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The American Dream Mall Is Ridiculous Yet Not Ridiculous Enough

They’ve stripped the dazzle paint from Xanadu.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spotlighting Flushing’s Ubiquitous Stainless-Steel Fences Artist Anne Wu reflects on an immigrant aesthetic at the Shed.
  4. 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.
  5. We Unearthed the 31 Best Rent Deals in NYC Right Now Our hunt this week surfaced quite a few very nice duplexes, including some for around $2,500 and a rare Midtown East retreat with 27-foot ceilings.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A Slice of the Sky The supertall 111 West 57th is what the ruling class builds for itself.
  9. 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.”
  10. In Sinking Miami, the GOP Tries to Admit It Has a Climate Problem The MAGA base remains unconvinced.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. An Epic New York City Reopening Concert Is Coming to Central Park Who’ll headline? Who cares: We’ll be there.
  14. Rashid Johnson Welcomes Everyone to His Red Stage on Astor Place Do what you want, people!
  15. After MoMA, the Black Reconstruction Collective Plots Its Future in Architecture Its members talk institutional change, practicing refusal, and what comes next.
  16. A Williamsburg Loft Just Waiting on Its 3-D-Printed Birds Sebastian Errazuriz refuses to accept life as it is.
  17. Weeknight Parties, Weekend Clampdowns, and Angry Neighbors in Washington Square Monday through Thursday, the revelry goes on.
  18. Why Your Uber Ride Is Suddenly Costing a Fortune Driver shortage, customer surplus, and harsh financial reality.
  19. A Nick Cave Installation, a Squiggly Lamp, and Other Things I Liked This Week Including the city’s best new rooftop.
  20. Get Ready for Flat-Rat Summer Rodents and cars do not mix.
  21. 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).
  22. Grim New Numbers: Traffic Deaths Highest Since 2007 Speeding, mostly, seems to be the cause.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Meet Your Next Mayor Housing? Policing? Pot? New York Nico interviews the candidates for New York Magazine.
  26. Co-working Is Back, But This Time It’s Really Boring Commercial real-estate developers are plowing money in new, utilitarian shared office spaces.
  27. 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.
  28. Little Island Won Me Over The tiny public-but-private garden squeezes in a multitude of experiences.
  29. 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.
  30. Jaime Lerner Made Your City Better The hugely influential urban planner died this week at 83.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. New York’s Storefront Plywood Finds a Second Life Five public art projects transform the material in citywide installations.
  36. 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.
  37. The City’s Battered, Beloved Playground Animals Are Retiring to Queens How the Parks Department ended up with this peculiar sculptural zoo.
  38. How a Denser Los Angeles Can Still Look Like Los Angeles Where the neighbors don’t want towers, a city competition provides some alternatives.
  39. Who Made That Ear-Shaped Mirror That’s All Over Instagram? Trying to solve a mystery, 40 years on.
  40. 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.
  41. It Looks Like New York City Rents Have Bottomed Out And will probably stay low for the rest of the year.
  42. ‘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.
  43. Barbara Jakobson Thinks of Her Art-Filled Townhouse As Her Autobiography She’s lived here since 1965 and now gets up and down its five floors on her spiffy new stair-climbing “worm.”
  44. In New York’s Chinatowns, Adams and Yang Supporters Are Bitterly Feuding Community leaders know Adams better, but could Yang be their Asian Obama?
  45. The Straightforward Way to Make California’s Wildfires Less Deadly State senator Henry Stern proposes a simple plan: Don’t build houses where they’ll burn.
  46. Is This Concrete’s Breakthrough Moment? New technology could turn it from a climate problem into part of the climate solution.
  47. 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.
  48. When Your Central Park Softball Teammate Is a Former Yankees Star C.C. Sabathia is playing rec-league softball this season and mashing the ball all over Central Park’s North Meadow.
  49. Barry Diller Wants to Show Off His Big Beautiful Baby, Little Island “Could we build something that would make people happy? I know it sounds loopy.”
  50. The Lower East Side’s (Not Very Well Known) Black History An exclusive look at the Tenement Museum’s new walking tour.
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