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March 10, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Best of New York 2008

The annual guide to the finest, greatest, and most incomparable that our city has to offer in the categories of food, home design, nightlife and other recreation, health and beauty, shopping, and kids’ diversions. From the Cheddar–pork belly–Gruyère grilled cheese to the children’s hair salon–slash–bookstore, from the wizardlike A/V installation specialist to the Staten Island roller rink, all that is contained herein is matchless, optimal, and simply without peer. Read on to be utterly illuminated.


Libet in Love

Her desires were simple: to have a relationship, adopt a child, do something meaningful with her life. So why did things between Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson and her weight-loss-guru boyfriend get so complicated?

The Un-Reformed

For twelve years, nobody could threaten Joe Bruno’s pugnacious hold on power. But now Eliot Spitzer finally has him on the ropes.


Can Habaneros Heat Up Hillary’s Bid?

Going auténtico might win some Texas votes.

Snoop Dogged By Oprah Snub

Now he’s a feminist.

Boston Burger Bests Shake Shack

But was there vote fraud?

Rabbinical Rant Cancels MSG Benefit

Secular tunes? Feh!

Book Publishing Goes Paperless

A Hachette job.

It Happened Last Week

Political watchers spent last week looking ahead to primaries in Ohio and Texas.

Athwart History

William F. Buckley was always playing his role, even over lunch at home.

Not Ready for Subprime

New Yorkers behind on their mortgages try to save their homes. How’d they get in such a mess?

Virtual Threat

Scare at a Brooklyn prep school.


There Will Be Corn

How to profit from the coming agribusiness boom.


Oh, the Mendacity

Terrence Howard will always be true to himself—even if it costs him.

The Movie Review

You could call Paranoid Park another one of Gus Van Sant’s experiments. Except it works.

Part-time Slayer: Kate Beckinsale

The Underworld actress may surprise many in Snow Angels.

The Frog Prince

Paul Giamatti’s John Adams is no swashbuckler, but the HBO show rises like a hot-air balloon.

The Facebook Biennial

How social networks have taken over this year’s Whitney festivities.

The Biennial Annex

Tequila. Dancing. Heavy-metal nuptials.

Stalking the Gramno

A book-review procedural about Richard Price’s Lush Life.

The Theater Review

Passing Strange smashes Broadway clichés with an electric guitar.

Way Off the Deep End

Erykah Badu has always been one of the weirder pop stars, but this time she really goes for it.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 10, 2008

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


It’s a Toss-up

Clown-free juggling at Pratt.


Comments: March 10, 2008

Readers sound off on Carine Roitfeld, Heath Ledger, and more.

On the Cover

This week, we pitted five designers against each other in a competition to create our cover.

Artifact: I Have a Dream

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

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