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May 4, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The Bargain Hunter’s Handbook

The world is on sale. But what to buy? We look at the fields of real estate, art, and securities to distinguish the good bargains from the bad, and to assess what might be worthy investments if held for the long haul. Including advice for first-time home buyers, ten stocks recommended by ten professionals, and art that is now (at least somewhat) cheaper than before.


A Nonfiction Marriage

After the massage parlors, after the affair, after the scandalous book that nearly broke up his family, Gay Talese is writing a new opus—about his relationship with his wife.

The Let’s-Just-Party-Boy

Andrew W.K. and the democratization of clubland.


The Plague of Homers

There have been 26 home runs in the new Yankee Stadium’s first six games, a record for a new stadium.


As Dick Cheney strikes back on TV, his cinema-villain alter ego remains up for grabs.

Rudy’s Rope-a-Dope Scheme

Avoid Cuomo, be gov?

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Newtown Pippin: The Big Apple’s Apple?

Will the Newtown Pippin be the city's official apple?

Missed Connections

On being Markoff’s fiancée.

112 Minutes With Julian Niccolini

The mocking ringmaster of The Four Seasons power lunch tries to keep customers in the seats for another 50 years.

James Franco’s Anti-Self

As if James Franco weren’t already a same-sex heartthrob after Milk, his student films are inspired by gay poetry.

Back and Forth

At the premiere of Tyson, Ice-T and Coco talked to Jada Yuan about the problems of having a posse.

Radio Girl

Sixteen-year-old Keili Hamilton is the youngest D.J. in WFMU’s history.


The Best Bet

High fashion at Port Authority, new stuff in stores, and more.

The Look Book

"If I get in a cab, they’ll say, ‘Where to, ma’am?’ or ‘Hi, lady’—stuff like that."

Not Your Father’s Bowling Night

From a rocking new alley in Brooklyn to glammed-up lanes on the far West Side, the city’s bowling digs are getting a very modern makeover.

The Restaurant Review

At the new incarnation of the famed Village tavern, the veteran restaurateur gets the faux-speakeasy genre right.

In Season

Plug in your microwave oven and stand back, it’s asparagus season.

Last Noodle Standing

Four starchy-food aficionados determine the best dried pasta in town.

The Liquor Authority

Ssäm Bar gets cocktails and big ice, but don’t plan to meet there for drinks.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 4, 2009: Sazón.

Save the Date

Lovers of German art and Austrian wine will want to reserve a seat at Café Sabarsky on April 29.


Ballad of a Nonagenarian

Happy birthday, Pete Seeger.

The Annotated Artwork: ‘Maelstrom’

How Roxy Paine’s steely foliage sprouted in the Met’s roof garden.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Ryan Reynolds gets the blockbuster (X-Men) and the girl (Scarlett Johansson).

No Limits

The exotic stylings of Jim Jarmusch’s latest film. A cultural primer.

Beauty and the Beast

Actor Eric Bana's directorial debut traces his love affair with his 1974 Ford Falcon XB coupe.

The Theater Review

A marathon viewing of The Norman Conquests.

The Conversation

The co-stars of TV’s Cupid take their chemistry Off Broadway.


Griddle Me This

The annual return of the Red Hook food vendors is not unlike the six-month season at El Bulli.


Comments: Week of May 4, 2009

Readers sound off on the rage of the rich, Dolly Parton, and more.

The Approval Matrix: May 4, 2009

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

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