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.
A timeline of the Cipriani family's troubles.
The right’s unrequited crush on Bruce Springsteen.
Bloomberg and Klein’s data troubles.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
The displacement myth.
The former duchess on Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and more.
Famous skate rat Tony Hawk, 41, hopes you buy his video game.
Is McCain attacking Obama and toeing the GOP line out of principle? Or for revenge against the man who beat him?
Elizabeth Street bounces back, $1 DVDs, and more.
Churchgoing Etta J. King and Francis Chambliss.
Le Caprice, in the newly redone Pierre hotel, offers a modern take on traditional European charm.
Wallsé chef Kurt Gutenbrunner grew up in Austria, where roast goose at Christmas is traditional.
Soup is having something of a moment.
In Harlem, a few brownstones have slipped back into six figures—though not every one is in turnkey shape.
Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury on a lifetime in theater.
Nine films in the year-end rush that say, Hey, Oscar, look at me!
And in Omer Fast’s disturbing videos, really out there.
The Black Keys have produced the grittiest hip-hop since 1990—with a little help from …
A lot, actually. After a slow start, Kenan Thompson of SNL is having a moment.
The Momofuku Noodle Bar team has unleashed three types of tamales on their late-night menu.
Readers sound off on the aughts, Chelsea Clinton, and more.
The winning entries from our Political Fictions contest.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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