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.
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.
In which we invite seven writers to submit short stories featuring contemporary political figures. (And you can play, too.)
Last year, NYPD officers were involved in 105 shooting incidents, the fewest on record.
Decadence returns to Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Is the economy back? The art world sure hopes so!
An anti-labor party.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
John Paulson’s grumpy market advantage.
The longtime anchor is free at last to crusade for his country and peddle his vanity merch.
Paul Auster likes French girls on bicycles, isn’t afraid to be alone.
Why putting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial downtown is the right thing for the U.S.—and the city.
Glasses for a fine single malt, the end-of-year new-store boom, and more.
“I like wearing one-pieces. If I can’t wear leotards, I want something resembling a leotard.”
Interior designer Harry Heissmann’s new office packs his design philosophy into 400 compact square feet.
Tony May’s SD26 trips over gimmicks, while Abe & Arthur’s produces decent food amid meatpacking glitz.
It defies logic, but this year, two local farms brought ginger to market.
Week of November 30, 2009: East Side Social Club.
As the coffee scene grows ever more specialized, one restaurant group searches for less common grounds.
A tiny meat counter in Boerum Hill introduces deliphiles to pastrami’s Canadian cousin.
Where are sellers hungriest to make a deal?
Emily Blunt trades Prada for prudery to play a young queen.
How Colin Farrell and Jude Law are restoring their images with humble turns as supporting men.
The age-old dilemma: What movie will Dad not hate? Is there any film the whole family can agree on?
With Broken Embraces, Almodóvar gets his most ravishing performance from Penélope Cruz.
The German master deploys ultrapowerful technique to evoke 9/11.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play is pure pleasure. Plus: The strains of Ragtime.
Since the age of 18, Laura Benanti has been working at a breakneck pace.
Todd Oldham is creating art nerds, one kid at a time.
From the House of the Dead comes alive at the Met.
East Village sandwich shop Porchetta offfers a turkey alternative for Thanksgiving.
Readers sound off on Twilight, the Knicks, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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