In Today’s Observer

I dig into the controversy over the City Council’s decision to subsidize security at only three cultural institutions, the Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and BAM, which has perplexed and angered officials at other leading groups.

Anna Schneider-Mayerson chats with the liberal Democrat who is Karl Rove’s lawyer.

Matt Schuerman profiles Bertha Lewis, noting that Acorn’s chief has gone from being Bruce Ratner’s adversary to being his best friend, and in return won a chance to bring affordable housing to Brooklyn — and a little help balancing her organization’s books.

Jason Horowitz evaluates how two world-class architects, Renzo Piano and Frank Gehry, have developed very different niches in New York.

And do not miss Jessica Bruder’s adventures in the suburban wilderness of her native New Jersey, where she found Ryan Mauro, 19, the self-styled Youngest Hired Geopolitical Analyst in North America. As it turns out, tracking terror is no easy feat. Particularly when you live with your parents.