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Christmas is approaching, under the brushes of Arthur Getz, on the cover of The New Yorker on December 18, 1965. The night sparkles with multiple colours, blue reflections of the night, red of the garlands, yellow of the headlights and the windows of the buildings, green of the puddles on the sidewalks. The night is plural, the work of an artist with an infinite palette, from Soho to Greenwich village, or Chelsea.

Polar cold on the cover of the New Yorker January 13, 2014. Bruce McCall replaces the famous emblematic lions that frame the square in front of the Public Library on 5th Avenue with two polar bears much better suited to the winter temperatures of that winter. Stalactites and an imperturbable snowplow complete the picture of the twilight season. 

An iconic building in New York, the Flatiron Building, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is almost as well known as the Empire State Building. Its singular triangular shape, designed by the architect Daniel Burnham, never ceases to question photographers and designers. On this cover of The New Yorker for April 17, 2017, Harry F Bliss adds a humorous touch with this linen stretched over the most fashionable avenue in the world. 

On January 24, 1970, Charles E. Martin (E.C.M.) offered the New Yorker a unique view of the doors of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side. The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed it to evoke a helical structure.

Two years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Turkish cartoonist Gürbüz Dogan Eksioglu pays homage to the famous twin towers of the World Trade Center. On the cover of the New Yorker of September 15, 2003, in solidarity, he offered a twin to each tower of the city, from the most modest to the most emblematic: Empire State Building, Chrysler Tower... The Skyline splits up to pay tribute to the missing. 

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On the cover of The New Yorker on September 15, 2008, Eric Drooker illustrates an iconic last kiss, before rushing into the subway. This evokes …West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Her and Him, When Harry meets Sally, Love Story, Sex and the City - American cinema has done it well, Paris is not alone, New York is also the city of love.

Breathtaking view of the Chrysler Building and Manhattan's forest of buildings at nightfall. Isn't it said that a cat always finds the best spot? The Chrysler Buildind was inaugurated in 1930, it measures 319m up to its spire and is New Yorkers' favourite skyscraper. Mark Ulriksen honors it on the cover of The New Yorker on January 12, 2009. In 2002, Spider-man was clinging to one of his gargoyles. 

The November 16, 2009 cover shows the night lights between Lexington and 53rd Street and a view of the Chrysler Tower. Lights and streetlights become halos as if blurred by the rain. In a few months of practice, Jorge Colombo has now completely mastered his new finger painting technique with the Brushes phone application. "Something is lost, something is gained"

If New York is the fashion capital of the world, it's because fashion never stops there. Greg Foley shows the paradoxes in this crossroads of fashionistas, on the cover of the style issue of September 21, 2015. A designer that wears many hats, Foley has collaborated on the ultra-trendy "VMagazine" and "Visionaire", but he has also created the children's book series "Merci Petit Ours" (Thank You Little Bear). 

They say a lion never sleeps, even a statue in front of the famous New York Public Library (NYPL). Harry Bliss’s cover of the New Yorker of June 3, 2002, illustrates that the Lion King remains the master and the frightened pigeons just have to land elsewhere. The Public Library is one of the city's flagship structures. The famous American documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman dedicated a documentary to it in 2017: Ex Libris. 

To represent the first election of Barack Obama on the magnetic cover of the New Yorker on November 17, 2008, Bob Staake chose to link it to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, a symbol of the struggle of blacks for their rights. It is here that Martin Luther King gave his famous speech I have a dream on August 28, 1963. The full moon in the W of the New Yorker celebrates liberation, while the reflection of the columns recalls the years of slavery.

Mark Ulriksen designed this coverage in anticipation of the color given to the mythical Empire State Building by CNN on the night of Barack Obama's re-election on November 6th, 2012. That's how many New Yorkers who were without power during the recent Sandy storm learned the election result that night. Had his Republican opponent Mitt Romney been elected, he would have been red. 

Bob Staake has been drawing for The New Yorker since 2006. For the April 27th 2009 cover, he was asked to paint the portrait of a dog... Not just any dog, but Bo, the dog of Sasha and Malia, daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama, the "First" dog of the United States. Alone sitting in the middle of the lawn in front of the glowing white house, Bo also reminds us of the loneliness of her master's power.

Chris Ware is the author of the iconic cover of The New Yorker's October 3, 2005, "Hold Still", on which the iconic clamshell phone offers a mini twin tower to the Empire State Building, between two silhouettes of tanks. Ware is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan, the smartest kid in the world", the only comic strip to have received both the Alph'Art award for best album and the Critics' Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Since 1978, Sempé has designed 101 covers of The New Yorker. For the 20th anniversary of this collaboration, on May 18th, 1998, he landed in Central Park. A young New Yorker couple lying down enjoy the coolness on the lawn of the "Great Lawn". The curve of the trees and the expanse of grass contrast with the saturated verticals of the skyscrapers that surround this place of mythical gatherings and concerts: Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Diana Ross and even John Paul II in 1995. 

"Welcome back Dodgers! " proclaimed the cover designed by Bruce McCall on March 5th, 1994. In 1957, the Dodgers baseball team had moved to Los Angeles, much to the chagrin of its Brooklyn fans and their bar, the Brooklyn Dodger Sports Bar. In the early 90s, when the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to defeat the place of its fetish name, all of Brooklyn became involved in David's fight against Goliath. The little bar will win its revenge in court and keep its name! In the aftermath, McCall's front page lists everything that could become possible in New York: polite taxi drivers, harmony between communities and maintenance workers on every street corner...