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November 26, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The Gift Finder

100 presents under $100, the best new DVDs and games, what children really want this year, a selection of New York’s finest fine food, ideas from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium stars Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, and specialized suggestions for high-intensity boyfriends, hobby-loving grandparents, and more.


Death of a Broker

Ramones manager turned “Realtor to the stars” Linda Stein made her way into the most rarefied circles of Manhattan celebrity with a personality that was by turns crassly charming and crassly intimidating. Of late, illness and loneliness had pushed her over to the nasty side of that divide—and that may have led to her brutal murder.

The Meaning of a Punch

Sixteen years old and five foot eleven inches tall, Nisa Rodriguez is already such a good boxer she has trouble finding opponents to take the inevitable beating. She inherited her aggression from her father—and hopes it will land her somewhere better than his erstwhile home at Rikers.


Recycling Plastic Inevitable

Plastic-bag lobby heads off ban by finding ally in Quinn.

Byrd Hoffman’s New Dumbo Nest

“Like Tribeca 30 years ago.”

Met’s Secret, Sexy Picasso

Is bared in London.

Maccioni’s Global Machinations

Le Cirque du monde.

P.J. O’Rourke Landed in It

Scabby schnoz is a giveaway.

It Happened Last Week

Facing unholy approval ratings last week, Governor Spitzer stopped pontificating about his driver’s-license plan and dumped it.

Mailer’s Ghost

Looking back at the seven times Norman Mailer, as writer or subject, appeared on the cover of New York Magazine.

The Sideshow

What happened to the pride of Coney Island?


The Power Grid

Are Iowans angry enough at the Man to vote for John Edwards?


Look Book

A “disheveled aristocrat” and her daughter.

Restaurant Review

Fiamma makes a great case for European classicism in these artisanal times.

In Season Recipe

No Thanksgiving is complete without a turkey sandwich cobbled together long after the last relative has toddled out the door.

Real Estate

Could your co-op board be inadvertently abetting identity theft?

Well, Her Broker’s Not on Strike

Broadway producer Daryl Roth has, along with her husband, Steve Roth, just sold their ten-room co-op at 800 Park Avenue.

Outrageous Amenity Watch

If this 129-unit condominium’s residents aren’t in shape when they buy their apartments, they will have no excuse after they move in.


Rationalist of the Absurd

Steve Martin’s memoir describes the meticulous construction of absurdity.

... And Now a Word From ‘SNL’ Alum Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase is trying to make a comeback. But he’s finding it’s hard out there for a (former) comedy bigwig.

The Movie Review

A novel attempt to capture the essence of Bob Dylan.

Trailer Mix

Our review of this week’s previews (post-Oscar-bait edition).

New Labor

When did striking writers become more sympathetic than stagehands?

What’s Worth Seeing When Broadway’s Dark?

Tumbleweeds may be blowing through Shubert Alley, but for those intent on catching a show, all is not lost.

I’ll Take Your $150,000 and Lower It to More Like $70,000

Numbers quickly became a PR tool in the stagehands’ strike. Some key figures in the battle for your sympathy.

The Theater Review

What do Edward Albee and George Lucas have in common?

Where Are All the Women?

How female artists fare at MoMA and other top showcases (not well).

Data: Gender Studies

Is MoMA the worst offender? We tallied how women fare in six other art-world institutions.

The Classical Music Review

Gustavo Dudamel’s long-awaited New York debut.

A Tony Soprano

Measha Brueggergosman ought to be headed to an opera house near you.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 26, 2007

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

The Week

Cold Comfort

Learning about the science of snowflakes.

Willkommen, Fotografen!

Germany’s finest come to Chelsea.

Who Needs Turkey?

Unlike their pop counterparts, the city’s jazz haunts don’t take a breather for Thanksgiving. (The following all had tickets available at press time.)

Dining-Room Service

New hotel restaurants that aren’t just for tourists.

Turkey Alternatives

Restaurants offering a tryptophan-free Thanksgiving Day.

Native Sons (and Daughters)

Native American-written plays get special attention at the Public’s festival.


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