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June 15, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Best Doctors 2009

Our list of the city’s 1,107 finest practitioners as selected by their peers.
Plus: Doctors’ own tales of their first time handling some massively stressful situations—removing a brain tumor, transplanting a heart, treating a gunshot wound, and more—by themselves.
On the Cover: Illustration by Rodrigo Corral Design for New York Magazine. Photograph by Simon Lee.

Features

The Reintroduction of Kirsten Gillibrand

After a shaky first hundred days, the junior senator from New York is trying to start over.

Class of ’09

What the graduates of ten schools think about the crazy world they just inherited.

Barging In to Venice

The Brooklyn artist Swoon and her merry band of anarchists from deepest Bushwick are invading the Venice Biennale this week—on boats built from garbage. New York City garbage.

Intelligencer

Next Stop: The Seventies?

A comparison of Pelham eras.

Stonewall Revisionism

Does it matter who claims the history?

Ommm Sweaty

Saluting yoga entrepreneur Jois.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Prosecutor As Book Publicist

Was Fitzgerald libeled?

Down by the Sea

Photographer Nathan Kensinger documents forgotten parts of New York City.

154 Minutes With Matthew Modine

The actor and activist wants to make the world a greener place.

Will Chelsea Wed at Vernon’s?

Martha’s Vineyard will be home to a Democratic royal wedding.

Back and Forth

Bennett Marcus asked Marc Jacobs how Nacho Figueras stacks up against Prince Harry.

Rupe, Brangelina Beached Here

Rupert and Wendi Murdoch have put their North Shore summer getaway on the market.

First Bite

Nine-year-old Emma Kenney made a short movie about a vampire named Francesca.

Columns

Thank Bernanke

It is the once-maligned Federal Reserve chairman who has saved us from the second Great Depression.

Strategist

Best Bets

Golf's Grand Slam on Long Island, free Water Taxi rides, and more.

The Look Book

“I’ve written about 3,000 pages, so either it’s more than one book or it needs a lot of editing.”

The Restaurant Review

L.A. chef Govind Armstrong’s New York outpost is an awkward, noisy transplant.

In Season

For herring lovers, June is the busiest month.

One Man’s Treasure

Richard Lee wants to be a minimalist. There’s just too much great stuff in his apartment.

Culture

The Grateful Near-Dead

How a heart attack gave a punk-rocker, the Giraffes’ Aaron Lazar, a new lease on life.

The Movie Review

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is not worth running down a flight of subway-station stairs for.

Jailhouse Rules

Chandra Wilson on Chicago and burnout victims.

Elevated

The twin pleasures of the High Line: a petite new park, and a district of lively architecture.

The Art Review

Charles Ray’s minimalist installations are as mind-blowing as any hallucinogen.

I Smell a Story: Chandler Burr

Burr tried to explain himself to Boris Kachka.

Neck and Neck

True Blood’s Stephen Moyer has a peculiar gig: playing a vampire who’s also a likable lead.

Agenda

The Brewhaha

Daniel Boulud keeps threatening to go downscale and DBGB Kitchen and Bar is the closest he’s come yet.

Departments

Comments: Week of June 15, 2009

Readers sound off on economic recovery, Condé Nast, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 15, 2009

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

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