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June 1, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Twilight of the Tummlers

Woody Allen and Larry David's new film, Whatever Works, is both a greeting and a farewell, a film that marks Allen's return to the city as well as a reminder that a certain kind of comedy has vanished (may it rest in peace).
On the Cover: Photograph by Nigel Parry for New York Magazine

Features

Xanadu, CT

The most ostentatious mansion in Greenwich history managed to survive the outrage. Now, will it survive the bust?

Five-Year-Olds at the Gate

Why are Manhattan's elementary schools turning away kindergartners? How the Bloomberg administration missed the baby boom it helped create.

Intelligencer

Plagues of New York

A look at the city’s health-crisis history.

The Real McCain

Why is Meghan McCain so popular in the press? Perhaps she’s who the media thought her dad really was.

For the Fans

The no-nonsense sports nut Jeff Gruden replaced Tony Kornheiser in ESPN’s 'Monday Night Football.'

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Gay Samurai

Rodger McFarlane, caretaker to the end.

39 Minutes With Ron Perelman

How the famously controlling billionaire teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi, Renée Zellweger, and Larry Gagosian to own a Margaritaville in the Hamptons.

Gastro Clubbing!

Noah Tepperberg to open $2.5 million ultralounge in Chelsea.

Back and Forth

At a benefit for the Kitchen, Jada Yuan talked about experimental art with designers Phillip Lim and Richard Chai.

Babyface

Spermine, a powerful anti-oxidant originally discovered in, yes, human sperm, is said to diminish wrinkles and smooth the skin.

Albany Calls

Christopher Sealey wonders what the New York State Senate was thinking when it hired him as its first creative director.

Columns

Obama’s Real Hundred Days

With health care and climate change on the agenda, the next hundred are more important than the first. Get ready for the Summer of Shove.

Strategist

Best Bets

A $10 cruise, bargain cashmere, and more.

The Look Book

“My daughter tells me, ‘She’s not my sister, she’s a bird.’ But I think in fact there’s jealousy there.”

You’ll See It Everywhere

A few pieces that catch on and suddenly define the season.

The Underground Gourmet Review

A cozy Argentine grill breaks the beef-and-empanadas mold.

In Season

Rhubarb is the locavore pastry chef's ramp.

Restaurant Openings

Week of June 1, 2009: Civetta and Jo's.

Square Roots

A new joint gives hope (and sfincione) to Sicilian loyalists.

Rent Now!

The global economic meltdown means incredible last-minute deals.

Culture

This Thing of Hers

With Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco finds the perfect antidote to Carmela Soprano.

Fear and ‘Glee’ at the Upfronts

A week spent watching the short-term future of television. And eating lots of shrimp.

Must-See TV?

Fall’s new gambits.

Swedish Modern

The Cardigans’ Nina Persson makes A Camp in New York.

Command Performances

As the Queen of Scots or Mrs. Churchill, Janet McTeer demands attention.

The Smell of Music

Green Aria is a new opera in which the nose plays as big a role as the ears.

The Movie Review

Up is as dark and complex and lovely as Wall-E was—with the extra charm of 3-D glasses.

Hell Hath No Fury Like Sam Raimi

The filmmaker spoke with Vulture about his latest film's rating and dragging Alison Lohman through hell.

Agenda

Let BBQ Season Begin

Char No. 4 chef Matt Greco makes good use of his basement smoker and new patio on Wednesday nights through Labor Day.

Departments

Comments: Week of June 1, 2009

Readers sound off on distraction, Janette Sadik-Kahn, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 1, 2009

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

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