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November 12, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Gridlock at 30,000 Feet

Examining the demand surges, spaghetti-like approach paths, jurisdictional squabbling, and other reasons why New York has the worst-functioning airports in America, and looking at a few politically controversial, potentially ineffective, and possibly financially disastrous ways to fix the system.

Features

When Is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime?

The worst day of Anthony Fortunato’s life ended with a death that would land him in prison, accused of gay-bashing. It began, he claims, with a plan to start introducing his blue-collar Brooklyn friends to his own homosexuality.

Don't Laugh

Looking behind the smart-ass Al Franken show-business persona at an aspiring senator and policy wonk who even childhood friends from the heartland think can be a little too earnest.

Intelligencer

From Steamroller to Happy Warrior?

Spitzer’s new guru wants to make him another Al Smith.

The Celeb Charades' Celeb Color Line

Clues not inclusive?

Unhappy Hookers Haunt Gershon

She’s bored talking to birds, too.

Huff Post Protest Singer Not Oppressed

But somewhat marginalized.

Baa, Baa Art Sheep at Lever House

The Hirst appetizer.

It Happened Last Week

It was a week for struggling to maintain control.

Big Swinging Ax

Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal became the first Wall Street CEO to lose his job over the credit crisis. Which megabanker might end up on the chopping block next? A scorecard.

Gehl on Wheels

Copenhagen’s sage of post-car culture pedals into New York.

Knick Knocking

Isiah Thomas and the ’Bockers have high hopes heading into the season, with new power forward Zach Randolph and a born-again Stephon Marbury. But do they really have a chance? A roundup of predictions for the Knicks.

Columns

The Imperial City

Iraq, Iran, and the president who cried wolf.

Strategist

Best Bets

Equipment for high-quantity holiday cooking.

Edit Opens on Lexington Avenue

New to upper Lexington Avenue is the 2,500-square-foot store Edit, which could be the fashion love child of Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix.

Ugly Shoes: A Brief History

A look at the most memorable assaults on our fashion sense, and a forecast for the ugly shoe of spring 2008.

Look Book

A charming sprite named after a king of Rome.

Real Estate

The perils (and pleasures) of dating within your building.

Movers

Fans of actress Hilary Swank may be glad to know that she’s not ditching New York for good.

The Open-House Log

Three couples check out 400 West 58th Street, Apartment 3JK.

The Globalist’s Thanksgiving

Six of the city’s most celebrated chefs—including Marcus Samuelsson and Laurent Tourondel—give the basic ingredients of Thanksgiving dinner an ethnic twist

Culture

Watching Paint Fry

Art adviser Kim Heirston has helped old money and new get into the market. Does she sense a correction? Well, yes, but...

The Book Review

Debating the legacy of Donald Barthelme.

Oh, What a Work Is Frankenstein’s Monster

As Young Frankenstein opens on Broadway, a new book by Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Frankenstein: A Cultural History, tracks the big guy—and his changing physique—through two centuries of pop culture.

The Art Review

The electrically transgressive work of Kara Walker.

The Movie Review

Lions for Lambs may have you making strange noises. Plus: Seinfeld’s sting-free comedy.

Oscar (Already!?) Stalks the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations

Does Oscar buzz make you more inclined to see a movie and less inclined to like it?

The Theater Review

In Cyrano, the rarely seen Kevin Kline reveals his extraordinary skill in little flashes.

Show and Tell: ‘Opus Jazz’

New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi set out to create a film updating Opus Jazz to 21st-century New York.

The TV Review

Big-shot crime novelists talk about true cases they didn’t fictionalize—but maybe should have.

'Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character'

Not only is this “American Masters” valentine to the great comedienne well deserved and overdue, but it’s surprisingly adequate to its surpassing task.

'The Deal'

Writer Peter Morgan, director Stephen Frears, and actor Michael Sheen have an unnatural interest in the politician Tony Blair.

Reality-TV Index

Despite predictions (and prayers!) to the contrary, reality television has not faded.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 12, 2007

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

The Week

In Memoriam

Galleries commemorate the recently departed.

We Are Family

Elizabeth Mitchell and her all-ages backing band.

They Talk, Too?

Choreographers step out of the studio to discuss their work.

Our Heroes

Recently, Mayor Bloomberg gave a shout-out to the Subway sandwich chain, one of the few that are down with posting calorie counts. (He recommends the turkey.) Here’s where he should go for a proper hero when he’s not politicking.

Spinoff City

With some of downtown’s favorite foodstuffs materializing at new uptown outposts, and a Magnolia Bakery en route, Upper West Siders can feel a little less culinarily deprived.

On the Trail

Election-Day events—marking the transition into the actual 2008 Election Year.

Departments

Comments: November 12, 2007

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