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2020-12-21 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine

Avenue's Year in Review: Our Best Long Reads of 2020

Avenue's Year in Review: Our Best Long Reads of 2020

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but some stories are too engaging to dispense with in the length of a tweet. Please settle in and enjoy this selection of our best long reads of the year.

The World According to Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi
Photos by Kristian Schuller/Blaublut Editions

Over the summer, Lakshmi spoke to Avenue about how she was handling lockdown, and Taste the Nation, her new documentary series on Hulu exploring America’s rich regional culture food. Read the full story.

Trans Fabulous Socialites

Gigi Gorgeous
Photo by BFA

From Gigi Gorgeous to Sophia Hutchins, meet the successful women who are reinventing what it means to be trans in business and society. Read the full story.

Spousal Distancing: How Affairs Have Survived Lockdown

Illustration by Nicole Rifkin

Conducting extramarital affairs became more difficult, but not impossible, during quarantine. Avenue discovered how adulterers got creative. Read the full story.

Fashionable Harlem: Building on the Cultural Capital’s Rich Legacy

Models on the runway during the TOMMYNOW Fall 2019 fashion show at The Apollo Theater
Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger

From arts and culture, to music, food, and fashion, read Constance C.R. White’s deep-dive into the rich history — and exciting future — of Harlem. Read the full story.

Inside the Costume Drama That Inspired This Year’s Met Gala Exhibit

Met Gala 2020
Tilda Swinton in Orlando Photo by Alamy Stock Photo

Ahead of the opening of About Time: Fashion and Duration, Catherine St Germans explored the film and book that inspired the show. Read the full story.

The Next Wives’ Club

Illustration by Alicia Pompei

That ring on your finger doesn’t mean you can relax. Lisa Marsh investigates how to spot — and thwart — the women coming for your husband. Read the full story.

The Hamptons’ Long History as a Hub of Black Culture

Russell Simmons, Lennox Lewis, Sean Combs, LL Cool J, and Rev. Al Sharpton attend Combs’s annual White Party in the Hamptons in 2004
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Over the summer, Delaina Dixon explored how the East End’s Black history is a thread that connects pioneering entrepreneurs such as Emanuel Seymour and B. Smith with modern business and cultural leaders such as Dick Parsons, Colson Whitehead, and Jay Z. Read the full story.

When Dynasties Divide

Illustration by Mike McQuade

And you thought holiday dinners with your family were stressful… Shinan Govani explored plutocratic family feuds, which increasingly play out as messy public spectacles — and we can’t look away. Read the full story.

The Hot New Trend on the Upper East Side? Witchcraft

Illustration by Nicolas Ortega

For a growing number of fashionable young people, being a witch isn’t just for Halloween. Mike Albo investigated the occult on the Upper East Side. Read the full story.

Leading NYC Fertility Specialist Sees Interest Spike Amid Covid

Illustration by Ricardo Santos. Photo by Paloma Sendrey

New Yorkers had babies on the brain this year. Shivani Vora learned more from Dr. Brian Levine of CCRM, one of New York’s leading fertility practices. Read the full story.

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