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July 28, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Eat Cheap 2008

Braised-goat tacos, tiny cheeseburgers, street-meat skewers, arepas, empanadas, Thai noodles, Japanese noodles, kind-of-healthy Chinese food, fancy bar food, blueberry pancakes, bratwurst, and many, many, many more (affordable) dishes that will make you consider stomach-enlargement surgery. By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld.
On the Cover: Illustration by Joe Zeff Design. Photograph of original sign by Robert W. Howington.

Features

Who’s Afraid of Jimmy Carter?

The provocative former president shadows Obama as a walking McCain talking point. But having lived longer than he ever imagined possible, Carter has no interest in reining himself in.

Spartan Warriors in the YouTube Age. Or, The Legend of Legend, Spider, and Science.

In Union Square, a gang of enterprising, mostly homeless youths are pummeling each other for your amusement, a few bucks, and hopes of immortality.

Columns

Get Shorties

The only thing that can really stop short-sellers is a full-fledged market recovery.

Intelligencer

Vance Keeps Advancing on Morgy’s Job

D.A.’s former deputy pals with Paterson’s people.

Eli Zabar Jitneys to Amagansett

But locals don’t want him.

Movie Star Wants Her Super Bowl Ring

Giants wuz robbed.

Kid’s Book Tells Where Grandma’s Gone

Stein’s daughter writes.

Hot 97 Outsources Its Talent

Go West, young hip-hop fan.

Digits

The sound of numbers crunching could be heard all over the city last week.

Pedestrian, Can You Spare a Dime?

Sidewalk solicitors share the secrets of their trade.

Super-Special Ed

After failing with for-profit public schools, Chris Whittle goes private.

Money Troubles

It was a good week for bad economic news. But which measures matter most to New Yorkers?

They Told Us So…

A few who predicted this mess tell us what they see coming next.

Strategist

Away It Stows

Space-saving pieces that ease the square-footage crunch.

Drip Stop

The new arsenal of anti-dampness tools, tested by a rampant perspirer.

The Look Book

They look like sisters. They finish each other’s sentences. Look Book meets the BFFs.

Lock It Up

Nice weather, new bike lanes; it’s a golden time for biking.

Whose Block Is It Anyway?

The six nastiest real-estate battles in town, and who’s likely to come out ahead.

Culture

Square Peggy

On Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss plays one of TV’s newest nerd girls—but with an unsettling twist.

The Movie Review

A heist picture about one of the greatest stunts in New York history.

Hey, How’s That Project Going?

What much-awaited projects are nearing completion in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, and visual art?

The Architecture Review

MoMA celebrates mass-­produced machines for living.

The Theater Review

When self-reference is not enough.

The Ballad of Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley reserved her place in pop culture’s curio cabinet with “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”

How Low Can It Go?

The evolution of dubstep.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 28, 2008

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

Agenda

Like a Drive-through Movie

Cars and tickets not required.

A Wine Website That Matches and Dispatches

FreshDirect’s new partnering with Union Square Wines & Spirits means several things.

Tapas Bar Crawl-worthy

The expansion of Bar Carrera into an adjacent East Village newsstand was just the beginning.

Departments

Comments: Week of July 28, 2008

Readers sound off on Gitty Grunwald, the New Yorker cover, and more.

Artifact: The Governor’s New Friends

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

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