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The New Yorker reveals their latest cover by Bruce McCall

Tuesday 01 November 2016
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Canadian illustrator Bruce McCall has designed the latest cover of The New Yorker. His 13th cover for the magazine features a gigantic, mostly glass skyscraper looming over the city against a beautiful sunset. A plane hovers over the city, seemingly lower than the building in the foreground. People can be seen inside the glass building watching huge television screens.

The illustration explores McCall’s dissatisfaction with rising skylines in New York, where he lives in the Upper West Side. “All the new high-rises along the Williamsburg side of the East River, aimed at the sunset, are thrilling to live in, I’m sure,” McCall commented, “But they will help turn Williamsburg into a seedy Brooklyn version of Second Avenue. Combined with the loss of the L train, this is a blow to a vibrant young culture and another threat to civilized middle-class living anywhere near the city,” conveying his worries about this kind of development in the city.

The New Yorker also shared a slideshow on their website of McCall’s past New Yorker covers, which the magazine’s art editor Françoise Mouly describes as expressing “both his discontent and his love for the city.”