May 7, 2012

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Home Design Spring 2012

How Hollywood lives in (and around) a city where the only canyons are manmade. Starring the homes of Chloë Sevigny, Angela Lansbury, Greta Gerwig, Zach Braff, Whoopi Goldberg, Stella Schnabel, and Paul Feig. Plus: the former haunts of Brando, Bancroft, Minnelli, Fonda, and more. By Wendy Goodman. Photographs by François Dischinger

On the Cover: Chloë Sevigny at home. Photograph by François Dischinger for New York Magazine. Styling by Benjamin Sturgill. Market by Jenny Kang. Hair by Ashley Javier. Makeup by Daniel Martin. Prop styling by Matt Powell. Ortensia Euro pillow shams and Antonia duvet cover by Olatz.


The Red Flag in the Flowerpot

Searching through the personal archives of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward’s former assistant found evidence that a few key details of the Watergate story might not have added up—even, or especially, to Bradlee. By Jeff Himmelman

Who Is the Author of Toni Morrison?

The novelist known as Toni Morrison—née Chloe Wofford—has won a Nobel and a Pulitzer, but at 81, she’s still striving to prove once and for all that she deserves her place in the literary pantheon. By Boris Kachka

The Legendary Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin congressman has been hailed by the Beltway Establishment as an honest broker bent on slashing waste from the federal budget. But a close reading of Paul Ryan’s record reveals a very different reality. By Jonathan Chait


Beware Falling Objects

In a city full of air conditioners hanging out of windows twenty stories up, the pedestrian is ever at risk of being bonked from above.

The Run-Ray-Run Runaround

The many winners of a merely rumored Kelly mayoral campaign.

Young Trees in a Hurry

Arboreal bragging rights.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Cloudy Thinking

Music fandom gets rewired.

210 Minutes With Jennifer Tilly

At the poker table—the $10,000 buy-in table—with the actress turned cardsharp.


Irabu All Over Again?

Fortunately for Yankees fans, Hiroki Kuroda is nothing like his Japanese predecessor.


Best Bets

Prepara’s ice cream scoop, portable Bonfire logs, and more.

The Look Book

“It’s aquamarine. That’s the color that was on the dye bottle.”

The Restaurant Review

Atera’s ingredients seem plucked from nature, but appearances are deceiving.

In Season

The stinging nettle takes its name from its deceptively innocent-looking leaves harboring dozens of tiny needles.

Culture Clash

A Frenchman, a Greek, and a Turk walk into a conference room to rank New York–made Greek yogurts. Spoons, predictably, fly.

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Newt Gingrich, Founding Father

His campaign was a disaster—but the GOP is still his party.

Succession Failure

The real cost of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.

We are the ???

Occupy’s identity crisis.

Clarification: Superhero Movie or Kosher Dog Food?

A look at The Avengers.

The Young and the Damned

I Wish, Girl in Progress, and a pair of other movies in which kids can’t catch a break.

Silicon Valley Is Allergic to Slicked-Back Hair

Lessons from Wall Street’s Facebook courtship.

The Zuckerbergs of Dobbs Ferry

The social network did not fall far from the tree.

The Mooch Is His Own Aflac Duck

Anthony Scaramucci helps the medium-rich invest in hedge funds. Attracting clients takes some creative effort.

No, Facebook Has Not Already Peaked

The right way to read its future.

The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man

Incredibly, Mark Zuckerberg has grown up to become an ace CEO—one whose way of thinking might drive Wall Street nuts.

63 Minutes With Gilbert & George

A greasy-spoon breakfast with the “living sculpture” duo.

The Big Gulp

How 7-Eleven plans to put the bodega out of business.

“I Want to Be Like Jesus.”

Cornel West is a self-proclaimed prophet who believes in the virtues of love and justice. But in his own life, he can’t seem to find either.


Ramps may be the first to arrive at the party, but nothing says spring is in the air like asparagus.

Hot Pockets

Two downtown sandwich spinoffs leave the bread oven behind.

Comments: Week of May 14, 2012

Readers sound off on Paul Ryan, Ben Bradlee, and more.

Part-Time Alchemist

In his new opera, Blur’s Damon Albarn channels Queen Elizabeth’s angel whisperer.

New Stuff

Nesting utensils, a convertible coffee table, and more new stuff in New York stores.

Nolita’s Democratic Import

Opening this Thursday, Dalaga’s second store will bring accessible style to Nolita.

Robert Levithan, Psychotherapist and Writer

“Our culture has the idea that people have a shelf life. You can be in your sixties and have a lot of fun.”

The Best Bet

The Vapur anti-bottle is sturdy when full, but rolls or folds flat when empty.

When the House Is the Yard

At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, landscape architecture mingles with the steel-and-glass kind.

A Cookie With a Salty Side

Brenna White's chocolate chip cookies at Smile to Go.


The Theater Review

Nice Work If You Can Get It and Matthew Broderick are de-lovely.

The Theater Review

Ghost: The Musical is technically impressive, and musically silly.

The Theater Review

The Lyons is rare small play that weathers a transfer to the theater district unchanged.

The Theater Review

A lot of admiration for an unorthodox Streetcar Named Desire.

The Theater Review

The dialogue is smart and sharp enough, but The Columnist feels oddly evasive.

The Theater Review

Leap of Faith vaults over a chasm of skepticism—and stops precisely three quarters of the way across.

The Theater Review

Don’t bother with Don’t Dress for Dinner.

Kvelling in Their Seats

A first-time producer on what it took to stage Old Jews Telling Jokes.

The Book Review

Our body clocks have social jet lag. And it’s making most of us a little crazy.

The Movie Review

Joss Whedon joins forces with seven comic-book heroes in The Avengers.


Mystery Meat No Longer

International Meats Local, billed as the “first sustainable street meat event,” opens May 6.


Comments: Week of May 7, 2012

Readers sound off on “How to Make It in the Art World,” conservative political donors, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 7, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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