One of the things that makes this city so great—and so vibrant, and so frustrating—is its compulsion to re-create itself overnight. Pawnshops become florists that become A-list nightclubs with lines around the block—and even the most plugged-in New Yorker can have trouble keeping up. With our annual “Best of New York” issue, we make the selections so you won’t have to. Plus, in the interest of balance, some of the most overrated, as well.
Eating: From the perfect prix fixe dinner at 360 to Daisy May’s Chili Cart’s soul-satisfying street food
Buying: Searching for cheap Prada bags? Avant-garde gadgets? The cutest doggy sweater?
Nights: Drinks both cheap and swank, dancing, and, yes, smoking: top nocturnal choices in the city that never sleeps
Play: Movieoke, video games, and all manner of classes for adults and kids, from beat-matching to knitting
Vanity: Rock your body: flawless pedicures, hard-core Pilates, and yoga for your children
Help: From spot removal to nude portraiture
Plus, Read the text from the magazine's cover.
Readers sound off on Naomi Wolf, Harold Bloom and sexual misconduct at Yale.
Rafe knockoffs (by Rafe)
Plus: This week's sale listings
Planning the perfect trip to Paris this spring
Richard Ford, Colson Whitehead, Martha Stewart Jurors, Donald Trump, Allen Grubman, Michael Ault
After the discovery of his body, Spalding Gray’s wife talks about what she’ll miss most—and how she had already begun to say good-bye.
Out at Covent Garden, heading for Carnegie Hall.
What really takes place after hours? A close reading of the Sound Factory indictment.
A Brooklyn band gets some very writerly lyrics.
Getting twins into the same school is twice the trouble.
Who else could run Martha Stewart, Inc.?
Rory Kennedy’s new documentary follows a young boy in trouble—a subject the filmmaker finds particularly agonizing now that she’s a mother.
It wasn’t just nepotism that brought down Joel Klein’s deputy, Diana Lam. It was her willingness to make big changes—and bigger enemies.
Howard Stern, voice of liberalism? How Clear Channel radicalized a raunchmeister.
Did former Ladies’ Home Journal editor Myrna Blyth leave her sisters twisted?
When the guy you love has paid for love in the past
An unassuming Williamsburg site goes for megabucks—what’s next?
In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, love fades out, fades in; Dogville merely scrapes by
The Whitney Biennial ditches the gimmicks and finally gets the balance right
Karole Armitage spices up the Cunningham technique; Paul Taylor impresses but fails to innovate
Small Tragedy and Wintertime are crushed by their own excess
Sweeney Todd kills at City Opera; Don Giovanni’s trio of women shine at the Met
HBO serves up a tour of the wild, wild West
Aquavit’s masterful Marcus Samuelsson hits an off note with awkward Asian fusion at Riingo
This week's openings include BLVD and Picnic. Coming soon: Marc Murphy at Landmarc. Plus Gael discovers Dumont, another good reason to visit Brooklyn.
21 Grams, Shattered Glass, The Magdalene Sisters and more are new on DVD.
The New Directors/New Films Festival, which previewed Raising Victor Vargas and My Architect last year, returns.
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