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Q. Sakamaki / Redux

An installation at the recently opened New Museum of Contemporary Art

New York City has high taxes, infernal traffic and a perennial parking crisis. So why do people live there? One reason — one of the big ones — is that it's possible in Manhattan to have a week like this:

In the space of a single seven-day period in mid-January, I paid a final visit to an exhibition of Seurat's drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, took two children there the next day to see a show by the sculptor Martin Puryear, attended the opening night of Wagner's Die Walkure at...

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