city’s efforts to become flood- and drought-resilient are ready to be scaled up.
  6. To Dream of Pickleball City The sport’s die-hard fans are fighting for courts they can call their own.
  7. The Bean, Once Half, Is Now Whole Four years later, Anish Kapoor’s legume at 56 Leonard is complete.
  8. Joan Didion’s Apartment Is for Sale Missed out on the estate auction? Seven and a half million dollars will get you the whole house.
  9. What the Gallerists Brought Home How Patrick Parrish and Alex Gilbert decided what they wanted to live with in their Clinton Hill apartment.
  10. Does New York’s Chinatown Really Need an Arch? Hochul has granted the money to build one, but younger residents ask whether the money would be better spent on other community needs.
  11. A Writer’s Book-Stuffed Greenwich Village Studio A photo of Rimbaud looks down from the bathroom ceiling.
  12. Clearing Vendors From the Brooklyn Bridge Won’t Solve Its Overcrowding Problem The bridge deserves a more comprehensive plan.
  13. The Rainbow Hellerware Revival, Artist-Made Dream Houses, and More Design Finds Plus, an architect’s quest to perfect the tiny wood stool.
  14. The NYCHA Chair Position Is Likely Getting a $255,000 Pay Cut Good-bye, inflated salary, and good luck with all the repairs and back rent.
  15. New Yorkers Never Came ‘Flooding Back.’ Why Did Rents Go Up So Much? Getting to the bottom of a COVID-era real estate mystery.
  16. Julia Fox Gave a ‘Maximum Transparency’ Tour of Her Apartment We also have a hallway where “nothing happens.”
  17. The Tiny Newspapers at War in the West Village Featuring alleged graphic-design theft, 9/11 truthers, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
  18. ‘Use That Time As a Meditation Time’: The MTA’s New, Very Long Escalator Ten stories down into the new Grand Central Madison terminal.
  19. An EV in Every Driveway Is an Environmental Disaster We can’t lithium mine our way out of climate crisis.
  20. What George Santos Was Really Like as a Roommate “He was home all day.”
  21. The Upper West Side’s Zone of Pedestrian Death The area around 96th Street is dangerous. And it’s hardly the worst in town.
  22. Floating Bedrooms in a Williamsburg Loft Matt Spangler asked architect Keith Burns for more space and light in his new place: Before and after photos.
  23. How a Rikers Unit That Protects Trans Women Fell Apart A decade ago, New York set out to lead the nation in efforts to support incarcerated trans people. Now they are stranded in all-male housing units.
  24. A Turtle Bay Townhouse With Wall-to-Wall Windows And a 400-square-foot balcony on every floor
  25. Working for New York City When Everyone Else Is Leaving Empty cubicles, giant caseloads that leave low-income tenants without rent aid, and “no end in sight.”
  26. U.S. Department of State Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Serifs For memos, Times New Roman is out, Calibri is in.
  27. The Problem With Boston’s MLK Memorial Isn’t That It Looks Like a Penis It’s how it reminds us of how little Boston — and other cities — have advanced the civil-rights leader’s racial-justice agenda.
  28. There Are Dolphins in the Bronx River Maybe you don’t want to swim there, but the Parks Department says it’s good news.
  29. If You’re So Good at Real Estate, Stephen Ross … Three years and a 50 percent price cut later, the Hudson Yards developer finally sold his penthouse.
  30. One Way to a Better City: Ask Disabled People to Design It Wouldn’t everyone fare a little better if (to take just one example) airport luggage-screening counters were lower?
  31. A $400,000 Studio With a Working Marble Fountain It’s the former reception room of a home once occupied by Ulysses S. Grant’s widow.
  32. A Queens Co-Op Full of Electricians It remains basically as it was imagined in 1949: a surprisingly affordable city-within-a-city.
  33. The Best Niche Bookstores in New York Exquisitely esoteric bookstores.
  34. The Look Book Goes to a Samoyed Meetup For eight years, NYC Samoyeds has arranged regular park gatherings for owners of the cheerful Siberian breed.
  35. Here’s Why Everything at Walgreens Is Suddenly Behind Plastic The recent spike in shoplifting is both overblown and real. And almost everyone is profiting from it (including you).
  36. The Mammoth Bone Hunters of the East River “We were looking for the big boys and the small stuff, too,” says one fossil hunter. “Any kind of bones.”
  37. Al Roker Is at War With His Tesla He can’t get in, and he can’t get out.
  38. Get Ready to Be Propanefluenced It’s more than HGTV hosts. Meet the #vanlife, #cottagecore, and #milkmaid influencers boosting liquefied petroleum gas.
  39. Push and Pull on a Park Avenue Co-op Renovation Interior designer Olivia Song’s clients were a couple with “polar opposite” tastes: he liked contemporary, she was more traditional.
  40. The East Village Standoff I Missed In 1995, I was oblivious to the drama in my neighborhood. Today, the East Village squatters’ battle for their houses is at the center of my novel.
  41. How Did a Plastic Box Come to Symbolize Everything Wrong with Retail? The Keeper’s unlikely journey from record stores to guarding Spam at your pharmacy.
  42. California’s Lost Trees After the current storms end, the state will face a new challenge: restoring an already diminished urban canopy.
  43. 24 Hours in the Life of a Discarded Christmas Tree The end of Christmas doesn’t mean the end of your tree.
  44. A Two-story Condo in a Former Parish House The doorman stand is the original priest’s pulpit.
  45. ‘We Were Killing Them With These Little Pitchforks’ Talking to Matt Deodato, rat specialist.
  46. Two Supportive-Housing Projects Make the Case for Building Many More They’re cheaper than the alternatives, acceptable to the neighbors, and successful among people who were living on the street.
  47. Rent It for the James Turrell Installation Hugh Jackman’s East Hampton retreat asks $500,000 for the summer.
  48. Listening in at Goldman Sachs Again Hours after the largest round of layoffs since the financial crisis began.
  49. The Casino–Apartment–Ferris-Wheel–Hotel Proposal for Midtown East Is Stefan Soloviev’s plan a jackpot or a bust?
  50. The Entirely Affordable, Cheerfully Modernist El Borinquen in the Bronx Nonprofit developer Comunilife teamed up with Alexander Gorlin Architects.
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