The New Yorker Festival

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David Remnick and Jonathan Franzen at the New Yorker Festival
“It’s The New Yorker in 3-D, but without the funny glasses,” says David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, of its signature festival. Over the course of a weekend, staff writers and editors from the magazine interview dozens of movie stars, authors, musicians and more. Tickets usually disappear in a blink; if you didn't secure a pass, try your luck at the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves), where last-minute passes for all events will be available two hours prior to each occasion (there will also be a limited amount of tickets at the door one hour before each event). Various locations, times and prices; visit for details.

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Francesca Turchiano

The Festival is great, but the decision to hold some events in deepest Brooklyn and one on Staten Island is not. We've got some $200 in tickets we won't be be to use because of absurd travel times between events - something that could not be calculated in advance of the race to actually secure tickets. Next year, let's go back to one borough, probably Manhattan, where most out-of-state goers take occupancy.