"Like the Nieman Marcus catalog, the Rockettes, and Mannheim Steamroller, the Lunch With The Critics Year-End Awards has become a holiday tradition, beloved and hotly anticipated," write the audacious critics. Lange and Lamster sharpen their critical pencils for a year end review of the stupid and sublime. Here's a sample:
"Marion Barry Award for Civic Responsibility: To Rob Ford, who transformed the often dull business of municipal governance into an R-rated gift that won’t stop giving."
"Unfortunate Design Trend of the Year: In cities worldwide, billionaires forsake estates and classic sixes for supertall luxury tower aeries. This is urbanism?"
"The Man Who Would Be King Award: To Mike Bloomberg. For better and worse, he transformed New York City as no one since Robert Moses. It will be a different place without him."