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May 24, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Televisionaries

How did TV get so good? Our long list of answers ranges from the general (the sorry state of network economics, the decline of independent film) to the specific (the second-season changes to Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, RuPaul’s compelling transparency about product placement, Justified’s bold decision to adapt a literary character by making him more complicated).
By Michael Hirschorn, Adam Sternbergh, Emily Nussbaum, and Mark Harris
On the Cover: Photograph by Jake Chessum for New York Magazine.

Features

Boss Kelly

The long-serving NYPD commissioner is autocratic, dismissive of civil-liberties concerns—and effective. Is that a reasonable trade-off to keep the city safe?

The Complex

The politics at ground zero have been painfully difficult. But its construction demands may be even worse.

Intelligencer

The Tibetocracy

This week, His Holiness returns to the city for four days of talks at Radio City Music Hall.

Judging Kagan

Larry Summers, relentlessly smart and just as abrasive, saved Elena Kagan’s career.

Mutant Banks

The price of perfect.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Transmen and the City

Gay guys who love ex-girls, and other Brooklyn permutations.

21 Minutes With Michael Douglas

The actor talks about greed, playing the bad guy, and his troubled son, Cameron.

Strategist

Best Bets

Rem D Koolhaas's block heels, the Rug Company gets a face-lift, and more.

The Look Book

"I thought, You know what? I’m going to kill it with cuteness today. "

The Underground Gourmet Review

Good food and great atmosphere make the Smile a perfect pit stop.

Restaurant Openings

Robert Newton's notion of “cleaned-up Southern” is what will be showcased at his first restaurant, Seersucker.

In Season Recipe

Sweet and plump, wild blue mussels straight from Long Island Sound are here.

The Thirsty Metropolis

An up-to-the-moment manual for the New York City drinker.

Your Offer Stands! Until It Doesn’t

On the return of bidding wars and how to avoid one.

Culture

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Sex columnist Dan Savage takes his husband and son to a musical about themselves.

Sister From Another Planet

Singer, dancer, and arts impresario, Janelle Monae is both a throwback and explosively original.

The Movie Review

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood steals from a rich legacy while ripping off poor moviegoers.

Jizzy With It: Jorma Taccone

"The guy in ‘Jizz in My Pants’ who’s not Andy Samberg.”

The Art Review

The untamed beauty of Monet’s last paintings.

The New York Five

The people to see at P.S.1.

Department

Comments: Week of May 24, 2010

Readers sound off on LeBron James, Uniqlo, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 24, 2010

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

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