New York City in The New Yorker



Every Monday, to help you navigate our newly unlocked content, we’ll be releasing a themed collection of New Yorker classics. Today, in our New York City Collection, read the harrowing tale of an office worker trapped in an elevator for the weekend, a love letter to the city’s oldest saloon, and the story of a school for teens on Rikers Island.

Illustration by Marcellus Hall.


Early farmers were not just shorter than hunter-gatherers; they were also more sickly. They had worse teeth—one analysis from the Near East suggests that the incidence of cavities jumped sixfold as people started relying on grain—and they suffered from increased rates of anemia and infectious disease. Many now familiar infections—measles, for instance—require high population densities to persist; thus, it wasn’t until people established towns and cities that such ‘crowd epidemic diseases’ could flourish.

Philby’s most significant breach happened during the Second World War, when he conned his way into M.I.6’s document room, and read the agency’s secret file on its intelligence assets in the Soviet Union. He reported what he found directly to Moscow: Britain had no spies in the Soviet Union. His handlers, however, refused to believe him—and Philby’s intelligence coup quickly aroused their suspicion.