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November 30, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Show Me the Money

AIG’s new CEO, Robert Benmosche, is fighting government pay czar Kenneth Feinberg—and the populist wind at his back—for every penny he can get to pay his furious traders, who are threatening to walk and take the U.S. economy down with them. By Gabriel Sherman
On the Cover: Photographs by Donat for New York Magazine. Baby head by C.J. Goldman. (Head was originally used as a prop on a Canadian children’s-television show.) Model: Jonathan Finkelstein. Go here to watch the baby dance.


Repeat Defender

After taming crime in Los Angeles, Bill Bratton has won over the skeptics who doubted his success in New York. But all he really wants is his old job back.

The Political Fictions Project

In which we invite seven writers to submit short stories featuring contemporary political figures. (And you can play, too.)


Bullet Points

Last year, NYPD officers were involved in 105 shooting incidents, the fewest on record.

Holiday in the Sun

Decadence returns to Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Is the economy back? The art world sure hopes so!

Vote for Business!

An anti-labor party.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Cranky Science

John Paulson’s grumpy market advantage.

127 Minutes With Lou Dobbs

The longtime anchor is free at last to crusade for his country and peddle his vanity merch.

Austerity Program

Paul Auster likes French girls on bicycles, isn’t afraid to be alone.


Trying Question

Why putting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial downtown is the right thing for the U.S.—and the city.


Best Bets

Glasses for a fine single malt, the end-of-year new-store boom, and more.

The Look Book

“I like wearing one-pieces. If I can’t wear leotards, I want something resembling a leotard.”

Workspace As Calling Card

Interior designer Harry Heissmann’s new office packs his design philosophy into 400 compact square feet.

The Restaurant Review

Tony May’s SD26 trips over gimmicks, while Abe & Arthur’s produces decent food amid meatpacking glitz.

In Season

It defies logic, but this year, two local farms brought ginger to market.

Restaurant Openings

Week of November 30, 2009: East Side Social Club.

Café Variety

As the coffee scene grows ever more specialized, one restaurant group searches for less common grounds.

Northern Exposure

A tiny meat counter in Boerum Hill introduces deliphiles to pastrami’s Canadian cousin.

The Non-Hot Hot Spots

Where are sellers hungriest to make a deal?


Eminent Victorian

Emily Blunt trades Prada for prudery to play a young queen.

Is Supporting Actor the Charm?

How Colin Farrell and Jude Law are restoring their images with humble turns as supporting men.

A Holiday Movie for Every Stocking

The age-old dilemma: What movie will Dad not hate? Is there any film the whole family can agree on?

The Movie Review

With Broken Embraces, Almodóvar gets his most ravishing performance from Penélope Cruz.

The Art Review

The German master deploys ultrapowerful technique to evoke 9/11.

The Theater Review

In the Next Room or the vibrator play is pure pleasure. Plus: The strains of Ragtime.

Up-and-Comer: Laura Benanti

Since the age of 18, Laura Benanti has been working at a breakneck pace.

The Pied Piper of Craft

Todd Oldham is creating art nerds, one kid at a time.

The Classical Music Review

From the House of the Dead comes alive at the Met.


Talk Pork

East Village sandwich shop Porchetta offfers a turkey alternative for Thanksgiving.


Comments: Week of November 30, 2009

Readers sound off on Twilight, the Knicks, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 30, 2009

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

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