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April 19, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Best Places to Live in NYC

Fifty ’hoods from across the five boroughs ranked, considering factors from housing stock to nightlife, by the statistical analyst Nate Silver; the mutual contempt between Williamsburg’s two primary populations; the quest to define, create, and sell a new neighborhood in the middle of Manhattan; and much, much more.


Test: How Clean Is Our Water?

Here, what we found in your water in infinitesimal amounts.

The Shrine of St. Vincent’s

The doomed hospital was ground zero for the AIDS epidemic. And now it’ll be condos?

Divey League

Breaking the college-spending cycle.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Lily Tomlin’s Damages

Lily Tomlin on being cast as Marilyn Tobin in the FX series 'Damages.'

49 Minutes With Paul Verhoeven

The auteur of Showgirls wants to make a movie about Jesus.


The Best Bet

Isabel Marant opens in Soho, a week full of sales, and more.

The Look Book

"My first name means 'the crown will overcome,' and my last name means 'open your eyes and see the crown.'”

The Bazaar’s New Beat

The clothes demand that you dance—somewhere, soon, and with abandon.

The Restaurant Review

The Highlands gives the gourmet treatment to another oft-maligned cuisine.

In Season Recipe

The pullet egg makes for an extra-creamy and delicious “yolk flan.”


Animal Magnetism

You may never understand Sarah Silverman, but her new memoir, The Bedwetter, explains a lot.

The Art Review

I found something to like about Marlene Dumas.

The Movie Review

Exit Through the Gift Shop was going to be a documentary about a graffiti artist. Then he and the director swapped jobs.

Up in Smoke: Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver on playing a troubled former sailor in the indie film Handsome Harry.


With Kick-Ass, Christopher Mintz-Plasse kicks McLovin to the curb.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

A no-frills guide to the spring fiction shelf.

Mailer’s Women: The Posthumous Brawl

What the two more recent tell-alls have in common.


Pedigreed Dogs

Fette Sau's owners are turning their attention to other regional gems at St. Anselm.


Comments: Week of April 19, 2010

Readers sound off on Rachel Uchitel, CNN, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 19, 2010

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

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