Bravo shows like Project Runway and Top Chef are supposed to elevate the reality genre by putting a spotlight on those who actually deserve it. But the programs’ alumni say that meritocratic ideal is just another televised illusion.
How the ghost of Lenny Bruce strong-armed Les Moonves and CBS on behalf of America’s most infamous ex–radio host.
Reckless drivers, bad weather, unconscionable tippers: For New York’s takeout-delivery fleet, some problems are intractable. The radical bicyclists currently striking and filing lawsuits hope that criminal exploitation by employers isn’t one of them.
Tries to get Spitzer and Bruno to get along again. Ayyyy!
Doesn’t blame ex-boyfriend.
YouTubers, NYers similar.
Wrong for Price Is Right.
Nineties time capsule gutted.
Citizens left the city in droves as August began, apparently fleeing the cloud of uncertainty that seemed to have settled over the city.
Not so long ago, it all looked over for Andrew Cuomo. The evolution of a comeback.
A speculative guide to whose stock is up and whose is down at a Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal.
The perils of our bridge-knit metropolis.
Why does Hillary, seemingly the most stoic Democratic candidate, have the most personally devoted staff?
A stoutly starchy dress and other hot buys for hot days.
Noting a triumph of beverage engineering.
San Francisco–based surf shop Mollusk has washed up on Metropolitan Avenue, at River Street, in Williamsburg.
An avowedly bald receptionist.
The East Village’s latest Cuban joint gets the food and the charm.
Slice raw artichokes and toss with lemon, olive oil, and plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano, as in this recipe from Morandi chef Jody Williams.
It wouldn’t be disappointing if Oceana’s newest chef, Ben Pollinger, were a recognizable disciple of his mentor, the driven and passionate Christian Delouvrier.
Week of August 13, 2007: Caminito and Il Torchio.
Posting a sign that says RESTROOMS FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY might get the point across, but it’s not the most subtle method of communication.
Jenni Ferrari-Adler submitted herself to a self-conscious New Yorker’s nightmare: a week of tables for one in some of the city’s most bustling restaurants.
Worst. Rental market. Ever.
Word is he’s found a buyer willing to pay more than $50 million for his Upper East Side townhouse, and Warner Music CEO and Seagram scion Edgar Bronfman Jr. has already found a new home.
The Access Hollywood apartment.
City guides for all city dwellers, from hedonists to cheapskates to 8-year-olds.
Michael Cera brings the comedy of dry wit and vacant staring back to the multiplex.
Matt Damon is thrilling but soulless as Jason Bourne; considering the worldviews of the late Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni.
There’s already a backlash against the J.J. Abrams–produced horror film, Monstrous, which is weird, because not only has the movie not yet come out, but it’s currently still filming on the streets of New York.
With the title 2 Days in Paris, Julie Delpy’s film sounds like another lovely romance. Instead, it’s an acerbic, often-crude comedy that’s so harsh on France, senators may toast it with freedom fries.
Why does Hollywood think that artistic corruption occurs only in Hollywood?
The city’s most spectacular new building is a sewage-treatment plant.
J. K. Rowling knew what her franchise needed—but she didn’t have the courage to do it.
In Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling enacts her late-breaking cop-out via a very long, wise talk between Harry and Dumbledore, whose wisdom has always been a wee bit fortune-cookieish.
William Gibson comes out of cyberspace and starts scanning Union Square.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Two fantastic reasons to visit the Chelsea Art Museum (besides air-conditioning and the lack of crowds in summer, that is).
Fringe Festival, preteen division.
Both of the city’s big summer festivals head to Africa for the evening.
New places to eat and drink on 8th Street’s formerly footwear-fetishizing block.
If you’re heading to the West Village for dinner, think Italian.
August means the Fringe Festival—this time with more than 200 shows debuting all over downtown. Here, five of the most promising.
Readers sound off on Fred Thompson, cheap eats, and more.
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