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Where to Eat 2010

While New Yorkers’ appetite for good food remains unaffected by the economy, our annual survey of must-eats changes with the times. Here, Adam Platt runs down this year’s best spots for splurging on gourmet lobster poêlé or saving on noodles.

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Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster

A candidate whose aides were prepared to block him from becoming president. A wife whose virtuous image was a mirage. A mistress with a video camera. In an excerpt from the new book Game Change—their sweeping account of the 2008 campaign—the authors reveal that, inside the Edwards triangle, nothing was too crazy to be true.

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The Rise of Dog Identity Politics

As the canine becomes more elaborately anthropomorphized, his animal instincts bred out of him, the question of what a dog is has become more perplexing. And—when he is dying at the vet hospital, and his owner has to calculate how much it is worth to keep him alive—more gut-wrenching as well.
By John Homans

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The Junior Meritocracy

Should a child’s fate be sealed by an exam he takes at the age of 4? Why kindergarten-admission tests are worthless, at best.

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The Red Carpet Campaign

The lead-up to the Academy Awards has many of the dynamics of a presidential race (if the entire race took place in a town of about 5,700 people), complete with primaries, insurgencies, make-it-or-break-it speeches, nervous handlers, and cash. And, just like campaigns where something actually important is at stake, nothing matters more than hammering a clear narrative into the minds of the few undecided voters who can sway the election. By Mark Harris

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The Spring Fashion Issue

Half a year ago, designers predicted what we would be wearing a few months from now, when the last remnant of slush has melted and bare toes are imaginable. In this issue, fashion director Harriet Mays Powell anchors those predictions in some ­reality.

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The Raging Septuagenarian

How is Rupert Murdoch, almost 80 years old, dealing with mortality? By trying to take down the world’s most influential newspaper, starting a war with the world’s most powerful tech company, and battling back his own family’s efforts to take control before he’s ready to surrender it.

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Best of New York 2010

Our obsessively vetted annual compendium of where to go for the best of everything — New York’s most estimable food, stores, stress-relief outlets, home services, kid stuff, and places to get (and stay) beautiful. Inside, you’ll find the city’s finest Canadian sandwich, a dance party where you’ll never hear the words “last call,” the boutique with the biggest designer discounts per square inch, a grocery-delivery service that surpasses FreshDirect, and much more.

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The O in Network

Just when Oprah was ready to give up her talk-show throne, a new opportunity presented itself: the chance to launch her own 24-hour channel. But can one work without the other?

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Growing Up Gaga

Was the world’s biggest pop star born or made? Consider the various identities assumed and discarded by Stefani Germanotta, onetime Catholic-school theater chick, on her way to becoming the magnificent “Poker Face” fame-creature that you see today.

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Rachel Uchitel Is Not a Madam

There are fortunes to be made getting celebrities to sit on plush chairs and exchange money for vodka—and those transactions are often the backdrop for more-complicated interactions whose rules and risks have been exposed to a great deal of scrutiny thanks to a certain libidinous golfer.

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April 19, 2010
April 19, 2010

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The Best Places to Live in NYC

Fifty ’hoods from across the five boroughs ranked, considering factors from housing stock to nightlife, by the statistical analyst Nate Silver; the mutual contempt between Williamsburg’s two primary populations; the quest to define, create, and sell a new neighborhood in the middle of Manhattan; and much, much more.

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