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August 3, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Tenacious G

Inside (and outside) Goldman Sachs as it watches its golden reputation tarnish, suffering a public drubbing for doing what it’s always done: making money any way it can.
By Joe Hagan
On the Cover: Illustration by Darrow for New York Magazine.


Follow the Pension Money

Rumpled political consultant Hank Morris had the bright idea of leveraging his connections to sell access to the state’s retirement funds. The scheme made him—along with an all-star cast of powerful New Yorkers—a lot of money. But it also may have made him a felon.

Lust for Lulu

How the yoga brand Lululemon turned fitness into a spectator sport.


The Answer Men

McKinsey & Co. are supposed to know it all.


Centrist Democrats think that going slow on health care is good politics—but if Obama loses, they lose.


Mets play dirty game on, off field.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Replacement Mural

A look at the Os Gemeos mural going up at Houston and Bowery.

Who Likes Mike?

Volunteering for Bloomberg.

74 Minutes With Gloria Vanderbilt

The former lover of Brando and Sinatra shocked her friends (and her son) with her dirty novel.

Giamatti’s Soul Patch

Paul Giamatti’s on the lookout for amputees.

A Year in Bushwick

Dustin Payseur was about to move back home to North Carolina—but then he got a record deal.


Best Bets

Scanning the sales on Lexington, a parkside "speakeasy," and more.

The Look Book

“I wear a lot of flowers in my hair. These orchids are pretty and feminine and perfect for the summer.”

Hiding From the High Line

Marianne Boesky’s terrace is inches from the most popular public space in New York.

Put Your Stoop to Work

A booming secondhand market is making for a midsummer stoop-sale bonanza.

The Restaurant Review

With Andrew Carmellini at the stove, De Niro’s second try at the Greenwich Hotel hits the bull’s-eye.

In Season

Oregano, contrary to popular belief, is not only found in shakers at pizza parlors.

Chemistry in a Cone

If that scoop of ice cream doesn’t melt, isn’t cold, and tastes like an everything bagel, is it still ice cream?

Searching for a Date

Are prices at 2007 levels? Or 2005? Earlier? Finding the magic number.


Justify My Love

A former fan remembers why she fell for Madonna, and tries to learn to care again.

The Book Review

Unplug the phone. There’s a new William T. Vollmann book.

Strange Cargo

Inside the harrowing world of Sister Ping, Chinatown’s human smuggler.

Where the Snakehead Slithered

Key locations from Patrick Radden Keefe's The Snakehead.

Liar, Liar: Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt’s 2001 movie, Kissing Jessica Stein, made bi-curiousness cool.

The Movie Review

Judd Apatow’s cancer comedy is DOA. Plus, the year’s best caper flick is a documentary.

Jonah Hill: Stand-up Guy

Funny People is Jonah Hill’s third Judd Apatow film and his fourth with co-star Seth Rogen.

The Godfather

John Cazale got famous playing Fredo Corleone. Was he also the greatest actor of his generation?



For five consecutive Thursdays, the Museum of Arts and Design hosts MADCrush, a pop-up wine bar.


Comments: Week of August 3, 2009

Readers sound off on the Williamsburg condo bust, our annual Eat Cheap list, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 3, 2009

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

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