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September 21, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

High-Wire Act

The actor once known as Doogie Howser now plays a womanizing cad on How I Met Your Mother, hosts the Emmys next week, and is about to become a Hollywood leading man. Incidentally, he’s gay. Neil Patrick Harris upends the conventional wisdom: It was after he came out that his career really took off.
On the Cover: Photograph by Art Streiber for New York Magazine.


The Splitting Image of Pot

On the one hand, marijuana is practically legal—more mainstream, accessorized, and taken for granted than ever before. On the other, kids are getting busted in the city in record numbers. Guess which kids.

Krishna Gone Missing

A Nepalese woman’s 53 hours lost on the streets of Queens.


Will Rule for Food

Two recruiters agreed to give opinions on job prospects for unemployed Masters of the Universe.

Textbook Obama

Which predecessor does his rhetoric most nearly echo? The data don’t lie: It’s Ronald Reagan.

Basket Case

Bruce Ratner SHoPs for respectability.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Kennedy Who Said No

After the dynasty.

86 Minutes With Alec Baldwin

The Philharmonic’s announcer on his Mahler-conversion moment and his fantasy wife.

Has Fashion Week Overshot the Runway?

There’s no cash-for-clunkers initiative to save the fashion industry.

No Whitney Port

NYU grad Sean Patrick Murray, 22, thinks he can do MTV one better.


Lehman’s Lessons Learned

One year later, what the collapse of the banking colossus has taught us.


Best Bets

Tasting beers by the dozen, new stuff in stores, and more.

The Look Book

“I skateboarded my whole life, so I’m pretty good with the balance thing.”

The Restaurant Review

With chef Dan Silverman at the helm, the Standard Grill rises above the faux-bistro competition.

In Season

Labor Day has come to mean the end of summer, but some warm-weather indulgences linger on.

Intentionally Temporary

The pop-up shops and food trucks of guerilla salesmanship.

Safe Isn’t So Safe

Those neighborhoods that never see a downturn? They’re seeing a downturn.


Scenes From a Marriage

Julianna Margulies enters Silda Spitzer territory with The Good Wife.

Really Good Karma

Ashton Kutcher’s new show explores the beautiful life. And he should know.

The Movie Review

Bright Star is Jane Campion’s pungent ode to the tragic affair of John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

Gerard Butler’s Road to Sudden Overexposure

Our hero is born in Glasgow in 1969.

Honestly Sincere

If the idea of reviving Bye Bye Birdie has you thinking “Camp Spectacular,” please adjust your mind-set.

This Is Michael McKean

The actor serves up redemption in the new Tracy Letts play, Superior Donuts.

The Architecture Review

The new Cooper Union building has it all: drama, elegance, and the most inviting stairs in town.

Getting Cross With David Cross

In his new essay collection, David Cross aims at targets big and small.

Hoboken’s Finest

How New Wave hot dogs Yo La Tengo have survived (and thrived) for 25 years.


Reformed Pie

More than the name has changed at the storefront that housed Una Pizza Napoletana.


Comments: Week of September 21, 2009

Readers sound off on the late-night TV wars, foreclosures, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 21, 2009

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

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