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March 8, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Raging Septuagenarian

How is Rupert Murdoch, almost 80 years old, dealing with mortality? By trying to take down the world’s most influential newspaper, starting a war with the world’s most powerful tech company, and battling back his own family’s efforts to take control before he’s ready to surrender it.
On the Cover: Photograph by Nigel Parry/CPI Syndication.


The Restaurant Auteur

Keith McNally—of the Odeon, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, and Minetta Tavern fame—is opening a new restaurant. As usual, he thinks it’s going to be a failure.

When the Water Rises

Five architects’ plans for managing a globally warmed future.


The “I Saw My Own Obituary” Society

There's a surprisingly large club of living celebrities who have read about their own deaths.

Following Paterson

Andrew Cuomo has just become the governor-in-waiting. Now his real troubles begin.

Jumping Off the Summit

Obamacare vertigo.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

J.D. Coyote

The thrall of the wild, in Central Park.

61 Minutes With Dakis Joannou

The Greek tycoon hits town for the unveiling of his controversial New Museum show curated by Jeff Koons (who also spruced up his yacht).

Reggie Miller, Knicks Antagonist, Still Sucks

When Reggie Miller walks through the city this week, he’ll be booed and cursed. And he’ll love it.


Best Bets

Wendy Mink's vintage baubles, deep discounts at the Conran Shop, and more.

The Look Book

The green-wearing literary agent Janis Donnaud.

The Great Room

In artist-collector Hunt Slonem’s world, clutter is comfort.

The Restaurant Review

Tom Colicchio helped pioneer the local-and-seasonal craze, but his latest venture feels behind the curve.

In Season Recipe

If you were going to go and have a fruit named after you, you could do a lot worse than the Meyer lemon.

Restaurant Openings

Week of March 8, 2010: The Brindle Room and the Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen.

Squid Row

Once gritty, now gourmet, the Bowery has become the latest restaurant row.

Eight Happy Stories From the Recession

The past year’s price dip allowed these longtime renters to become owners.


Space Cowboy

The loopy oeuvre of Sam Rockwell, America’s sweetest badass.

A Wonderland of Alice

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland novels have inspired more than a century of literature, fashion, art—even crime!

The Movie Review

Tim Burton’s Alice isn’t quite Lewis Carroll’s, but it has its own delightfully garish soul.

Stranded on the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

As Lost lumbers toward its end, fans find themselves … hopeful? Fearful? Confused?

Making a Sinatra Song Dance

Twyla Tharp choreographs seduction.

The Art Review

The Whitney Biennial is thoughtful, humanly scaled, and blessedly low on hype.

Out of a Circle of Friends

Doveman steps gingerly into the spotlight.

The Loser Chronicles

With his new novel, The Ask, Sam Lipsyte finds the funny in failure.


Big Night

After warming up with a daytime menu of sublime subs and antipasti, Torrisi Italian Specialties launches dinner on March 9.


Comments: Week of March 8, 2010

Readers sound off on Christina Hendricks, Gilt Groupe, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 8, 2010

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

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