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.
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 politics at ground zero have been painfully difficult. But its construction demands may be even worse.
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Larry Summers, relentlessly smart and just as abrasive, saved Elena Kagan’s career.
The price of perfect.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Gay guys who love ex-girls, and other Brooklyn permutations.
The actor talks about greed, playing the bad guy, and his troubled son, Cameron.
Rem D Koolhaas's block heels, the Rug Company gets a face-lift, and more.
"I thought, You know what? I’m going to kill it with cuteness today. "
Good food and great atmosphere make the Smile a perfect pit stop.
Robert Newton's notion of “cleaned-up Southern” is what will be showcased at his first restaurant, Seersucker.
Sweet and plump, wild blue mussels straight from Long Island Sound are here.
An up-to-the-moment manual for the New York City drinker.
On the return of bidding wars and how to avoid one.
Sex columnist Dan Savage takes his husband and son to a musical about themselves.
Singer, dancer, and arts impresario, Janelle Monae is both a throwback and explosively original.
Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood steals from a rich legacy while ripping off poor moviegoers.
"The guy in ‘Jizz in My Pants’ who’s not Andy Samberg.”
The untamed beauty of Monet’s last paintings.
The people to see at P.S.1.
Readers sound off on LeBron James, Uniqlo, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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