Five-Year Anniversary: Then & Now

2012 vs. 2017

In September 2012, we launched a brand-new lifestyle and entertainment magazine all about NYC. Since then, we’ve spent five years cataloging the city’s best spaces, places, events, and entertainment. We are proud to be the city’s second highest circulated magazine of our kind, and we want to thank our long- time readers and invite new readers to join us in discovering all that NYC has to o er each month. In this, our fifth anniversary issue, you’ll find the same great content you expect from us, plus: this fun look back at the ways that our amazing city has changed since we first went to press.

1. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg held two titles: mayor and New York’s wealthiest citizen. Now Bill DeBlasio is our mayor and New Yorkers can claim the president among their alums (though not all want to) as well.

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights had closed the previous year, freeing him to write the music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical, which opened in August. Today, he’s better known as an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony award) candidate, but New Yorkers knew even then that he was special.

3. The spire had not yet ascended 1WTC, and the building would not open for another year-plus; today, its observation deck is among the city’s most coveted tickets.

4. Linsanity had swept the city, making believers out of even the most jaded NBA fans. Today, you’re more likely to see t-shirts with Yankees pinstripes and “All Rise” in honor of rookie phenom Aaron Judge.

5. GQ’s Alan Richman named Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare the best restaurant in New York. The restaurant has since moved to Midtown Manhattan – and been dethroned by another hip Brooklyn spot, Aska. (Any bets on how long before they move to the UES??)

6. New York bid for – and failed to secure – the 2012 Olympics, which were ultimately held in London. Commuters were conspicuously not disappointed.

7. Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the East Coast, destroying entire neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island and plunging Manhattan south of 40th Street into a blackout that lasted nearly a week.

8. As a result of the hurricane, the New York City Marathon was cancelled in 2012. This year, 50K+ runners are expected to participate in the beloved annual race.

9. The Book of Mormon continued a run of Broadway dominance as the best-selling show of the year. Today, you might just get tickets – especially if you offer to barter your seats at Hamilton.

10. Skyscraper One57 was still under construction, and a crane partially collapsed, prompting the evacuation of nearby buildings, including Le Parker Meridien hotel. Today, the building houses billionaires like China’s Liu Yiqian, who acquired a 4,500-square-foot 62nd floor unit for $23.5 million.

11. We longed for tables at Bouley, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Fatty Crab, DBGB, and Empellon Cocina. Today, all have shuttered, but now we compete for a reservation at Le Coucou, The Grill, High Street on Hudson, and Atla.

12. NYC owned the James Beard Awards in 2012, with winners for Outstanding Chef (Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park), Outstanding Service (La Grenouille), Outstanding Restaurant Design (Le Bernardin), Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional (Paul Grieco of Terroir), Outstanding Bar Program (PDT), and Rising Star Chef (Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar). In 2017, we took home Best New Restaurant (Le Coucou) and Outstanding Pastry Chef (Ghaya Oliveira at Daniel).

13. Smorgasburg was barely a year old; today, it has off shoots in other cities, bringing Brooklyn’s thriving dining culture to the rest of the country one punk rock flea market at a time.