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December 24, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York

If you live here, you probably don’t need to be told what’s to love about New York. You’ve voted with your feet. Still, stopping now and then to take stock of the city’s charms can have a surprising effect.

Intelligencer

Bloomie and Arnie, Centrist Twins

Only the Constitution can keep them apart.

Johnson Fan Gets Condo Deal

MoMA vu, coffering.

Mitt the Wit Has Subprime Solution

Mitty Ha-Ha!

Stuffin’ Muffie With Kit Kats & Kors

Socialite’s quest for candy and cashmere.

Revolutionary Film Clips for Today

Maysles fights Maysles.

Alone in the Crowd

It was a week for contemplating loneliness.

Fare Enough

Is it finally time for free subways? Inside Ted Kheel’s 42-year-old plan to make it happen.

Enhanced Performances

Juicing through the years.

Three-Candidate Monte

Al Sharpton is playing his favorite gameóbut can anyone really win?

Columns

Huckabuchanan

Mike is a kinder, gentler Patóat a moment when populism is more potent than ever.

Strategist

Blades of Glory

Necessary equipment for a day at the rink.

Teased and Confused

Robert Plant’s 59-year-old hair doesn’t look all that different from his 19-year-old hair.

Look Book

"I’m everything. I’m a surfer, snowboarder, skater; you can call me ghetto, too, I guess."

In Season Recipe

Eagerly anticipated among its fervent followers, Vacherin Mont d’Or is a truly seasonal cheese.

Calorific Countdown to 2008

Before you draw up those New Year’s resolutions, get your fingers around these diet-be-damned dishes.

Restaurant Openings

Week of December 24, 2007: Felice Wine Bar, Zen Burger, and Seymour Burton.

Insatiable Critic

Coming after Bravo’s Top Chef, chef-consultant Dave Martin’s new restaurant lacks some heft.

Violators Will Be Humiliated

Celebrities are perfect; fans are adoring. When that contract is broken, out come the daggers.

Culture

The Movie Review

Oil, blood, Iran, and the CIA: Four year-end films worth the trip outdoors.

More Movie Reviews

Cassandra’s Dream, The Orphanage, P.S. I Love You, The District!, and The Great Debaters.

The 5 Best DVD Double Features

Superbad, Knocked Up, Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, Children of Men, Death Proof, and more.

Xmas-Card Addict: Jenna Fischer

In Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Office favorite Jenna Fischer ditches the frump.

Who Cares How Good the Movies Actually Are? Let’s Talk Oscar!

A semi-premature and only mildly scientific analysis of the Academy Awards horse race.

The Theater Review

The Seafarer and Black Nativity both meditate upon the wages of sin, just in time for Christmas.

From Bobby to Lenny

It’s been quite a year for Raúl Esparza.

What a Farce

Norbert Leo Butz skipped Young Frankenstein for old Mark Twain. Good call.

The Book Review

Is disdain for Céline Dion innate or learned? And what’s wrong with liking her music anyway?

The Pop Review

The Wu-Tang Clan get their act together to make a new album. And then trash it.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 24, 2007

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

Agenda

Camp February

Three days of winter fun in Central Park.

Just Add Bubbly

There’s a New Year’s feast out there for every appetite.

Departments

Comments: December 24, 2007

Readers sound off on Rudy Giuliani, Jeffrey Epstein, and more.

Artifact: Fax It Loud

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.

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