The Impossible Conversation
(I) The Color-Coded Campaign
In a Democratic year, why isn’t Obama leading by a wider margin? Take a wild guess. By John Heilemann
(II) Black & Blacker
Is Michelle too angry? Is Barack too white? The Obama marriage as a racial minefield. By Vanessa Grigoriadis
(III) Talking About Not Talking About Race
The dangerous consequences of dancing around a subject everyone’s afraid of. By Patricia J. Williams
The people an African-American president would influence most are the ones who haven’t been born yet. By John McWhorter
On the Cover: Illustration by Hank Willis Thomas. Photographs by Brooks Craft/Corbis (Michelle) and Soren McCarty/Wire Image (Barack).
They’re the hawks who stole Riverside Park’s heart. And then broke it.
Dr. Alex Hughes thinks he can make you smarter, thinner, and less hungover by injecting water with ingredients he found in the hospital. But his company, Function Drinks, first has to fight for shelf space amid all the other health drinks promising miracle cures.
McCain and Obama seem like funny guys, so why are their campaigns anything but?
Activists hope to reinvestigate with city’s help.
Lawyering through the downturn.
Weatherman Al wants to find out.
Checkbook scoop “sad.”
She holds her head up high.
Jets fans could be forgiven some giddiness at elderly quarterback Brett Favre’s arrival.
Brett Favre is supposed to bring the Jets stability.
Paging Starbucks and CVS! The Upper West Side faces a vacancy glut.
What are they drilling for on the Upper East Side?
Costume designer William Ivey Long is an expert at making public spaces cozy—and keeping them clean.
As the market hints at a downturn, Brooklyn brownstones sit unsold.
"I attract the crazy people. Also, people expose themselves to me."
Another day, another barnyard-minded locavore joint. Make that two more.
It’s not easy to make a name for yourself in the potato world.
The crowd skews young at Delicatessen, a new comfort-food initiative from the folks at Cafeteria.
Week of August 18, 2008: Apiary, Pita Joe, and Vintage Irving.
Long an outer-borough staple, the lowly goat is poised for the Manhattan big time.
He’s been here 58 years. She, barely one. They both love the Lower Lower East Side.
Ellen Wheeler hopes to save the daytime soap with a little reality and … Jonathan Safran Foer?
Is there such a thing as overacting on soap operas? Believe it or not, yes.
Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t just steal Tropic’s thunder, he owns it. Plus: Woody Allen’s redemptive muse.
Our reviews of this week's previews.
Danny McBride is best known for his starring role in this year’s slapstick comedy The Foot Fist Way.
The script’s full of navel-gazing; the production drags. Yet Hair still exerts a joyous pull.
The 39th season of Sesame Street is surprisingly well stocked with quirky guest stars
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
A confluence of avian-themed events for kids and families spans the boroughs this week.
The Four Seasons has declared August 15 Children’s Day.
Readers sound off on the Montauk Monster, "the new new face," and more.
Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.
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