In accordance with the spirit of the day, we’ve picked out 100 presents that cost less than $100. Then we stopped 182 more
potential gift recipients on the street, asked them what they wanted, and found something for each of them. And there’s more: books for all types of foodies, a plethora of kids’ art supplies that can compete with video games, what
to give the woman who doesn’t want anything, how to help the charities hit hard by Wall Street’s problems, and a survey of what’s in stock at seven secondhand stores.
On the Cover: The Obamas did not actually pose for our holiday-gift issue; it’s a photo-illustration. Yes, the dog is hypoallergenic (and yes, we know it’s not the allergic daughter who’s holding her). Photo-illustration by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Styling by Karyn Pappas. Prop styling by Jared Lawton. Grooming by Chris Newberg/RJ Bennett. Puppy provided by All-Tame Animals.
For junior capitalists fleeing the financial meltdown, is the highly leveraged, hotly speculative Middle Eastern insta-metropolis the last, best place on Earth—or a mirage?
Bellevue has long been as much metaphor as hospital–the focal point for what we understand, and don't want to understand, about going insane. So what does it mean that it might become a hotel?
Stealth plan to cut New York’s fast-food sodium intake.
Albany Dems lose nerve.
Glamorous women, united.
Where’s his TV-judge cameo?
Going, going … not going.
Too cold, underpaid.
As the euphoria of last week’s victory parties faded, the city settled in to ride out its economic hangover.
How can New York City Opera survive its failed bet on an extravagant, avant-garde future?
A $1,500 twenty-course Per Se meal closes out the boom.
The two biggest consumers of state tax money go head to head over budget cuts.
A numeric summary of our troubled times.
For much of this season, the Jets–Brett Favre matchup has felt like a rebound relationship.
How the Year of the Woman reinforced the two most pernicious sexist stereotypes and actually set women back.
At a new Tribeca restaurant, chef Paul Liebrandt finally lives up to his promise.
The economy might be in free fall, but at least it’s happening during cabbage season.
The endless delays at the seemingly jinxed 10 Downing dulled my expectations.
Week of November 24, 2008: Flex Mussels and Vinegar Hill House.
How do you know you’ve made it in the retail specialty-food world?
"I’m always going to want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals and music and the creative scene."
One more bit of “prewar charm” to worry about.
Great architects need a great canvas. New York needs infrastructure. And a lot of people need jobs. A proposal.
Danny Boyle's irresistible Slumdog Millionaire. Plus, Disney's huggably meta kids' flick, Bolt.
Ellen Kuras started filming Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family in 1984.
TV’s Ugly Betty has a secret weapon within its sassy supporting cast.
Billy Elliot is a flat-footed missed opportunity saved by the ecstatic performances of its young stars.
Where to take your out-of-towners this holiday season, in one act.
In which an iconic, pioneering rapper attempts a return to glory, in the shadow of his offspring.
The debut of Jessica Lange, photographer.
A new book chronicles the rise of the original gangsta: Scarface.
Extraordinary staging gets the most out of La Damnation de Faust.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Spiegelman doesn’t dumb down for kids.
It’s fitting that Ilyssa Berg and Javier Flores are selling their goat-cheese logs at Murray’s Cheese.
Readers sound off on Rachel Maddow, our "Live Cheap" guide, and more.
Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.
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