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June 14, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Best Doctors 2010

Our annual guide to the city’s best medical practitioners as selected by their peers. Plus: Eight doctors tell the stories of their toughest cases, from saving the life of a contract killer to rescuing a friend infected by flesh-eating bacteria to reviving a cricket player hit by lightning. On the Cover: llustration by Rodrigo Corral Design for New York Magazine.


Bernie Madoff, Free at Last

In prison he doesn’t have to hide his lack of conscience. In fact, he’s a hero for it.

The Nanny Uprising

In the struggle over rights for household workers, the political is very personal.

Oracle of the Hardwood

The last great (and good) basketball scout.


The Beaches of Mammon

Sediment from Montauk’s cliffs has swept west in the Atlantic tide, causing the Long Island beach to creep outward.

Peace Talk

After the Gaza-flotilla debacle, where does the conversation about Israel go now?

The Genius Gap

Are boys the second sex?

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Fear in New Orleans.

93 Minutes With Ed Koch

The former mayor is leading an insider’s insurrection against Albany’s corruption.



It’s time for the president to realize: He is the one we’ve been waiting for.


The Best Bet

Fair-trade slip-ons, soccer by the Seaport, and more.

The Look Book

Bogart fetishes and over-the-top hair styles— these and other scenes from three New York proms.

The Restaurant Review

A great downtown chef’s first midtown venture loses something in translation.

In Season Recipe

The edible-podded sugar snap is a decidedly nose-to-tail legume.

A First Look at Loreley Williamsburg

Just in time for biergarten season.

Astor Bake Shop Brings Cupcakes and ‘Sloppy Sandwiches’ to Astoria

A new source for red-velvet cake, tres leches con piña, and herbed buttermilk biscuits.

Chefs on the Grill: Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo

The city’s preeminent spokesmen for Italian-American cuisine talk gravy and grandmas.

White But Not Plain

Don’t drop the mustard.

Portrait of a Slow Recovery

Revisiting the casualties of 2008.


The Haunting of Bret Easton Ellis

The author of Less Than Zero returns to the scenes of his crimes, 25 years later.

Safe Sex

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the fabulization of the single girl.

The Evangelist of Broadway

Theater owner Jordan Roth preaches to the unconverted.

The Movie Review

Winter’s Bone pulls incredibly powerful drama out of a grim, hard corner of rural America.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Excited for summer movies yet?

In the Lair of the Vampire

True Blood creator Alan Ball digs into the show’s sets.


Astor Center Celebrates All Things Herring

How, exactly, do you turn herring into powder?


Comments: Week of June 14, 2010

Readers sound off on the Lost finale, the best sandwiches, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 14, 2010

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

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