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  1. the housing market
    New Yorkers Never Came ‘Flooding Back.’ Why Did Rents Go Up So Much?Getting to the bottom of a COVID-era real estate mystery.
  2. rikers
    How a Rikers Unit That Protects Trans Women Fell ApartA 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.
  3. biography of a building
    A Queens Co-Op Full of ElectriciansIt remains basically as it was imagined in 1949: a surprisingly affordable city-within-a-city.
  4. crime
    Here’s Why Everything at Walgreens Is Suddenly Behind PlasticThe recent spike in shoplifting is both overblown and real. And almost everyone is profiting from it (including you).
  5. first person
    I Lost My Brother TwiceFirst to schizophrenia, then forever to the city.
  6. the city politic
    The Queens Native Tasked With Making Legal Weed WorkChristopher Alexander is building New York’s budding market from scratch.
  7. public art watch
    Mashed Potatoes Meet MonetClimate activists have been celebrated for defacing great paintings. Why?
  8. reasons to love new york
    39 Reasons to Love New York Right NowEvery time it’s been confronted, New York has returned, more impossibly and unpredictably itself than ever, because we wanted it to.
  9. operators
    The Mennonite Airbnb Hustler of Upper ManhattanKonrad Bicher, calling himself “the Wolf of Airbnb,” ran a sublet scheme that made him rich — for a while.
  10. behind the scenes
    Why One Chinatown Mini-mall Languishes While Another ThrivesOn East Broadway, one shopping center has become an art-and-fashion destination. It isn’t just the cheap rent.
  11. street fights
    Plywood GourmetHow thousands of restaurants speedily, messily, and probably permanently took over the street.
  12. hotels
    The Billionaire Behind New York’s Most Luxe HotelVladislav Doronin’s ambitious, contentious journey from Leningrad to Aman New York.
  13. hot garbage
    Voyage of the GrossEven though every other option is better, most of New York’s trash still goes into a hole in the ground.
  14. the real estate
    The Woo-woo Agents of Real EstateCan unblocking your chakras get you a house? Maybe!
  15. biography of a building
    Inside Olympic Tower, Where Foreign Billionaires Have Long FlockedThe midtown high-rise is ideal for those who’d rather not do much of anything themselves.
  16. early and often
    Rick Caruso, the Mall King Who Would Be L.A.’s MayorTo get an idea of what kind of leader he might be, take a walk through the Grove.
  17. operators
    The Ugliest Divorce in Manhattan Real EstateHFZ’s luxury developers staked their futures on Bjarke Ingels’s High Line debut and lost everything.
  18. dividing assets
    All Split Up and Nowhere to GoAre pandemic breakups behind the city’s insane one-bedroom shortage?
  19. getting around
    Who’s Afraid of the Subway?Riding every line in the days after the Sunset Park shooting.
  20. ukraine
    One Seat in Coach, 36 Suitcases, and Enough Kevlar to Fight a WarThe Ukrainian Americans supplying an army on their own.
  21. street view
    What Will It Take for Architects to Stop Working With Autocrats?Designers have long relied on a catalogue of excuses to work with questionable clients. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
  22. the other epidemic
    The Radical Experiment Saving the Lives of Drug UsersHow a once fringe idea — making it safe to get high — became a reality.
  23. the group portrait
    Inside an Accidental Trans Enclave in East Williamsburg“Here was a chaotic set of trans people who could model how to live a happy life in a terrible world.”
  24. chinatown
    The Jail Money TrapThe Museum of Chinese in America was desperate to buy its building. The city found a reason to pay for it — one that threw Chinatown into turmoil.
  25. encounter
    At Jamian Juliano-Villani’s New Gallery O’Flaherty’s, ‘Taste Is Out the Door’The painter and her pals thought the art world had gotten too prissy. “This is the thing. No one’s doing anything cool.”
