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Kehlani performing at Governors Ball 2017
Kehlani performing at Governors Ball 2017 | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
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12 Portraits From 12 Months in New York City

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Updated: 21 December 2017
For more on the year’s cultural happenings, check out some more of our 2017 In Review round-ups.

New York City is a place full of faces. There are the ones too close for comfort on the L train, the ones turned upward and blocking traffic in Times Square, the ones you meet for brunch on Saturdays and the ones that make up the rest of the 8.5 million people who call the city home. Starting with December 2016, here’s a look at some the faces Culture Trip has showcased over the past year.

December 2016—Cocktail-inspired cocktail dresses

A Manhattan-inspired look, photographed in Brooklyn
A Manhattan-inspired look, photographed in Brooklyn | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

There are few better ways to end the year than with a drink perfectly tailored to your outfit. Fashion editor Jill Di Donato partnered up with bartenders from The Topaz in Brooklyn to create an array of looks inspired by your favorite holiday spirits.

January—The men of professional bull riding

Alex Cardozo before the second day of PBR
Alex Cardozo before the second day of PBR | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

During the first substantially snowy weekend in New York City, hundreds of cowboys and their fans transformed Madison Square Garden into a high-stakes dirt patch. Professional Bull Riders descended upon the pinnacle of New York City sporting arenas for PBR Buckoff, a traveling competition which brings a bit of rodeo culture to numerous cities around the world.

February—Winter fashion week with Músed

The designer Lindsay Jones gets touched up before the show
The designer Lindsay Jones gets touched up before the show | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Walking down a normal sidewalk can sometimes feel intimating in the high fashion, well-groomed world of New York City and the ante is upped twice a year during Fashion Week. This February, Músed creator Lindsey Jones put her winter collection on display at her show in Chelsea’s Soho Arts Club.

March—Hypnosis at Maha Rose

Shauna Cummins stands inside the front room of Maha Rose
Shauna Cummins stands inside the front room of Maha Rose | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Sometimes the best help comes from within. In early spring, wellness editor Esme Benjamin spoke with clinical hypnosis practitioner Shauna Cummins at Maha Rose about how hypnotism can be the best self-help tool.

April—Jack Lowden

Jack Lowden | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
Jack Lowden at a press event for Tommy’s Honour | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Jack Lowden may not be a name you recognize now, but is one you will surely know soon. With the lead part in Tommy’s Honour (2016), a role in the hit Dunkirk (2017) and cast as the star of a Morrissey biopic, the 27-year-old Scottish actor shows no signs of slowing down. Film editor Graham Fuller sat down with Lowden before the premiere of Tommy’s Honour.

May—The ladies of Spark Pretty

Amanda Dolan and Meagan Colby pose in front of their Spark Pretty ’90s pop up shop
Amanda Dolan and Meagan Colby pose in front of their Spark Pretty ’90s pop up shop | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

If ever there was a time when nostalgia as a form of escape was warranted, it was the year 2017. Stylists Amanda Dolan and Meagan Colby brought back all of the ’90s glory in retail form, with the launch of Spark Pretty this past spring.

June—Lorde

Lorde casted spells on the crowd at Governors Ball 2017
Lorde casted spells on the crowd at Governors Ball 2017 | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Lorde—who has topped many of the end-of-year best album lists in recent days— kicked off New York City’s summer festival season this year at Governors Ball 2017.

July—A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest at Panorama 2017 | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
A Tribe Called Quest performing at Panorama 2017 | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

A Tribe Called Quest had jaws dropping when they announced that their performance at Panorama 2017 would be their last one in the city.

August—Maya and Marcus Samuelsson

Maya and Marcus Samuel in the kitchen at Red Rooster
Maya and Marcus Samuel in the kitchen at Red Rooster | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Red Rooster Harlem might be known for its American cuisine, but Chef Marcus Samuelson and his wife Maya Haile decided to take travel editor Nikki Vargas back to their roots for an Ethiopian-focused episode of Hungerlust.

September—Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau at 2017 Global Goals World Cup Final | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau at 2017 Global Goals World Cup Final | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

Could you ask for a better pairing than empowering girls around the world through sport and a cameo by Jaimie Lannister from Game of Thrones? The second Global Goals World Cup Final took place at the Brooklyn Expo Center and featured refereeing by Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

October—This happy pup at the NYC Halloween Dog Parade

Costumed dogs and very happy people filled Tompkins Square for the Halloween Dog Parade | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
Costumed dogs and very happy people filled Tompkins Square for the Halloween Dog Parade | © Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

Sometimes it’s just scary how adorable dogs can be.

November—Yasir Salem

Yasir Salem and the five pound salad he eats daily for lunch
Yasir Salem and the five pound salad he eats daily for lunch | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip

If you ever need inspiration on how to manage all the seemingly desperate things you’re passionate about, look no further than Yasir Salem. A top ultra-endurance competitive eater, Salem spoke with sports editor Michael LoRé about running a marathon every month and his favorite type of doughnut.