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November 9, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Why Is Nancy Pelosi Always Smiling?

Her poll numbers are terrible, she makes even liberals uncomfortable, but she gets the job done. She is, more than most politicians, the exact opposite of her public image, which she manages by being strikingly unaware of what her public image is. By Vanessa Grigoriadis
On the Cover: Nancy Pelosi. Photograph by Marco Grob for New York Magazine.


Another Kind of AIDS Crisis

A striking number of HIV patients are living longer but getting older faster—showing early signs of dementia and bone weakness usually seen in the elderly.

The Real Park Slope Co-op

Do you like your neighbors? Do you wish you knew their names? Would you want to make dinners with them, live with your door open, and vote on every group decision using a system of color-coded cards? These friendly people are building New York’s first co-housing community. Care to join them?


How We Got to Sesame Street

An outline of the show's history as it enters its 40th season.


Mike Bloomberg’s biggest third-term challenge might be asserting real control over the teachers union.

Greenspan’s Underpants

A recession index.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Four-Day Workweek

Getting over overtime.

93 Minutes With Lynn Redgrave

Monday in the park with the veteran actress.

How to Sell an Apocalypse

A gathering of 2012 experts.

Ad Buster

Jordan Seiler, 29, is on a mission to replace outdoor advertisements with art.


Best Bets

Porcelain water filters, artsy book covers, and more.

Thanksgiving Three Ways

Reinterpreting cooking’s most traditional meal.

We All Live in a Bauhaus

The German art school that closed 76 years ago is still determining what your coffee cup looks like.

It’s Not You, It’s Them

What happens when you can qualify for a loan—but the apartment you’re buying can’t?


The Cougar Moment

The best (Samantha Jones) and worst (Cougar Town) of the species.

Stealth By Design

How the city is sneaking great little buildings into unexpected places.

The Movie Review

The violent and shocking Precious should be more moving than it is.

Conversation: All-Access Obama

By the People is not a warts-and-all political exposé.

The 65-Year-Old Virgin

Robert Bergman’s photographs, finally revealed

The Art Review

The Urs Fischer–izing of a four-story institution.

The Book Review

The latest in a bumper crop of books about the ethics of eating animals.

Original Gossip Girls

The return of Maud Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books.


The Pepe’s Challenge

Of all the great pizza rivalries, New York vs. New Haven is the one that really counts.


Comments: Week of November 9, 2009

Readers sound off on Sex Diaries, Neil Simon, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 9, 2009

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

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