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October 12, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The 0.5 Pandemic

Don’t panic about H1N1’s return—or the dangers of taking a vaccine for it—unless it mutates. Then: Panic! By Stephen S. Hall
Also: What to know about the vaccine.
On the Cover: Photograph by Horacio Salinas for New York Magazine.


The Hunted

From Baghdad—frightening reports of gay pogroms, where homosexual men are targeted, tortured, slayed. From New York—a scurry to find those same men before they are killed, and shepherd them to safety.


The age-defying shortstop has put the Yankees back on top by being the best version of his old self.

The Smoke-Shop Signals of the Unkechaug

Mayor Bloomberg has declared war on a tiny Long Island Indian Tribe over cigarette taxes. Their chief says it’s merely a chapter in a sad 400-year story.


Manatee on the Run

Ilya, a Florida-based manatee, is heading toward New York Harbor.

The Rise of John Liu

An Asian-American politician arrives.


Sotomayor’s original intent.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Frank McCourt, Teacher

A new high school.

93 Minutes With Corey Glover and Vernon Reid

Living Colour has a new album, a few regrets, and no intention of ever wearing neon spandex again.

Monty Python's Ongoing Circus

It’s been 40 years since Monty Python befuddled its first TV audiences.

Son of Spike

Ray Tintori’s short film won a Sundance prize, and his music videos caught Spike Jonze’s eye.


The Best Bet

A gentler juice fast, new design books, and more.

The Look Book

“I love mixing patterns and colors, stripes and plaids. Look at what I’m wearing!”

The Restaurant Review

Aureole’s reincarnation is a dissipated branch of Charlie Palmer’s empire.

In Season

New York State Concords have arrived at the Greenmarket.

Restaurant Openings

Week of October 12, 2009: The Crosby Bar, the Breslin Bar & Dining Room, and Henry Public.

Can Olive-Oil Cake Save Coffee-Shop Cuisine?

A humble treat emerges among the scones and croissants.

The Everything Guide to the Bike Commute

Bicycling to work in this city was once an act of near lunacy. That was before the Bloomberg administration went on a bike-lane spree.

Hey, This Might Work

Here are six fresh unveilings—along with the sellers’ strategies for managing a tough market.


A New Kind of Boom

Despite the dire predictions, galleries and artists are busting out.

A Velvet Revolution

Alan Gilbert starts reforming the New York Philharmonic. Quietly.

The Movie Review

An Education teaches us that hype can be true (Carey Mulligan is charming!) and still just hype.

Rockin’ Roller: Ari Graynor

For her latest role, in Whip It, Graynor plays hard-core party girl Eva Destruction.

The Feminist Mystique

Julia Stiles embraces David Mamet’s rage.

The Theater Review

A Steady Rain is your standard TV police drama. Plus, white-boomer manifesto, Superior Donuts.


The Big Meatball

The New York City Wine & Food Festival begins with a bacon tasting and ends with a meatball orgy.


Comments: Week of October 12, 2009

Readers sound off on Madoff victims, fried chicken, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 12, 2009

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

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