Canadian illustrator Bruce
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.”