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September 24, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Real Estate Report 2007

The city’s real-estate market is unlike every other market in America. Until it isn’t. Evaluating the arguments for New York’s exceptionalism, including year-by-year best- and worst-case scenarios. Plus: A neighborhood-by-neighborhood vulnerability analysis.

Features

How Edward Mapplethorpe Got His Name Back

Before his first show in years, the artist formerly known as Edward Maxey discusses his long struggle with the personal and professional legacy of his brother Robert.

Exorcising the Dodgers

Legend has it that the Dodgers’ 1957 flight to the West Coast marked the end of the real Brooklyn, and there are powerful reasons the memory of Ebbets Field has had such a hold on the city. But after 50 years of soaking in New York’s most enduring nostalgia bath, it’s time for us to get out of the water.

Intelligencer

You Look So Thin, Darling!

Ex-chub Met pitches for Weight Watchers.

A Fashion Week Bicycle Thief

Stylist snags Rowley’s wheels.

Racial Stereotypes As Art (Or Not?)

Booted from edgy gallery.

Tasteless Aussie in Tasteful Newsroom

Panic at Wall Street Journal.

Brooke Astor Did Not Have Bugs

Her office passed a P.I. sweep.

It Happened Last Week

The sixth anniversary of 9/11 came and went, with what has come to pass for normality on the city’s darkest date.

Pack Up Your Pasties: Soon There May Be No Mo Pitkin’s

L.E.S. weirdo performance space turns out to be less durable than Sardi’s.

Censo(red)

No health insurance? Wear a T-shirt with the familiar red logo.

On the Line

Why juicy, high-profile sexual-harassment cases aren’t good for feminists.

Coq au Sin

People for the kosher treatment of chickens force change in Orthodox High Holiday practice.

Columns

The Power Grid

How Mark Penn built Hillary’s lead with nostalgia for Bill.

Strategist

Best Bets

A grass-scented candle and other autumnal products.

Tested: Urban Mobility Biomega Bike by Puma

Though its sneaker-brand provenance and Transformers gimmick hurt its curb cred, the bike won me over.

Shop News

New store openings this week.

Taste Test: Gum

Sorting through the gooey proliferation of chewing gum.

Look Book

Meeting the tribes of Union Square.

Restaurant Review

Lightweight Chinese from Ian Schrager.

In Season

Is it just coincidence that the appearance of tart, lemony tomatillos at Greenmarket coincides with the beginning of football season?

Restaurant Openings

Week of September 24, 2007: Bobo, Tokyo Bar, and Fiamma.

Trendlet: A Micro Wave

The latest in fancy popcorn.

Secret Ingredient: Honey Grayz

In preparation for the opening of his new restaurant, Gray Kunz raids D’Agostino’s?

At the Greenmarket: The Curious Case of the Tiny Cucumber

Is it an exceptionally small cucumber or the world’s cutest watermelon? That’s the vexing question on the minds of visitors to the Windfall Farm stand at the Union Square Greenmarket these days.

CULTURE

Casey at the Bat

Who would’ve guessed that a movie directed by Ben Affleck would make Casey Affleck a star?

The Movie Review

Sean Penn dives entertainingly into the wilderness.

How Ang Lee Earned His NC-17

Why Ang Lee believed he had to go NC-17.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

Quick looks at new fiction from Paul Theroux, Irvine Welsh, and others.

How to Rebuild the Guggenheim

Thomas Krens’s tasteless and morally compromised plan for a new Guggenheim.

Who Should Get the Job?

Hiring a new director for the Guggenheim will be tricky.

The Theater Review

The Ian McKellen double bill at BAM.

Bruiser: Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) is everywhere. He talked with Boris Kachka about typecasting, politics, and getting mugged.

The Classical Music Review

Toni Morrison’s opera finally makes it to New York.

Influences: Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe on the favorite movies and music of his youth.

The TV Review

Fall shows embrace the fantastic and supernatural.

Clarification

British sci-fi spinoff or high-quality dinnerware?

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 24, 2007

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

The Week

Memento Mori

In Chelsea, things grow darker well before daylight saving time ends.

The List: Dance Dance Revolution

Three entirely diverse opportunities to rock out en famille.

Grape Expectations

September brings a harvest of wine events.

The Chosen Events

For the High Holidays, a pair of talks about Jewish identity.

Departments

Comments: September 24, 2007

Readers sound off on Manny Howard, Col Allan, and more.

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