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Not That Long Ago, New York City Really Was Run From a Smoke-filled Backroom

In celebration of New York Magazine’s 50th anniversary, this series, which will continue through October 2018, tells the stories behind key moments that shaped the city’s culture. When the verdict ... read more

How key players are reacting to Amazon’s pull-out from NYC

In 2017, a long list of ... that Amazon is not the right type of company to be rolling out a red carpet for ... We have seen today that people power beats corporate power.” New York City Councilman ... read more

Bill de Blasio is on the brink of becoming New York’s mayor. What does he really believe?

In short, de Blasio and his opponents agree on one thing: that he is very ... in New York. But he subsequently surprised many observers by not taking a job as a big-time D.C. political consultant and ... read more

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Why Is Bill de Blasio’s Presidential Dream a Sad Joke?

In addition to revealing that he is not the most nimble politician, the Iowa debacle made clear that de Blasio wants very badly to be a national figure—and New York ... a backroom deal to bring an ... read more

The Heroes and Villains of New York’s Changing Cityscape

Six years ago, speaking at Cooper Union, musician Patti Smith warned aspiring artists against coming to New York City. The city ... with Moses as a kind of smoke-filled backroom Dracula, until Mayor ... read more

10 of the best Irish bars in New York

In a city that remains ... much as it was a century ago. Photograph: Michael Nagle McSorley’s has long claimed to have opened in 1854 and to be the oldest pub in New York (both of which are debated). ... read more

If the Greenland ice sheet melts, what happens to New York City? This reporter went to find out.

The night Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, I was stationed at NPR’s deserted New York ... And it’s taken on even more urgency after a recent discovery. Not long ago, scientists thought the ice ... read more

Lori Lightfoot Is Elected Chicago Mayor, Becoming First Black Woman to Lead City

“Look, nothing personal, but it’s not ... in a new era of accountability and transparency at City Hall. At times, she seemed to be running against Chicago politics in the public imagination: A ... read more

What It Feels Like When Everyone Is Making Art But You

It makes no difference when you finally get to New York ... was at the very back of an enormous and gloomy apartment, just up the block from the three-story-high tower of stuffed animals that used to ... read more

How Crescent Heights developer Russell Galbut plans to remake South Florida

“He understands there’re many no’s before you get to a yes — if you really want something, you better not be faint of ... mistake” for New York City. “Cities are built by their develop ... read more

The Corruption of Bipartisanship

It wasn't that long ago—before the bridge scandal, credit downgrades, and collapse of Atlantic City—that ... the sort of backroom pressure that makes politics run. But both inquiries are inseparable ... read more

The Thunderbolt

Theirs is a very New York love ... did not fully prepare her for the current one. Friends describe a woman who is hurt and baffled—“freaked out,” says one—by the barrage of coverage of her first ... read more

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