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January 4, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat 2010

While New Yorkers’ appetite for good food remains unaffected by the economy, our annual survey of must-eats changes with the times. Here, Adam Platt runs down this year’s best spots for splurging on gourmet lobster poêlé or saving on noodles.
On the Cover: Bucatini All’Amatriciana from Maialino. Photograph by Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine.

Features

4,000 Pages and Counting

Larry Kramer’s boundless outrage changed the course of AIDS. Now, with his still-unfinished epic about America’s hidden gay past (George Washington, Alexander Hamilton …), he’s furiously rewriting history again.

The Escape Artist

Ronald Tackmann’s ingenious prison breakouts—and his jailhouse sculptures of soap and toilet paper—have made him a legend of the penal system. It’s freedom he can’t handle.

Herr Zeitgeist

The rise of Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA’s Übersocial, very German curator at large—and the new head of P.S.1.

Intelligencer

Mind the Gap?

How the MTA’s threats have often pushed the political process into action.

Requiem for Rudy

Not the sneering Palin pal of recent years—the one who changed the city, endorsed Mario Cuomo, and led after 9/11.

Rip Van Ravitch

He came back to Albany to find everything changed. Not in a good way.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Et Tu, Guido?

The sappy truth about Jersey Shore.

108 Minutes With Maggie Gyllenhaal

At home for the holidays with a general sense of nouveau-Brooklyn well-being.

Escape From Soho House!

Why Soho House's former director of operations Mark Somen left for Nairobi.

Columns

Let the Good Times Roll

Might the recovery be more robust than widely expected? Wall Street’s most respected pessimist thinks so.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Quick-setting kitchen and bath caulk, Uniqlo's Heattech tops, and more.

The Look Book

“My friend invited me back to 1Oak tonight, but I said no. Even if I don’t get robbed, I’m not going back in there!”

Building Blocks

Christopher Coleman’s bright Williamsburg one-bedroom.

Union Square Wonderland

A sprawling new state-of-the-art playground that’s both cognitively stimulating and ridiculously fun.

New Neighbors From Far Away

Euros and rubles and loonies are fueling a lot of deals right now.

Culture

Boy Wonder

Michael Cera doesn’t care if you mock him for playing an innocent adolescent. He’d prefer that you do.

Radical Shakespeare

A young playwright exiles King Lear from his own play.

The Movie Review

Robert Downey Jr. brightens a grim Sherlock; Michael Haneke’s White Ribbon is just a grind.

Conversation: Like Father, Like Son

Director Jason Reitman is an early favorite for Up in the Air. Jada Yuan spoke to Jason and his father, Ivan—the film’s producer.

The View From His Window

Photographer W. Eugene Smith’s infatuated vision.

The Art Review

Has Gabriel Orozco’s interesting weirdness turned into plain old shtick?

The Classical Music Review

A director melds classic poetry and music, seeking more than the sum of the parts.

Agenda

Local Heros

Café Boulud alums Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone open Torrisi Italian Specialties.

Departments

Comments: Week of January 4, 2010

Readers sound off on soup, gentrification, and more.

The Approval Matrix

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

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