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July 20, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Eat Cheap 2009

Our annual selection of the most desirable tacos, pasta, ramen, fish, burgers, happy-hour cocktails, and other food and beverage achievements that can be found at prices that won’t make your head hurt.
Plus: The Great Neoclassical Neapolitan Pizza Revolution
Your guide to the origins, leaders, and principles behind the craze that has, in a simple, radical, and delicious way, transformed the city’s most ubiquitous food.
On the Cover: The Margherita with fresh tomatoes from Fresco (left) and the Margherita from Motorino (right). Photographs by Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine.

Features

The Legacy

Guilty of a shocking crime against his own brother-in-law, real-estate mogul Charles Kushner has been cast out of power. So his son Jared, the 28-year-old Observer owner, has to carry the ambition for the both of them.

The Billyburg Bust

A working-class neighborhood became a bohemian theme park, which in turn became a fantasyland for luxury-condo developers. Now, littered with half-built shells of a vanished boom, Williamsburg is looking like something else entirely: Miami.

Gangster Surf

Can Bobby Vaughn, a Californian with a shady past, turn Rockaway locals into professional surfers?

Intelligencer

A Brief History of Slime

The area around the Gowanus Canal is the only underdeveloped area in brownstone Brooklyn.

In Defense of Narcissism

Palin and the pseudoscience of diagnoses.

Black or White

Vibe and Michael Jackson.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Also-Rans

Roddick, the Salieri of tennis.

The Last Supper at Joe Jr’s

Over the years we didn’t know each other by name, but by where we sat, and what we ordered.

28 Minutes With Spike Lee

Back on the block in Bed-Stuy where he filmed Do the Right Thing twenty years ago.

Judy Collins on Heartache and Magritte

Judy Collins is walking through the Met when a Monet landscape makes her think of Woodstock.

Virginity and the City

Elna Baker is a 27-year-old Mormon living in New York whose stand-up comedy landed her a book deal.

Culture

The Legacy of Flipper

Ric O’Barry trained TV’s most famous dolphin. In a new film, he atones for that sin.

What to Read on Vacation

Selections from the five most enticing reads of the summer. Plus: Twelve bonus recommendations!

Savage Beauty

In Death in Love, Jacqueline Bisset proves that even monsters can be breathtaking.

The Movie Review

The latest Harry Potter is thrilling and chilling. Plus, the sparkling, cold (500) Days of Summer.

Hopeless Romantic: Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy has cornered the market on floppy-haired British heartthrobs.

Simple Pleasures

The kids in the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an exuberant, unpretentious tonic for hard times.

Agenda

The Bean Scene

The new Third Rail Coffee, a cubbyhole café near NYU, takes a fresh approach.

Departments

Comments: Week of July 20, 2009

Readers sound off on Ruth Madoff, NYC Prep, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 20, 2009

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

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