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October 29, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Design Revolutionaries

Conversations with some of New York’s greatest living designers, including 100-year-old homeware visionary Eva Zeisel, cross-media impresarios (dishes, furniture, the Bloomingdale’s logo) Massimo and Lella Vignelli, a woman by the name of Martha Stewart, sex-fashion-design-publishing ringmaster Fabien Baron, multicultural craftsman Jack Lenor Larsen, high-tech loft designer Joe D’Urso, classicism evangelist Mario Buatta, and skyline innovator Santiago Calatrava. Plus: A list of 25 more luminaries whose influence is at least as great as the ones we had space to profile.

Features

Unmasking D.B. Cooper

An investigation that started with an unsolicited tip to a Manhattan private eye may have revealed that the only American who ever got away with hijacking an airplane lived the rest of his life just miles from the scene of the crime.

A Woman’s Place?

Why do top female chefs seem to be such a rare breed? We asked a few of them.

Intelligencer

Bosox Ben Bonds With Mets Fans

Affleck gets little flak. But his team ruins his premiere.

Prince Pod Ascending to Neocon Throne

Not feeling Bush’d.

Wannabe Bloomie Has Big Plans

John Catsimatidis wants World’s Fair, SUV.

Is ‘Green’ Builder Durst Dirty Upstate?

Zagats give bad review.

Study Helps You Know Your Roaches

No mint in the morning.

It Happened Last Week

For one week, our left-leaning metropolis tilted slightly to the right.

Gettin’ Business-y

Eating and flirting on America’s next top financial-news channel.

Serrano and the Swedes Disagree

Exhibit bashed art?

Lick or Treat

Will the ever more obsessive annual Tompkins Square canine costume parade lose its urban pedigree?

Columns

The City Politic

Why the Spitzer-Bruno stalemate continues, and how it could end without a total government meltdown.

Strategist

Best Bets

French Halloween costumes and other accoutrements for the scary season.

Owners in Training

After 33 years in retail, Marjorie Stern had a new idea. How about a kids store that sells...careers?

Look Book

A zanily stockinged West Virginian.

Restaurant Review

El Quinto Pino turns out fine tapas without resorting to the style’s greatest hits.

In Season

Nothing against eating chicken year-round, but locally raised birds like the ones sold fresh at the Flying Pigs Farm Greenmarket stand from Labor Day through November are a special treat.

Culture

The Italian Rapscallion

Francesco Vezzoli, Italy’s most charming performance-art nomad.

The Movie Review

Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in a brilliant heist movie from Sidney Lumet.

Anticipation Index

A mathematical breakdown of why we’re excited about I Am Legend.

Process

Preparing Mylar, drywall, and the other raw materials for an acrobatic-theatrical extravaganza.

The Theater Review

Claire Danes and Pygmalion are fine—but why are so many other Roundabout efforts misguided?

A Photo Blogger Lands Her Own Gallery Gig

The new photo-blogger gallery show.

The Book Review

What we talk about when we talk about How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read.

The Crib: How to Talk About These

Not enough time to read all the National Book Award nominees for fiction before cocktail hour? Then read this.

The Pop Music Review

Levon Helm, comeback roots musician of the year.

Playing Favorites

We asked three music obsessives to pick a recent album they can’t stop listening to.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 29, 2007

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

The Week

An Afternoon on Museum Mile

Three megashows to see this week on upper Fifth Avenue.

Hawking: The Book

World’s greatest scientist, for kids.

Strings Attached

Masters of bowing and plucking take center stage this week.

P.S. It’s Cool

Promising highlights from the new season at P.S. 122.

Scream Two

A pair of great pre-Halloween events, one for each side of your brain.

Departments

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