Climate change is putting more poop in New York’s waters (Curbed)

The big-hearted influence of @NewYorkNico (GQ)

‘I literally had no one.’ Then the foster kittens arrived. (The New York Times)

Can the ‘melting pot’ of  humanity survive this? (The New York Times)

The New York City school that’s hosting a quarantine-friendly Masked Singer (Vulture)

They started a karaoke club in their house because the internet wanted it (The New York Times)

The transformation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (The National)

I also write a newsletter, Fun City, about New York past and present. It’s currently on hiatus, but check out the archive here!

A vaccinated New Jersey retirement community is living out your post-pandemic dreams (INSIDER)

How horny will a post-vaccine summer really be? (Vox’s The Goods)

How Santas are handling a pandemic Christmas season (Vox’s The Goods)

College food pantries have grown exponentially in recent years, an attempt to address rising food insecurity. What happens when campus is closed? (The Counter)

These doctors are honoring every fallen health-care worker by creating an ‘electronic graveyard’ (The Lily)

People are getting coronavirus-themed tattoos of nurses, masks, and toilet paper as they deal with pandemic trauma (INSIDER)

The coronavirus is forcing Americans to reckon with death like never before (INSIDER)

Dogs of the Bidenverse (JSTOR Daily)

How America became obsessed with horses (Smithsonian)

How tear gas became a staple of American law enforcement (JSTOR Daily)

How to dig into the history of your city, town, or neighborhood (Atlas Obscura)

How a globemaker navigates a digital world (Atlas Obscura)

Culture & celebrity
Ramy Youssef embraces his upbringing in his Hulu comedy (Hemispheres)

Lena Waithe writes the truth (Rhapsody)

Choreographer Michelle Dorrance champions tap dancing’s overlooked innovators (The National)

Hilton Als pays tribute to Edna Lewis with a new play (The National)

Travel & food
Three perfect days: Wyoming (Hemispheres)

How to do Amsterdam the sustainable way (Hemispheres)

Fashion & Design
The hardest working woman in fashion: At 96, “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel shows no signs of slowing down (Rhapsody)

Feast your eyes: These designers are changing the face of cafés in Brooklyn and beyond (Hemispheres)

How fashion designer Natalie Chanin has spurred a mini-revival of the textile industry in Florence, Alabama (The National)

How to win in Small Claims Court (The Billfold)

The Chalet on 52nd Street (Lucky Peach)

Interview with my mom, the Olympian who wasn’t (The Hairpin)