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New York Magazine

October 26 - November 8, 2020

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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in this issue

3 min.
covid diaries: prospect park is the (only) place to be

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.: A Wedding on the Long Meadow MING CHANG AND NAOYA HAYASHI “We didn’t want to wait to get married until the pandemic was over, because who knows when that will be. When the reverend made the pronouncement at the end, a lot of people sitting in the grass nearby clapped. It was really sweet.” —Ming Chang Sunday, 2 p.m.: A Weekly Cookout by the Bandshell JEN ROBERTON “I’ve got some merguez sausages going and some kefta. I barely knew how to do this in the beginning. The first time I tried to light it up, it didn’t work, and my boss was here. It was really embarrassing. But at this point, it seems to be doing what it has to do, which is good.” Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: A Nap by Prospect Park Lake AMAL…

6 min.
the system : zak cheney-rice

TO UNDERSTAND THE SUBURBS as imagined by Donald Trump and Joe Biden, you first have to understand that neither of them is really talking about the suburbs. They are talking about segregation. “Suburbs are by and large integrated,” Biden claimed at the first presidential debate in Ohio. He was responding to Trump’s warning that the “suburbs would be gone” under a Biden presidency, crushed under the weight of “problems like you’ve never seen before.” Trump’s evocation of suburban decline has become a theme of his reelection campaign. As his job-approval ratings have fallen and Biden maintains a healthy lead over him in national polls, the president has found himself grasping for proof that the foundational pitch of his presidency still has merit—that he’s the only candidate who can guarantee safety…

4 min.
curbed : christopher bonanos

THE DATE WAS APRIL 20, 1978. The scene: the Great Hall of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. On the stage sat the Italian modernist Massimo Vignelli and the cartographer John Tauranac, combatants in the Great Subway Map Debate. Six years earlier, Vignelli’s firm had reimagined the New York subway map as a rainbowlike diagram. Tauranac was the head of a committee that had engaged Michael Hertz Associates to re-redraw it. Vignelli’s diagram was a joy to look at and was nearly useless as an aboveground navigation tool; Hertz and Tauranac’s map got you around town pretty well but inspired little delight. By the end of the night, the aesthetes sensed they were going to lose, and indeed Hertz’s practical problem-solving work replaced Vignelli’s the following…

17 min.

ONE AFTERNOON this year, a Washington Republican wove through packs of tourists on the Mall and considered, as he often did, the collapse of America. How would all of this appear from a distance? He looked at the monuments, lucent in the sun, and pictured them disfigured by centuries of neglect and carnage. “Do you ever think about how, 2,000 years from now, people are going to do what we’re doing right now how they do it in the Forum in Rome?” he said. “Unless it’s destroyed, the ruins of the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial”—he gestured over there and over there, where the future ruins would be crawling with Jetsons—“they’ll have their headsets, which will probably be a chip in their brain.” While growing up in a coastal suburb,…

36 min.
wide awake

THE STORY of an awakening must begin with how many had been permitted to sleep in the first place. I often think back to a Saturday Night Live episode from October 2016, which aired after the release of the Access Hollywood tape. Lin-Manuel Miranda was the guest host, and in the cold open, he directed a line from his fanatically beloved musical Hamilton at a photo of Donald Trump, declaring with ferocity, “You’re never gonna be president now.” You could feel viewers, Hamilton fans, Democrats, those who for whatever reasons could still afford to believe in norms or justice, laugh with the giddy conviction that a man who grabbed women against their will could never be president, perhaps forgetting that grabbing women against their will had been a habit of presidents all…

5 min.

On April 30, 2018, nine top executives from T-Mobile checked in to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with their names on a list of VIP arrivals. They landed in Washington at a critical moment: Just the day before, T-Mobile had announced plans for a merger with Sprint. To complete the deal, the company needed approval from the Justice Department, one block away on Pennsylvania Avenue. Hanging out in the lobby in his trademark hot-pink-and-black T-Mobile hoodie, then CEO John Legere was instantly recognizable to hotel guests. His company wasn’t just patronizing the president’s hotel. It was advertising that it was doing so. That evening, in a closed-door suite just off the hotel lobby, a small group of political donors got to have dinner with the president of the United States. The…