New York Stories: The Best Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine share button
Steve Fishman
Format Paperback
Dimensions 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)
Pages 624
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date September 2008
ISBN 9780812979923
Book ISBN 10 0812979923
About Book
The magazine that is the city that is the world

Just in time for its fortieth anniversary, New York magazine presents a stunning collection of some of its best and most influential articles, stories that captured the spectacle, the turbulence, and the cultural realignments of the past four decades.

Covering subjects from “Radical Chic” to Gawker.com, written by some of the country’s most renowned authors, here are works that broke news, perfectly captured the moment, or set trends in motion. In New York Stories, Gloria Steinem (whose Ms. Magazine was introduced in New York) broaches the subject of women’s liberation; Tom Wolfe coins “The Me Decade”; and Steve Fishman piercingly portrays the unwanted martyrdom of the 9/11 widows. Cutting edge features that invented terms like “brat pack” and “grup”; profiles of defining cultural figures including Joe Namath, Truman Capote, and long-shot presidential candidate Bill Clinton; and reports that inspired the acclaimed movies Saturday Night Fever, GoodFellas, and Grey Gardens–all are included in this one-of-a-kind compilation.

The writers who chronicled the times that began with Nixon’s campaign and end with Obama’s are at their best in New York Stories. It’s an irresistible anthology from a magazine that, like the city itself, is still making stars, setting standards, and going strong.


Publishers Weekly

In a delightful foreword, Tom Wolfe hits the ground running with a chronicle of New York Magazine's humble beginnings, as a supplement to The New York Herald Tribune, and its growth, at the hands of fearless editor Clay Felker, to rival the untouchable New Yorker. For the mag's 40th anniversary, the editors have collected some of its most memorable essays, including Mark Jacobsen's 1975 "Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet" (which loosely inspired the television show Taxi, Nik Cohn's Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night and, in turn, the film Saturday Night Fever), two Gloria Steinem essays (including her brilliant 1969 manifesto, "After Black Power, Women's Lib"), and other articles from the likes of Jay McInerney, George Plimpton, Nora Ephron, Joe Klein, and current New York regulars Kurt Anderson and Emily Nussbaum. More recent favorites include Steve Fishman's "The Dead Wives Club, or Char in Love," about a group profile of Staten Island firemen's wives widowed on 9/11, and Mark Jacobson's "The $2,000-an-Hour Woman," a 2005 piece on "America's No. 1 escort" (whose colleague would later bring down Gov. Eliot Spitzer). Highlights abound, including Wolfe's classic 1976 "The 'Me' Decade," which details the yuppy phenomenon's "great religious wave" of narcissistic self-discovery for "dreary little bastards" with money. A pleasure to read, this book will satisfy anyone wishing to reminisce about New York City and the birth of New Journalism.
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Library Journal

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, New York magazine editors Fishman, Adam Moss, and John Homans present the most thought-provoking and culturally influential articles from the past four decades of the magazine. Founded by Clay Felker in 1968, the magazine highlighted life, culture, and politics in New York City and later included American society at large. Felker strived to compete with the prestigious New Yorker as the purveyor of ideas and culture among the Manhattan literati. More edgy and hip than its competitor, New York featured the writings of such notables as Gloria Steinem, Gail Sheehy, and Tom Wolfe. Its influence on popular culture is evident in several selections in this anthology. Nicholas Pileggi's "Wiseguy" and Nik Cohn's "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" became the groundbreaking films Goodfellas and Saturday Night Fever, respectively. This is not just a collection of great stories from the past 40 years; it is a study of the historical and sociological ideas and events that shaped the nation during that time. Highly recommended, especially for larger public libraries and academic libraries.
—Donna Marie Smith