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April 12, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Rachel Uchitel Is Not a Madam

There are fortunes to be made getting celebrities to sit on plush chairs and exchange money for vodka—and those transactions are often the backdrop for more-complicated interactions whose rules and risks have been exposed to a great deal of scrutiny thanks to a certain libidinous golfer.
On the Cover: Illustration by Jason Lee. Photograph by Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine.


Mr. Woebegone Goes to Washington

When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place?

Pugnacious D

David Simon hates being pegged as angry, but it’s his fury—and passion and empathy—that made The Wire into such transcendent TV. Now, with Treme, he’s moved from postindustrial Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans, his irascibility very much intact.


The Next Small Thing

The Yotel chain recently announced plans to open an outpost in Times Square.

Don't Cry for CNN

Thirty years ago, CNN, now in decline, was as revolutionary as Google. It had a pretty good run.

Bloomberg’s Inner Circle

The lonely mayor.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Triangle O

Obama is drilling for political gold.

Derek Blasberg’s Lessons for Ladies

The fashion writer and social fixture has taken note of the behavior while hanging with a high-profile set of women.

Alcohol Policy

“It’s like, ‘Let’s give everyone tequila and then try to have this serious debate.’ It just makes no sense.”

66 Minutes With Green Day

Sipping soda with the bratty, poppy punkers as they prepare for their Broadway debut.


Best Bets

Bold PVC peacoats, a neon subway poster, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

"I’m from south Texas, on the border of Mexico."

The Restaurant Review

Two bistros meet the enduring demand for nourishing stews in neighborly settings.

In Season Recipe

The calendar says spring, but the Greenmarket isn’t quite there yet.

Restaurant Openings

Week of April 12, 2010: Má Pêche, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, and Terroir Tribeca.

Trendlet: Hot and Crusty

With a new Gowanus bakeshop, pie is on the rise (again).

Choose Your Own Travel Adventure

The spring tripper’s guide to maximizing every last vacation day.

When Doormen Tweet

Privacy? How old-fashioned. These days, intrabuilding gossip can go global.


Betraying Salinger

I scored the publishing coup of the decade: his final book. And then I blew it.

Devil in a Mermaid

The curious influences of Florence + the Machine.

A Couple of Hams

Broadway’s been very good to Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub. So why not go back?

What Do You See?

A theater critic and an art critic debate a play about Mark Rothko.

Hi, Robot

The history of the vocoder, cryptography’s top-secret funk machine.

The Movie Review

Michel Gondry’s heartrending family documentary. Plus, some mighty dull Titans.


Bread and Chocolate

Your breakfast options have just gotten considerably more interesting.


Comments: Week of April 12, 2010

Readers sound off on Lady Gaga, an Obama slideshow, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 12, 2010

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

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