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April 6, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Spring Travel 2009

Take 111 New Yorkers during a bleak, recession-plagued winter, ask them where they’d rather be right now, and stand back: inside, some of their fantasies, from gathering pearls in Tahiti to hard-core tanning in Thailand.
On the Cover: Photograph by Anne Menke/Serlin Associates/Trunk Archive.


My Manhattan Project

How I helped build the bomb that blew up Wall Street.


With their studded new roster and retro-chic stadium, the Yankees are a throwback to another New York—the one that crashed last fall.


Atlantic Yards, Inch by Inch

You can sue, sue, sue—but nothing ruins megaplans like a crashing economy.

Tax the Rich!

How did the poor win the New York tax war? Welcome to the era of the moneyed underclass.

Pop the Bubble

Obama courts the unlike-minded.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


The myth of the Rockefeller-drug-laws repeal.

Life Lessons

With college-graduation season soon upon us, a sampling of scheduled commencement speakers.

125 Minutes With Lady Gaga

The Sacred Heart girl turned bisexual disco queen was never a lazy drug addict.

Home Decorating With the Obamas

Barack and Michelle Obama have decided not to use taxpayers’ money to renovate the White House.

Sheep Eats

Will Shake Shack open in Central Park next?

Back and Forth

Lynn Whitfield and Tonya Lewis Lee at HBO’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency premiere.

Board Concern

Michael Gross’s exposé of the Met, Rogues’ Gallery, has raised the hackles of its board.


Tracking the rise of Citi Field.


Alden Ehrenreich played a cross-dressing punk in a movie he made for a bat mitzvah.


Best Bets

New stuff in stores, spa treatments for $50, and more.

The Look Book

“I would describe my style as a French musical from the sixties, because that’s how I want my life to be.”

The Restaurant Review

At Bar Breton, Michelin-starred chef Cyril Renaud trades haute cuisine for bistro cooking.

In Season

Is there another fruit besides the blood orange that elicits such a pleasurable response by slicing into it?

A Handmade Tale

Shopping the Etsy empire.

Bad News Up North

In a season of sinking sales volume, Harlem’s been hit extra-hard.


Blitzkrieg Bop

Synthesizers, dreamy effects, disco beats! What the heck happened to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

The Fellowship of “The Ring”

As the Met retires its graybeard production, the Wagner cult will be in full force.

Graphic Violence

Mark Essen’s brutal, lo-fi video games are about to make him an art-world star.

The Theater Review

Actors trump material in the theatrical smackdown God of Carnage and the more muted Impressionism.

Funny Girls

Leslie Kritzer, star of Off Broadway’s Rooms, has a whole other career as diva slayer.

The Movie Review

Superbad’s director trades salacious for affecting with his coming-of-age comedy Adventureland.

In the Name of Gob: Will Arnett

To his fans, Will Arnett will always be Gob.

Bill and Kristen’s Excellent Adventure

The SNL co-stars take their role-playing to the amusement park in the movie Adventureland.


Anselmo’s Fire

New York’s first pizzas were baked in coal-fired ovens, which are now a relative rarity.


Comments: Week of April 6, 2009

Readers sound off on AIG executives, home birth, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 6, 2009

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

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