Wel­com­ing Curbed

New York Magazine - - FROM THE ED­I­TORS -

when new york mag­a­zine was founded in 1968, its ab­so­lute fo­cus was New York City life: its pol­i­tics, ac­cents, art, so­cial dy­nam­ics, and best lo mein. In 2020, the mag­a­zine still has New York City at its cen­ter—but the purview has ex­panded to the en­tire coun­try, if not the world. New York’s on­line cov­er­age of the specifics of city life has, in re­cent years, been dis­trib­uted across its web­sites; so has its writ­ing on ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban­ism, real es­tate, and de­sign. Now, you’ll be read­ing a lot more of it on Curbed.

This week, the pi­o­neer­ing web­site Curbed is join­ing New York as our home for cov­er­age of cities and city life. We can’t imag­ine a bet­ter fit. For al­most 16 years, we at New York have watched as Curbed doc­u­mented, with wit and ob­ses­sion and style, the chang­ing shape of the phys­i­cal city. Curbed be­gan as a tiny blog, sa­vor­ing ev­ery de­li­cious morsel of lo­cal de­vel­op­ment news and gos­sip at a time when New York, like so many cities, was be­ing rapidly trans­formed. The site ex­panded in its am­bi­tion—and its bor­ders na­tion­ally. In 2013, Curbed be­came a part of Vox Me­dia, the com­pany that also owns New York. And for the past six months, Curbed’s ed­i­tors and writ­ers have been work­ing with the New York edi­to­rial team—and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with de­sign, prod­uct, and tech­nol­ogy—to build the site’s next chap­ter as part of the larger mag­a­zine.

Like New York, Curbed will be based in New York City and largely fo­cused on the city’s ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign, neigh­bor­hoods and char­ac­ters, real es­tate and pol­icy, power bro­kers and rab­ble-rousers. But Curbed will also con­tinue to reach na­tion­ally, div­ing into the lively, ur­gent con­ver­sa­tion about what cities can be­come in a time of rapid change. Amer­i­can cities are fac­ing a com­bi­na­tion of crises from the fis­cal to the ex­is­ten­tial; at the same time, they are a stage on which our po­lit­i­cal con­flicts are be­ing de­bated and op­pos­ing vi­sions of the fu­ture tested. Look to Curbed for re­port­ing, crit­i­cism, anal­y­sis, and provo­ca­tion. And we hope it will be the sharpest eyes on the realestate mar­ket as well as a place of play­ful but unerring good taste.

The “De­sign Hunt­ing” sec­tion of Curbed is the new home of New York’s de­sign edi­tor, Wendy Good­man. As she has done for decades in th­ese pages (see p.62), she’ll be un­earthing the min­i­mal­ist, max­i­mal­ist, and ev­ery­thing-in-be­tween­est apart­ments and houses of the most in­ter­est­ing peo­ple imag­in­able. “De­sign

Hunt­ing” will also high­light the ideas, peo­ple, and ob­jects shap­ing the de­sign world, led by writer Diana Budds.

And, of course, we’ll show you where to live next—or just where to imag­ine you might move. You’ll find this in “the Real Es­tate,” which will be pop­u­lated with prac­ti­cal listings, mar­ket insight, and an eye to­ward the oc­ca­sion­ally ba­nanas, over­seen by Jenny Xie. We also in­tend to check in reg­u­larly on other ur­ban real-es­tate mar­kets of in­ter­est to our read­ers, ei­ther to sniff out a par­tic­u­larly good deal—or when­ever writer Me­gan Bar­ber no­tices a Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale that might make you con­sider mov­ing to Wis­con­sin.

In the “Cor­ner Shop” sec­tion, you’ll see a care­fully cho­sen set of home goods, cre­ated along­side ed­i­tors of the Strate­gist.

“Cityscape” will con­tain news and anal­y­sis. New York’s ar­chi­tec­ture critic, Justin Davidson (see p.50), will join Curbed’s ur­ban­ism edi­tor Alissa Walker, data re­porter Jeff An­drews, and staff writ­ers Va­le­ria Ric­ci­ulli and Caro­line Spi­vack as they set out to ex­plain the work­ings of cities, where peo­ple with money and power (and those with not much money and not much power) fight it out—and even, some­times, work to­gether.

It wouldn’t be a site about New York with­out a lot of New York­ers, and we’re ex­cited to be mov­ing New York’s “Look Book” to Curbed to zero in on a spe­cific slice of the city’s pop­u­la­tion, whether it be postal work­ers in Queens, first-year stu­dents at Juil­liard, or a stoop sale in Bed-Stuy (see p.59).

And, fi­nally, Curbed will have a new de­sign. Its so­phis­ti­cated and slightly mis­chievous lay­out is meant to fol­low a grid but also echo el­e­ments of the dy­namic city ex­pe­ri­ence. The new Curbed logo cre­ates—as our late co-founder Mil­ton Glaser would say—a “small puz­zle.” The stacked letters sug­gest a build­ing. Or is it a city seen from above? Or maybe it’s a park, or a poster plas­tered onto a con­struc­tion site.

What else? We couldn’t be­gin to tell you. Cities are al­ways evolv­ing, and Curbed will be too. It’ ll live and breathe New York dur­ing the city’s most crit­i­cal time in decades. We’ll be chron­i­cling this ex­tra­or­di­nary Amer­i­can story as it pulses through our streets—and changes them. ■

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