New York Magazine February 1-14, 2021

In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.

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1 New York’s last issue grappled with a tumultuous three-week period in Washington starting with the storming of the Capitol (“End-Times,” January 18–31). Many praised the issue’s type cover: On Twitter, Christopher T. Assaf called it “a breathtaking, adventurous cover that fits the content and the moment in time.” Wallace McKelvey responded, “This @NYMag cover is exceptional graphic design: simple and striking.” @Kozza remarked, “Might be the most consequential set of Wednesdays ever.” @mhyager joked, “Who needs the Ides of March when you can have the I’s of January.” In “The Broken President,” Jonathan Chait wrote of the grim reality facing Trump post-presidency. Political-science professor Marco Lowe added to Chait’s accounting: “Despite all the major issues the President faces upon leaving office, this piece does not mention the $73 million…

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the city politic : david freedlander

ERIC ADAMS HAS SPENT 14 years in office, the last seven as the Brooklyn borough president, and is the leading Black candidate in the New York City mayor’s race. Black voters will likely make up more than 30 percent of the Democratic electorate, but a big question hanging over the Adams campaign—which has raised millions of dollars—is whether he can lock down support from the city’s most powerful Black leaders. Or whether he’s even trying. The race itself is shaping up to be the most volatile in years; not only is this the first time the primary will be held in June, three months earlier than usual, but it is also the first citywide election under the city’s new voting law, which allows voters to pick not one but five of…

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the group portrait: running zoom on zoom

“WE WERE AN IN-OFFICE culture,” says Janine Pelosi, Zoom’s chief marketing officer, of the pre-pandemic era. Like many workplaces, Zoom’s went remote last March. But while employees at other companies may have been focused on establishing their at-home workflow or salvaging whatever office culture they could, Zoom employees were busy keeping up with the exponential growth resulting from the office exodus. According to the New York Times, on March 15, nearly 600,000 people—many of whom had presumably spent the past decade using Skype, ooVoo, and Google Meet—downloaded the app in a 24-hour period. By April, the number of daily meeting participants reached 300 million, up from 10 million in December 2019. “We had to change job descriptions. Our team wasn’t out there doing physical events,” says Pelosi, Zooming in from…

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127 minutes with … sam bankman-fried

IN JANUARY 2018, Sam Bankman-Fried, then a mathy 25-year-old who had recently left Wall Street to try his hand at buying and selling cryptocurrency, spotted a fabulous arbitrage: Because of a faddish surge of interest in Japan, bitcoin was trading for 10 percent more there than in America. Much of the rest of the cryptosphere was distracted by something even shinier—the 30 percent price gap between Korean and American bitcoin, known as the kimchee premium. But Korea has a restricted currency that’s hard to turn back into dollars; Bankman-Fried had tried to crack that trade, at one point calculating whether it made sense to get an airplane, fill it with people, and fly to Seoul to all buy bitcoin in person. Instead, he settled for Japan. It was still complex (or…

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extremely online : scott galloway

THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER Hannah Arendt, analyzing the fall of democratic Germany to the Nazis, observed that totalitarianism comes to power through a “temporary alliance between the elite and the mob.” Seventy years ahead of her time, she couldn’t have articulated a more apt description of Twitter, Inc. The company has become a primary platform for just such an alliance: totalitarianism, but with stock options. The stock isn’t even worth that much, relatively speaking. On the day of Twitter’s initial public offering, in 2013, shares closed at $44.90. On January 28, they closed at $51.57. That’s an increase of about 1.9 percent per year—barely more than the rate of inflation. Facebook has nearly sextupled over that period. Even the New York Times Company, once thought doomed by the rise of social media,…

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all work, no pay

“It’s been the most isolating time of my life.” JENNIFER SANCHEZ 42, Las Vegas, flight attendant ► I was a flight attendant on the private jets. I loved it. It was an adventure. From one day to the next, everything changed. I was laid off, so suddenly I was stuck at home with my dog. I didn’t cope well. I didn’t eat. I slept a lot. I was so bored. I started to clean out my closet, reorganize everything. I was like, Okay, maybe I can actually make some money off of this. I started selling stuff on eBay: handbags, shoes, coats, blazers, jeans—tons of jeans. It helped me out. It’s not a huge influx of money, but it’s been a little bonus. All you see when you’re living off savings is…