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November 19, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Mrs. Astor's Baby

Eighty-three-year-old Anthony Marshall spends his days trying to convince the courts—and himself—that his mother loved him and felt guilty enough about her failings as a parent to transfer a huge amount of money to him before she died. The courts, at least, don’t seem to buy it.


The Embers of Gentrification

A few years ago, it seemed that bourgeois New York, like the universe, was expanding infinitely. But the Red Hook Real-Estate Slowdown Theory of Yuppie-Hipster Equilibrium suggests otherwise.

How Race Is Lived in America

Pioneering Times managing editor Gerald Boyd, in spite of his efforts to live a color-blind life, was shaped by race: It lifted him, proved the subject of a journalistic triumph, and eventually destroyed his career.


Kerik Loses His Lucky Lawyer

Tacopina got him that good deal last time.

The Surreal Marc Has Designs on TV

Finds himself entertaining.

Doctor! Give Me a Job

Development czar Doctoroff "wants to run his own show."

A Brief Truce in the Spitz-Bruno War

Governor calls about Joe's sick wife.

Torre Says His Dodgers Like A-Rod

L.A. may be willing to pay and pay to get him to play.

It Happened Last Week: Infatuations

Some weeks, it’s impossible not to feel the love.

Shelly Lives

The afterlife of a filmmaker.

His Moment of Zen

On the barricades with the head writer of The Daily Show.

Edifice Bets

Wall Street bonuses are expected to be down 15 percent this year—and may go down more in 2008. So who will buy all the high-end condos being built?

Expatriate Games

Olivier Sarkozy might like the USA even more than his presidential brother.


Street Justice

Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal and Citigroup’s Chuck Prince racked up billions in losses—and got exactly what they deserved.


The Everything Guide to Pests

It is possible to live vermin-free in New York.

Look Book

"I tend to do a schoolboy-orphan look, with maybe a touch of Hermès."

Best Bets

Surviving the winter playdate by having activities close at hand.

Serious Deals

The mammoth 7th on Sale sample sale has been marking down designer goods since 1990, with all proceeds going to HIV/aids-related funds.

Brandy Cusamano of Space NK

'My mother was a stylist, so I grew up in a hair salon.'

Restaurant Review

Allen & Delancey brings classical cooking to the Lower East Side.

In Season Recipe

Revered in France and especially Italy for its slightly bitter and herby flavor, the cardoon has only recently begun to make a name for itself on local menus.

Insatiable Critic

The team that created the brilliant and refined tasting menu at Dévi that quickly became a smash hit is back, having bought out the boss.

Restaurant Openings

Week of November 19, 2007: Solex, Dessert Studio at Chocolat Michel Cluizel, and Ilili.

Divide and Conquer

A new, affordable way to enjoy truffles, and we’re not talking truffle oil.

Sources: Finding the Fungi

(Without the aid of a truffle hound or pig.)

How to Treat a Truffle

San Domenico’s Tony May won’t abide tuber abuse.

How to Make a Building Cool

The newest developer’s ploy: artists on-site.


The New Online Star System

This is the year that Web video got really smart. And addictive. Here’s what’s worth a click.

The Movie Review

Noah Baumbach plumbs the inky depths of smart, shallow people. Plus: Brian De Palma's Redacted.

On Deck: New DVDs

Seinfeld: The Complete Series, Rescue Dawn, Ocean's Thirteen...

Your Pre-Holiday Guide to Downer Films

Are you in the mood for a depressing movie?

The Theater Review

Young Frankenstein falls short of super-duper, but Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll is a mother of an invention.

I Love the Eighties: Barbara Cook

Musical-theater matriarch Barbara Cook celebrates her 80th birthday with two concerts at the Philharmonic.

The TV Review

Will this be the season Project Runway falls out of fashion?

Watch This Instead

It’s a good week to practice watching documentary television.

The Classical Music Review

Barber’s Vanessa isn’t the forgotten marvel they say it is—but it’s a great vehicle for City Opera’s star soprano.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 19, 2007

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

The Week

All in the Timing

Satellite gallery shows piggyback on two of the fall’s biggest museum headliners. And they’re free!

Take the L to the Tea

Williamsburg’s newest children’s boutique offers a cuppa.

Getting to Know You

A concert dedicated to one composer can paint a much richer picture of his music than a single symphony would.

Braise Days

When the temperature drops, nothing warms the cockles like a hunk of slow-cooked meat.

What’s in a Rhyme?

Poetry enjoys a rare moment in the spotlight.

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