An assortment of country idylls right here in the city: chickens, banana trees, migrating butterflies, and a modernist gem built on a rooftop in Little Italy; shopping trips to Africa and Asia end in a garden in Fort Greene; beloved pigeons bring peace—and occasionally disturb it—in gentrifying Williamsburg; a south-facing terrace doubles as a country house, not to mention a grocery store, for a couple in Harlem; Nine of this city’s 600-plus community gardens, from quaint patches of green to sprawling Edens abounding with vegetables; one woman’s penthouse converted into something between a Hollywood bungalow and the set of a Hitchcock thriller. By Wendy Goodman
On the Cover: Chris and Lisa Goode’s penthouse lawn. Photograph by Gregory Goode for New York Magazine.
There’s no shortage of love for Sarah Palin in the tight-knit town to which she brought strip malls and fiscal discipline. But the folks of Wasilla don’t understand why their high-school sweetheart would abandon God’s country for the other 49 states.
Nate Silver was making a happy living as a baseball-stat wizard. But when he realized that elections were a lot like baseball games, he created the Website FiveThirtyEight to analyze the electorate, and rewrote the rules on how to predict the political future.
To extend or not to extend, or even to make a decision.
It’s time for a new one.
There are worse things.
Post-Modern Wall Street.
No train, just pain … Elaine?
Battle stations, Fairway.
It was a week of waiting to see if things could get any worse.
Things are bad now, but the world will never out-finance us.
How can we trust again?
The financial crisis, as seen by a (necessarily anonymous) source within the Federal Reserve.
What’s it like to make your living trading stocks during this calamity?
His steady, understated, optimistic populism arrived just in time.
What to have on hand when curling up on the couch is the sum of the night’s activities.
Seven thrift and consignment stores to keep you stylish.
"I can’t leave. I just wouldn’t like living anywhere else."
Allegretti attempts to re-create la grande cuisine, with limited success.
The loose-leafed escarole makes a terrific winter salad.
Oliver Stone’s W. is about a man many would sooner forget—which didn’t stop him from making it.
The Pretenders rock like it’s 1984.
Mike Leigh’s delicious role model for hard times (good timing).
Van Gogh by night is irresistible.
How Hilary Berseth makes his buzzworthy sculptures.
When Frank Langella plays Sir Thomas More, you expect thunder. What you get is drizzle.
What was that dead body doing on South 2nd Street in Williamsburg earlier this month?
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Downtown offshoot of the 92nd Street Y.
Belt-tightening is all well and good, but man cannot live by five-for-a-dollar dumplings alone.
Readers sound off on the future of Wall Street, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and more.
Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.
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