City & State’s best covers of 2019

These political upstarts made one of the best covers of the year.
These political upstarts made one of the best covers of the year.
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These political upstarts made one of the best covers of the year.

City & State’s best covers of 2019

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December 26, 2019

As the one and only weekly magazine focused exclusively on New York politics, we take pride in our eye-catching covers. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson as a cat? Ride-hailing cars writing “asshole?” Gov. Andrew Cuomo in drag? We’ve done it all in 2019.

So at the end of his first full year as City & State’s art director, we asked Andrew Horton about his favorite covers.

The Exorcists (Jan. 21)

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The Exorcists, City & State's Jan. 21 cover.
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The Exorcists, City & State's Jan. 21 cover.
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The Exorcists, City & State's Jan. 21 cover.
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The Exorcists, City & State's Jan. 21 cover.
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The Exorcists, City & State's Jan. 21 cover.
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“If any organization has worse publicity than Albany lawmakers, it’s the Catholic Church. This is a riff on the poster for the 1973 movie “The Exorcist,” which has a priest standing outside the house of Linda Blair in stark lighting. That is a stained glass window from a church in Europe.”

Cuomo as Thanos (April 29)

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Cuomo as Thanos, City & State's April 29th cover.
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Cuomo as Thanos, City & State's April 29th cover.
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Cuomo as Thanos, City & State's April 29th cover.
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Cuomo as Thanos, City & State's April 29th cover.
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Cuomo as Thanos, City & State's April 29th cover.
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(City & State Senior Graphic Designer) Alex (Law) did that (cover). It took him about three days. Someone had drawn a typeface that resembled the Avengers logo, so we had to track that down online as well. It just came out at the right time, because the power list coincided with the movie becoming the No. 1 movie in the world.”

Ruben Diaz Jr.: Son of a Preacher Man (Sept. 16)

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Ruben Diaz Jr., City & State's Sept. 16th cover.
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Ruben Diaz Jr., City & State's Sept. 16th cover.
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Ruben Diaz Jr., City & State's Sept. 16th cover.
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Ruben Diaz Jr., City & State's Sept. 16th cover.
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Ruben Diaz Jr., City & State's Sept. 16th cover.
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“The smirk is great. You try to portray politicians as real people in portraiture, and it’s increasingly difficult because they’re media paranoid. That captures Diaz, and has a sly wit to it.”

The Least Powerful Man in New York (Sept. 30)

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Bill de Blasio, City & State's Sept. 30th cover.
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Bill de Blasio, City & State's Sept. 30th cover.
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Bill de Blasio, City & State's Sept. 30th cover.
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Bill de Blasio, City & State's Sept. 30th cover.
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Bill de Blasio, City & State's Sept. 30th cover.
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“It is not hard to find photos of (New York City Mayor Bill) de Blasio looking dorky. It’s actually very difficult to find photos of de Blasio looking presidential, let along mayoral, because he’s such a doofus. Everything about him is so outsized. Everything about this cover looks dumb. It’s a shockingly stupid cover. Dumb works sometimes.”

The Upstarts (Nov. 11)

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The Upstarts, City & State's Nov. 11th cover.
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The Upstarts, City & State's Nov. 11th cover.
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The Upstarts, City & State's Nov. 11th cover.
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The Upstarts, City & State's Nov. 11th cover.
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The Upstarts, City & State's Nov. 11th cover.
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“We could have put any of the six (congressional candidates) on the cover, and they would have looked like New York City. They looked like a great representation: nonhomogenized personalities. Who knows whether or not they’re going to succeed, but it’s nice to capture them at the beginning of a potential political career.”

OK Bloomer (Nov. 25)

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OK Bloomer, City & State's Nov. 25th cover.
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OK Bloomer, City & State's Nov. 25th cover.
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OK Bloomer, City & State's Nov. 25th cover.
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OK Bloomer, City & State's Nov. 25th cover.
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OK Bloomer, City & State's Nov. 25th cover.
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“I think I saw someone online use the headline “OK Bloomberg,” which is fine, but it doesn’t quite reach the level of the meme’s snappiness. Sometimes the universe just gifts you with the perfect phrase for the moment, and everything about the “OK boomer” meme – suggesting that they’re out of touch and control too much money – that’s Bloomberg!”

Jeff Coltin
is a senior reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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