CULTURE, POLITICS, FOOD, FASHION: A NEW YORK POINT OF VIEW. With assertive reporting and sophisticated design, New York chronicles the people and events that shape the city that shapes the world.
The National Interest: Jonathan Chait • Biden or Bust Why isn’t a mainstream Democrat challenging the president?
Neighborhood News: Four Precarious Plots on Fifth Avenue • A construction project has become a nightmare for the neighbors.
Gisele Barreto Fetterman • She has steered her family through hell and back. What’s a few more fires?
The Schoolyard: Caitlin Moscatello • Did New York City Forget How to Teach Children to Read? This fall, Eric Adams is pivoting to phonics.
Adorable Little Detonators
The JOURNALIST and the BILLIONAIRE • Walter Isaacson is a man with a GOLDEN ROLODEX, impeccable Establishment credentials, and world-class SCHMOOZING SKILLS. Now he has written a biography of Elon Musk, who despises ALL THOSE THINGS.
PROTECTING A PREDATOR • HOW COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IGNORED WOMEN, UNDERMINED PROSECUTORS, AND ALLOWED ONE OF ITS OB/GYNS TO ABUSE HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS.
A Beginner Straight Razor Beloved by Experts
The Best CAKE SHOPS • ➥ TO FIND THE SPOTS on this list, we polled dozens of stylish and savvy New Yorkers—bakers and writers among them. For more obsessively sourced recommendations, including the best florists and framers, visit curbed.com.
The U.S. Open • We chatted with tennisgoers at the American Express Fan Experience tent.
A Decamping to a Bro ad Channel Swim Club • A few years ago, Coming Soon co-founders Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria left the Upper East Side for the Rockaways.
Bistro du Jour • Libertine is a new (and pricey) take on an old idea.
Who’s the New Guy? • Meet our restaurant critic.
The Chiang Mai Chi Dog Finds a Permanent Home • Little Grenjai’s Thai burgers and breakfast congee arrive in Bed-Stuy.
How Zadie Smith Lost Her Teeth • Since her audacious debut, the author has been moving toward character-driven realism. In the process, she has become the least interesting version of herself.
Welcome to the ’90s Country Revival • Listening to many of the genre’s rising stars can make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a honky-tonk from 1996.
Led Around By It • When Bradley Cooper plays director, he likes to go big.
The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes • The most overrated metric in entertainment is erratic, reductive, and easily hacked—and yet has Hollywood in its grip.
CRITICS • Craig Jenkins on Olivia Rodrigo’s Guts … Angelica Jade Bastién on One Piece … Sara Holdren on The Tempest.
To Do • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.SEPTEMBER 13–27
THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL • The especially stacked Lincoln Center fest is approaching. Here are five tickets to snag. (On sale to the general public September 19.)
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
They Put a Bow on It • Add a neatly tied ribbon and poof! It’s $100 more.
Lost in the Machine • After a century of marrying risky artistry with commercial savvy, the fashion industry has all but abandoned design talent.
This Water Tastes Like Balenciaga • Whatever you do, don’t lose these $900 water bottles and $1,000 coffee cups. Eight designer mugs to choose from.
What’s My Age Again? • By now, many of us have fully resumed our post-pandemic lives. But what about all the years we missed?
A Glossary for Giving Up
The Office Ten • You’d never take a second glance at the guy in a Patagonia vest. So why does he suddenly look so hot when he asks to borrow a stapler?