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July 13, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Pedro Espada’s Self-Coronation

It’s a truism that the conniving state senator’s Albany coup had one constituency in mind: himself. But he contains multitudes. By Chris Smith
On the Cover: State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. Photograph by Nigel Parry for New York Magazine.


Poor Ruth

Why does Bernie’s better half inspire such vitriol?

The NYC Reality Freak Show

In NYC Prep, as in The Real Housewives of New York City, Manhattan is a kind of moral hell, corrupted by money and power and baubles and drinks. Is it really this bad?


Life Without Vicodin?

Last week, a federal advisory panel recommended that Vicodin be banned. Why?

Cherchez Le Bron

Knicks’ draft dodge.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Mincing Minstrelsy

Are we laughing with Brüno or at him?

Crown Heights

The Statue of Liberty’s crown was reopened on July 4, for the first time since 9/11.

49 Minutes With Levi Johnston

The most famous father in Wasilla talks about his possible TV fame and tattoo removal.

Enter the UFC’s Crossover Dragon

Georges St-Pierre strides into a Thai-boxing gym in Chinatown sounding like he’s just defied death.

Party Girl

Robert Suchan took a cue from his Aunt Barbara and is now the nation’s top-selling Tupperware consultant.


Best Bets

Groovy mobiles, a free spa day, and more.

The Look Book

“I was always told that because I was born in the nineties, I couldn’t appreciate Michael Jackson.”

The Restaurant Review

With its lofty ambitions (and prices), Michael White’s Marea wantonly defies the recession.

The Urban Forager: His Nightly Bread

At 11 p.m., the pizzaioli at Toby’s call it a night. Three hours later, Matthew J. Tilden gets to work.

Your Oven’s on Vacation

Three make-ahead summer party menus that won’t trap you in a hot, tiny kitchen.

Fantasy Island. Seven Minutes From Downtown.

Stunning views, sublime biking, verdant picnic spots. Welcome to Governors Island.

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

Lenders and co-ops are tightening up—but it’s hard to say no to cold, hard cash.


Stalking the Stranger

Albert Camus and the pleasures of literary obsession.

The Book Review

Finally, the great New York (graphic) novel.

The TV Review

HBO supplies the season’s guiltiest pleasure, in addition to plain old guilt.

Gaga for P.S. 22

A fifth-grade chorus gets famous, with a little help from Perez Hilton.

Picture-Perfect Playlists

Cool summer sounds from four hot bands for up on the roof.

The Art Review

In Belgium 120 years ago, James Ensor let his freak flag fly.

The Classical Music Review

Who says a composer has to be dead to sell records?

The Movie Review

Guerrilla comic Sacha Baron Cohen takes riotous aim at homophobia.

Toward a Smarter Summer

Five film options for the more discerning filmgoer.



Cavionola's Gourmet Cheese Shop in Sag Harbor has expanded with takeout.


Comments: Week of July 13, 2009

Readers sound off on the gay generation gap, the racial politics of Martha's Vineyard, and more.

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Our deliberately oversimplified guide to his life and influence.

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