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October 13, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Gov. Nice Guy

David Paterson—the good-timin’, confrontation-averse, never particularly hardworking governor—may have to get a personality transplant if he is going to successfully navigate New York through these troubled economic waters. By Geoffrey Gray
On the Cover: Photograph by Peter Yang for New York Magazine.


What Tina Fey Would Do for a SoyJoy

30 Rock has made a big joke about product placement—and it’s a pretty good joke. But the corruption of television (?!) by new advertising models strikes many in the business as not particularly funny.

Bleeding ‘Times’ Blood

Which is more important to a 25-year-old Ochs-Sulzberger heir: the sense of honor that comes with owning the New York Times, or enough money to do whatever he wants for the rest of his life?


The Anxiety Index

How a cross section of pedestrians stopped outside Grand Central are weathering the financial crisis.

Shooting the Salesman

As the financial system unravels, the country has decided it’s all Wall Street’s fault. It’s not.

Crisis-Speak: A Glossary

Illiquidity, TED spread, and more.

Venice, But Without the Gondolas

Financial historian Niall Ferguson sees a rough future for New York.

Bloomberg Bets the Farm

Why the mayor’s push for a third term may be the riskiest thing he’s ever done.

The Last Deadline

The seven-year run of the New York Sun.


Wall Street, Fall 2009

Things look grim at the moment, but where will we be a year from now? That depends on who’s president.

How McCain Lost His Brand

From maverick to crank in an instant.


Just Add Gravity

Seven calming objets for a stressful week.

Bargain of the Week

Fifty Dumplings for $9.95.

Court Opens on Mulberry Street

Court just opened in Nolita with a full stable of designers.

The Look Book

"I wanted to combine my loves of art history and fashion."

The Underground Gourmet Review

Street food done to a Tuscan turn.

In Season

Cauliflower is best in fall and early winter.


Is Ssäm Bar courting a younger audience?

Insatiable Critic

Compass has redesigned itself for the third time and emerged looking good.

Restaurant Openings

Week of October 13, 2008: Lugo Caffè, AQ Kafé, Naya Mezze & Grill, and Bistrouge.

Out of Their Shells

Clam pies on the rise.

Deal or No Deal?

In this economy, a signed contract doesn’t mean the haggling is over.


Slice and Dice

One man’s vandalism is another’s political art. Just ask Poster Boy, the Matisse of subway-ad mash-ups.

Bro, Can You Spare, Like, Five Bills?

The Great Depression 1.0 inspired tremendous works of art. There’s no reason to expect that the Great Depression 2.0 won’t do the same.

The Theater Review

Never mind Daniel Radcliffe: It turns out that Equus itself is a pretty lame old nag.

The Movie Review

Demme's Rachel Getting Married spins gold out of the very bleak.

Mickey Rourke Wrestles the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Oscar season is under way, which means it’s time to be either blown away or underwhelmed.

The Coolest Hand: Paul Newman, 1925–2008

Author Richard Russo, director Sam Mendes, and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman remember.

The Books Review

The wonder and terror of Google.

The Art Review

Martha Rosler, like too many artists, can’t move beyond the easy arguments of her youth.

Joltin’ Joe’s

A category-defying downtown club turns ten.

Rethinking Lenny

Performers too young to have known Bernstein see his music afresh.

The TV Review

The Mentalist floats (or sinks) on the charms of its star, Simon Baker.

Blue Belle

Californication’s strangely well-adjusted Madeleine Martin.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 13, 2008

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


Petit Gourmand

Food Network Fest goes family.

Grape Explanations

In The Wine Snob’s Dictionary, David Kamp and David Lynch skewer the world of winespeak.


Comments: Week of October 13, 2008

Readers sound off on influential New Yorkers, yuppies, and more.

Artifact: Final Draft

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

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