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January 19, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The All New Issue

Of the many weird things happening right now, not all are bad: Capitalism’s flaws are getting an honest look from reformers of all ideologies; the most macho automakers are begging for the chance to go green; for God’s sake, we elected a black president! When everything breaks down, you get to decide how to build it back up again—and make it better.


Paterson’s Latest Cuomo Quandary

If he gives him Hillary’s seat, he can’t hire his own A.G.

Marc Jacobs Has Cheap Thoughts

Not particularly exercised.

How to Get Circus Buff

Like Madonna, Gwyneth.

Olmert’s ‘Briber’ Investigated in U.S.

L.I. macher in hot water?

Most Glamorous eBay Find Ever

Welcome back, Jean Harlow.

It Happened Last Fortnight

New Yorkers counted down the days to the inauguration.

POTUS Weekly

Paparazzi gear up for the celebrity presidency.

Final Chapter

Fewer restructurings, more liquidations in bankruptcy court.

Are Wall Street Suicide Epidemics Real?

Or does the recent handful of high-profile cases just make it seem that way?


Empire Building

On a sleepy Carroll Gardens corner, a soup-to-nuts culinary complex emerges.

Ready for Public Consumption

Here, a dozen fresh additions to the shopping landscape.

The Restaurant Review

At the John Dory, April Bloomfield aims to do for seafood what she did for bar food at the Spotted Pig.

Mexican Guavas

For the first time ever, Mexican guavas are being imported into the U.S.

The Look Book

"My hat is fox, as well as my scarf. It keeps me really warm."

Oval Office Overhaul

A few ideas to make our basketball-loving, Internet-using, furtively smoking new POTUS feel more comfortable.

Change Your Space, Keep Your Life

How to save hundreds per month by moving barely a block.


You Gotta Give Them Hope

Troubadour of sadness Antony tries to shake off the solipsism.

Hit the Road, Giacomo

A prescription for City Opera’s troubles: Break the lease.

Criminally Retro

A one-man pulp spree.

The Winter TV Spectacular

Lie to Me, Damages, United States of Tara, and more.

The Movie Review

In Silent Light, director Carlos Reygadas takes his sweet time with a cheating Mennonite.

The Theater Review

The Cripple of Inishmaan is light of heart—for a pitch-black Martin McDonagh drama.

The Art Review

Nathalie Djurberg and the upside of being kind of gross.


East Village Penicillin

They’re not giving soup away for free, Depression style, but Hearth has come pretty close.


Comments: Week of January 19, 2009

Readers sound off on layoffs, snark, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 19, 2009

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

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