Our annual guidelines for properly enjoying lazy haziness: the forensics of lobster consumption,
sunbathing exposed , an abundance of local swimming spots, smokin’ beach-read picks, haute Popsicles,
kids’ vacation dreams, wild/insane weekend activities, training ideas for the Olympics-inspired, Brooklyn’s best beer hall, second-home foreclosure shopping, summer playlists from RZA and others, and a guide to cultural edification from now until September.
Cover credit: Photo-illustration by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Tim Boyle/Getty Images (Obama head). Meigneux/Sipa (McCain head). Styling by Karyn Pappas. Prop styling by Jared Lawton. Grooming by Chris Newberg/RJ Bennett. Retouching by Impact Digital. Navy swim trunks courtesy of Gap. Navitimer watch courtesy of Breitling.
Disclaimer: Not really Obama's abs. Not really Obama either. And not McCain for that matter. But you knew that.
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This time, Rev grounded.
UWS student diaspora.
Abrupt fall of Troy.
Lovers of cheap furnishings camped out in Red Hook last week prior to the opening of a new Ikea.
Hip-hop godfather Gil Scott-Heron’s out on parole, trying to stay clean, and ready for Carnegie Hall.
Christie’s goes into the gallery business, much to the art world’s chagrin.
The highs and lows of the Mets’ Minaya era.
Sam Shepard takes on cowboy poseurs—and his own iconhood.
Jolie kills, Carell smarts, Hunter Thompson blasts from the past.
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Beastie graybeard Adam Yauch grows up to be a filmmaker.
This summer, the FCC rules on the dangers of “fleeting expletives” on live television.
It was 50 years ago that Bert Stern decided he had to make a movie before he turned 30.
Is Michael Stuhlbarg a great Hamlet, or only pretending to be one?
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
The science of stage magic.
In the stealth opening of the season, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has unveiled Matsugen.
Readers sound off on Hillary Clinton, Katherine Heigl, and more.
Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.
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