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March 2, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The Monster Mensch

Bernie Madoff began as the classic Wall Street outsider. It was the struggle to make it inside that formed him—and eventually led to his undoing. By Steve Fishman.
Plus:Mom and Dad and Ruth and Bernie,” a Madoff memoir. By John Maccabee
On the Cover: Illustration by Darrow for New York Magazine.

Features

Bob Kerrey's Ivory-Tower War

The New School president lost his lower leg in Vietnam, fought countless battles in the Senate, even ran for president. But nothing prepared him for the insurrection he now faces.

The Town Car 500

Livery-cab drivers are racing for a dwindling number of calls, and a lone teenage dispatcher is referee of the road.

Intelligencer

Fast Cash

Why are bank robberies on the rise?

Appetites

Sin taxes, nanny politics, and the illogic of trying to govern by what’s best for us.

Held Back

Will Bloomberg dump Joel Klein?

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Brainy Broadway

How Schiller became a sure thing.

23 Minutes With Richard Gere

Actor, humanitarian, locavore, nervous innkeeper.

Desirée’s Warm Wintour

Are White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and Vogue editor Anna Wintour suddenly besties?

Five Things We Learned About the Rolling Stones

From Bill German’s new book.

Back and Forth

Kanye West attended eight shows during Fashion Week.

Heeere’s Jimmy!

With Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to premiere on March 2, the host-to-be still seems quite nervous.

Beatriz Stix-Brunell

She just celebrated her 16th birthday while touring with Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet company.

Columns

The GOP’s New Colors

Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal don’t look like the vast majority of Republicans. But do new faces mean new ideas?

Strategist

Best Bets

Local wines, Housing Works Tribeca, and more.

The Look Book

"I used to be much bigger. I lifted weights and everything."

The Restaurant Review

David Burke’s Fishtail sinks in its own goofiness, while the Oak Room simply fails.

In Season

Itty-bitty bianchetti are big this time of year in Sicily.

Restaurant Openings

Week of March 2, 2009: Farinella and White Slab Palace.

Eat, Then Hibernate

Five gut-busting dishes to see you through the last days of winter.

Great Room

A purple piano, a latex sofa, and a Ronald McDonald head make for a classic-kitschy mash-up.

Culture

The Brothers Platt

New York’s restaurant critic sits down with his brother Oliver, now hoofing in Guys and Dolls.

Coming Home

Jane Fonda returns to the stage, radical and chic.

Building a Better Robot

A classic political farce gets a reboot.

The Theater Review

The Story of My Life doesn’t take the easy road, and isn’t up to the tough one.

The Architecture Review

Two architects offer far more than lip service to affordable housing.

The Movie Review

A luminous Gretchen Mol saves An American Affair. Too bad she wasn’t available for Crossing Over.

The Pop Music Review

M. Ward is indie rock’s great bashful hope.

The Jazz Standard

Thelonious Monk’s landmark 1959 concert at Town Hall lives again through Jason Moran.

David Byrne Makes Sense Of His Tour

Last spring, David Byrne came to a bittersweet realization.

Agenda

Buzz v. Buzz

With a new kiosk from Porto Rico, Essex Street Market gets its first bona fide coffee shop.

Departments

Comments: Week of March 2, 2009

Readers sound off on Kate Moss, Nate Silver's Oscar predictions, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 2, 2009

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

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