Cornel West sees himself as much more than a scholar—he’s a champion for social justice, Christian values, and speaking the truth at all costs. But as he departs Princeton for New York’s Union Theological Seminary, he’s more controversial than ever. Does it matter if a prophet doesn’t always practice what he preaches? By Lisa Miller
The bodega is a venerable New York institution, but with 7-Eleven planning to have well over 100 stores in Manhattan by 2017, it could go the way of the pay phone. By Willy Staley
One sign that the economy is no longer completely in the tank: More people are quitting their jobs than at any point since 2008.
His campaign was a disaster—but the GOP is still his party.
The real cost of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Occupy’s identity crisis.
A greasy-spoon breakfast with the “living sculpture” duo.
Anthony Scaramucci helps the medium-rich invest in hedge funds. Attracting clients takes some creative effort.
The Vapur anti-bottle is sturdy when full, but rolls or folds flat when empty.
“Our culture has the idea that people have a shelf life. You can be in your sixties and have a lot of fun.”
San Matteo Panuozzo and Taboonette spinoffs leave the bread oven behind.
Ramps may be the first to arrive at the party, but nothing says spring is in the air like asparagus.
Short, simple dresses—no Spanx required.
Forget Rhinebeck, East Hampton, and Long Beach Island: In these six towns, you actually can get away.
Where does modern art history start? The Met’s predynastic-Egypt show reveals the beginning of everything.
I Wish, Girl in Progress, and a pair of other movies in which kids can’t catch a break.
A look at The Avengers.
In his new opera, Blur’s Damon Albarn channels Queen Elizabeth’s angel whisperer.
At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, landscape architecture mingles with the steel-and-glass kind.
Brenna White's chocolate chip cookies at Smile to Go.
Readers sound off on Paul Ryan, Ben Bradlee, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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