NYT Mag Debuts 2016 “New York” Issue, VR Film Climbing Spire of 1 WTC


The New York Times Magazine debuted its special New York issue with this year’s theme of “New York at 800 Feet and Above,” featuring incredible photographs from some of the tallest buildings in the city as well as a new VR experience about climbing the spire of 1 World Trade Center, and more.

Nyt mag debuts 2016 "new york" issue, vr film climbing spire of 1 wtc

The magazine also turned the entire issue (including the crossword puzzle and all the advertisements) on its side to create a 17.875-inch-tall page that can be read like a calendar.

The special issue, for which a new font was created to highlight its vertical appearance, features:

  • An interactive map of Manhattan’s super-tall buildings
  • An essay by Michael Kimmelman on the socioeconomic impact of a city that continues to build higher and higher
  • Who actually lives at 800 feet and above? It turns out only a few dozen people in the entire city enjoy this privilege. Jon Ronson interviews some of them
  • Helen MacDonald, author of “H is for Hawk,” examining biological life in Manhattan’s aerie
  • Portraits of construction workers who labor daily on top of some of the city’s tallest buildings, photographed by Jack Davison, some with audio interviews online
  • Gareth Cook on the physics of the wind at high altitudes, and how architects and engineers deal with it
  • Photographs of people taking selfies on various observation decks around the city, with a short essay by Sam Anderson
  • Susan Dominus on life in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza
  • Photographs by renowned photographer Thomas Struth of some of Manhattan’s tallest buildings