  26. politics
    ‘The Mayor Knew’Eric Garcetti’s top aide was a serial harasser, according to multiple accusers. The mayor, they say, ignored it.
  27. stop the presses
    Welcome to the Beach Cafe, the Upper East Side’s Republican CheersAnn Coulter, Cindy Adams, and Donald Jr. hang out there; try the (Roger) Stone Burger.
  28. biography of a building
    A Particularly Eccentric Upper West Side Apartment BuildingThe Master was built as a shrine to theosophist Nicholas Roerich. It has aged strangely.
  29. urbanism
    Perfecting the New York StreetWe consulted architects and planners to create an achievable, replicable plan — one suited to a city embracing its public spaces as never before.
  30. performing arts
    Who Will Give Peter Gelb $2 Billion to Guarantee the Met Opera’s Future?All of Gelb’s big problems running the opera house only got bigger during the pandemic.
  31. death becomes her
    A Date With the GraveVisiting the unlikely star of Mountain View Cemetery, a fake gravesite reserved exclusively for Hollywood’s funeral scenes.
  32. retail apocalypse
    Zombie Barneys! The Genius of Spirit HalloweenThe seasonal chain that, for a few weeks a year, reanimates dead retail.
  33. crime
    The Murders Down the Hall393 Powell Street was a peaceful home, until residents started dying in brutal, mysterious ways.
  34. design
    The Pope of GloopFor 60 years, Gaetano Pesce has been preaching the gospel of uncertainty in design. Finally, the world has caught up.
  35. cityscape
    Revolt of the Delivery WorkersExploited by apps. Attacked by thieves. Unprotected by police. The city’s 65,000 bikers have only themselves to count on.
  36. developments
    It Wasn’t Just the Shadows That Stopped a Pair of Brooklyn TowersThe Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s defenders were part of a much larger set of forces.
  37. election 2021
    Democratic Party PromoterThe 23-year-old nightlife impresario Chi Ossé finds a new VIP area: the City Council.
  38. closings
    Avenue B’s Queen of Latex Is Abdicating the ThroneThe Baroness is closing shop.
  39. encounter
    Kathryn Garcia’s Wide-Open FutureShe’s out of a job and lost the primary, but the almost-next-mayor of New York is now a political celebrity.
  40. in store
    Can Rockefeller Center Ever Be Hip?Tishman Speyer attempts a retail revolution in peak midtown.
  41. sims city
    No, You Can’t Recycle a Bowling Ball (But People Sure Keep Trying)The hard truth is these things are going to live longer than we are.
  42. getting around
    Why Your Uber Ride Is Suddenly Costing a FortuneDriver shortage, customer surplus, and harsh financial reality.
  43. biography of a building
    A Fairly Exhaustive Oral History of the Still-Wild McKibbin LoftsFour Loko parties, falling maggots, and first-floor strip clubs.
  44. cityscape
    New York’s First Climate Adaptation Battle Is HereThe city wants to bury East River Park to save it.
  45. the office
    Remember the Office?A look back at 150 years of cubicles, corner offices, all-nighters, and the holiday party.
  46. race and space
    MoMA’s ‘Reconstructions’ Show Changed My Relationship to Space and CitiesShould Black designers revise a history that erased them? Or should they revolt?
  47. features
    A Hot New Restaurant Moved In. That Made Its Neighbors Nervous.A gentrification battle erupts in Ridgewood.
  48. the real estate
    What If Compass Is Basically Just Like Every Other Real-Estate Brokerage?Except with a nicer logo and an over-leveraged IPO.
  49. anti-asian hate
    The Chinatown Block Watch, One Year LaterIncluding local grandmothers and men in combat gear, this 40-member patrol watches for anti-Asian attacks in the neighborhood.
  50. the real estate
    The Gut Renovation of Ryan SerhantHe was a real-estate striver slinging cheap rentals until Million Dollar Listing — and a pandemic market — made him the plutocracy’s broker of choice.
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