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December 21, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2009

The fifth edition of our annual tribute to the city that makes Paris, London, Shanghai, and the rest look like sleepy backwaters, including: a couple who found love with an assist from Captain Sully; the renter-heroes of Stuy Town; the rat that stole a thousand hearts; culinary improvements on foods that already seemed utterly perfect; the legend of the Dumpster pool; the subway tunnel that will—by God—eventually get done; and much, much more.
On the Cover: Photograph by Mitchell Funk/Getty Images. Typography and heart illustration by Michael De Feo.


Bellini Troubles

A timeline of the Cipriani family's troubles.

Tunnel of Love

The right’s unrequited crush on Bruce Springsteen.

Teaching Moment

Bloomberg and Klein’s data troubles.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

What’s Wrong With Gentrification?

The displacement myth.

46 Minutes With Sarah Ferguson

The former duchess on Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and more.

Still Stoked

Famous skate rat Tony Hawk, 41, hopes you buy his video game.


Party Boy

Is McCain attacking Obama and toeing the GOP line out of principle? Or for revenge against the man who beat him?


Best Bets

Elizabeth Street bounces back, $1 DVDs, and more.

The Look Book

Churchgoing Etta J. King and Francis Chambliss.

The Restaurant Review

Le Caprice, in the newly redone Pierre hotel, offers a modern take on traditional European charm.

In Season

Wallsé chef Kurt Gutenbrunner grew up in Austria, where roast goose at Christmas is traditional.

Super Bowls

Soup is having something of a moment.

A House in Manhattan for Under $1 Million

In Harlem, a few brownstones have slipped back into six figures—though not every one is in turnkey shape.


Side by Side

Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury on a lifetime in theater.

The Movie Review

Nine films in the year-end rush that say, Hey, Oscar, look at me!

The Truth Is Out There

And in Omer Fast’s disturbing videos, really out there.

New York State of Mind

The Black Keys have produced the grittiest hip-hop since 1990—with a little help from …

What Up With Him?

A lot, actually. After a slow start, Kenan Thompson of SNL is having a moment.


The Hottest Tamale

The Momofuku Noodle Bar team has unleashed three types of tamales on their late-night menu.


Comments: Week of December 21, 2009

Readers sound off on the aughts, Chelsea Clinton, and more.

Political Fictions Contest Winners

The winning entries from our Political Fictions contest.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 21, 2009

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

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