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.
The National Interest: Jonathan Chait • Joe Biden’s Limited Liberal Legacy At the two-year mark, his presidency comes into focus.
Neighborhood News: A Whale Beaches in the Rockaways • Why are so many leviathans washing up on the shore?
135 MINUTES WITH … Jonathan Majors • Everyone seems to be in love with the newest MCU star. But he’s more than a pretty face.
Cityscape: Christopher Bonanos • Why Is the Floor of the Oculus Crumbling? Seven years in, the marble slabs are chipping and flaking. It didn’t have to be this way.
HEAD GAMES • KYRIE IRVING ARRIVED IN BROOKLYN AS A BONA FIDE WEIRDO. FOUR FRUSTRATING SEASONS, ONE ANTISEMITISM SCANDAL, AND ZERO COVID SHOTS LATER, HE LEAVES ON EVEN STRANGER TERMS.
Get Me Risa Heller! • If you’re JEFF ZUCKER or MARIO BATALI or JARED KUSHNER and you’re trying to survive a bout of very bad press, SHE’S THE ONE YOU CALL.
Crime of the Centuries • A network of tomb raiders, crooked art dealers, and museum curators fed M I C HAE L STE I N HAR DT’s addiction to ancient artifacts. Many also happened to be stolen.
A Kitchen Scale Suitable for All Cooks
Best Bets • A COLLECTION OF expert-vetted, spotted-around-town, or otherwise just especially excellent products that recently appeared on thestrategist.com. To shop all these items—plus the kitchen scale—in one place, scan the QR code.
The Best PET-SUPPLY STORES • TO FIND THE SPOTS on this list, we polled dozens of savvy New Yorkers—animal trainers, interior designers, and pet-shrimp owners among them. For more obsessively sourced recommendations, including the best movers, bookstores, and caterers, visit curbed.com.
EMS Training • The FDNY’s newest emergency medical technicians gathered for their final day of instruction at Fort Totten.
Let the Light In • Peter Vits and Zoe Vidali opened up their Noho triplex with a 27-foot-high atrium.
Brooks Headley Loves Every Inch of His Restaurant • The new Superiority Burger is close—he swears.
Via Carota’s Negronis … Without the Wait
Caroline Polachek Loves Mess • For her mucky, bold, feminine new album, the singer gets primal.
Lorraine Hansberry Saw It Coming • Her nearly forgotten play resurfaces at BAM, current as ever.
Can Prestige TV Be a Video Game? • HBO turned The Last of Us into unmissable television. So why does it feel like something’s missing?
Good One: Marc Maron Joking about his girlfriend’s death was the only way to process it.
CRITICS • Craig Jenkins on Raven … Jackson McHenry on Pictures From Home … Alison Willmore on Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
To Do • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read. FEBRUARY 15–MARCH 1
THE 60-SECOND BOOK EXCERPT Sink
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.