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September 15, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

The Sixty-Day War

With one impulsive choice, John McCain upended both his and Obama’s campaigns, requiring the old strategies to be rewritten on the fly. A preview of the bloody road ahead. By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Illustration by Darrow.


Après George le Déluge

As the tyrant fades away and his team fades with him, it has now become all too apparent that the Boss was really the straw that stirred the drink.

The Glass Stampede

As this last great building boom winds down, our architecture critic asks: Does the new see-through city look better or worse than the one it replaced? A building-by-building survey.


Pit Bull Palin May Skip Out on Soho

Was scheduled to visit opening of Alaskan “embassy” in NYC.

Hockey Mom Scores With Paterson

Not that he’d vote for her.

Retiree Bruno Not Dung Yet

Lays it on thick at RNC.

DK and CK Go on Summer Safari

Duo takes African holiday.

Hippie Pataki Goes Green

An organic Republican.

Foreign Actor Wants to Vote for Barack

Cumming to America.

It Happened Last Week

News of a minor metro baby boom seemed fitting for a week in which the entire city was talking about a pregnant teenager from Alaska.

Bloomberg Without Limits

The messy political fallout of the mayor’s hankering for a third term.

Third Term’s the Charm?

Ed Koch was a popular mayor through his first two terms, then he saw his third hobbled.

Bridge to Somewhere

New York conventioneers merge right.

Modern Machinery

With new curatorial direction, the MoMA should speed up, and the Guggenheim should slow down.


On June 30, 2009, Buy an Apartment

Our resident financial expert calls the end of the housing-market free fall—to the day.


Back to School

New jeans to wear, new packs to carry.

Tweens and Jeans

We put a bunch of 10- to 14-year-olds in a room with 217 jeans and let them pick their dream pair.

Big in Japan

School supplies from far away, because math homework is more fun with an ice-cream-cone eraser.

Ask a Shop Clerk: Mary Brockman and Mark Straiton

Co-owners of Kill Devil Hill, 170 Franklin St., nr. Java St., Greenpoint; 347-534-3088.

Target Opens Four Bullseye ­Bodegas

Target’s calling its new pop-up stores “bodegas,” although there’s not a Slim Jim in sight.

The Look Book

"I wouldn’t say I’m a hippie. That word is so loaded."

The Restaurant Review

At Convivio, Michael White reimagines Italian classics with Batali-like excellence.

In Season

Santa Rosa plums proliferate in Northern California, where Abraço's Elizabeth Quijada grew up.

Insatiable Critic

The spiffing up of Avenue A takes a giant leap with Yerba Buena’s ambition.

Restaurant Openings

Week of September 15, 2008: The Libertine, Bloomingdale Road, De Santos, and Ninth Street Espresso.

Sex, Death, Dinner

New York’s art critic gets ravished by a legendary Spanish chef.


Nigerian Rhapsody

Choreographer Bill T. Jones brings the life of Fela Kuti to Off Broadway, this time as director.

The Movie Review

The refried yuks of Burn After Reading; the power and glory of Moving Midway.

DIY Coen Brothers

Burn After Reading sports some familiar ingredients.

New York Rocks Docs at Toronto International Film Festival

Once again, New York themes and filmmakers are swamping the documentary lineup in Toronto.

The Book Review

The even-timelier-than-expected novel about Laura Bush.

Cracked: Michael Greenberg

In depicting his daughter's first psychotic break, Michael Greenberg sought to fill in something “missing in the literature of madness.”

The Architecture Review

A pair of critics size up the new Museum of Arts and Design.

The Gist: Damien Hirst’s ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ Sale

The art world is currently obsessing over Damien Hirst’s Sotheby’s sale in London.

The Pop Review

The Walkmen may no longer be the toast of Williamsburg, but that suits them just fine.

So Very Mercurial

The ups and downs and in-betweens of the Mercury Rev.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 15, 2008

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


Big Drama, Very Small Kids

Theater for the toddlers.

Ko by Day

With the launch of lunch service, David Chang’s Ko has just gotten a smidgen more accessible.


Comments: Week of September 15, 2008

Readers sound off on Joe Lieberman, the merits of Buffalo, and more.

Artifact: This Should Clear Things Up

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

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