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July 19, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Eat Cheap 2010

Our guide to living high on the hog without spending like a pig returns: Brooklyn fried chicken, corn tortillas from Corona, surging Sichuan spice joints, and more. By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld.
On the Cover: Photograph by Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine. Food styling by Victoria Escalle/Haley Resources. Makeup by Dora Salgado. Model: Yanna at Parts Models.

Features

What Would a Maverick Do?

John McCain, still at war.

Checkout Time Is 4 A.M.

Travels through the hotel-nightlife complex.

The Rabbi and the Rabba

When Avi Weiss ordained the first woman in American Orthodox Judaism, he didn’t spark the outrage some were expecting. Then he tried again.

Intelligencer

The Knicks’ Lost Generation

LeBron James is going to Miami; the Knicks, alas, will have to continue to rebuild the hard way.

LeBron React: Never Has Being a Sports Fan Felt So Stupid

Loving sports, by definition, requires a certain suspension of disbelief and logic.

Laugh Line

The strange gender-humor divide in fake-real news.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

No Affluence, Please

Austerity and class in the U.K.

49 Minutes With Liev Schreiber

A ride back from Newark Airport with the tanned and well-scuba’d actor.

Column

Obama’s Phoenix Act

Just as Hispanics were giving up on him, Obama stood up for what he believes in.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Vintage refrigerator jars, a citrus squeezer, and more.

The Look Book

"Women can get away with wearing shorts to work, but men can’t. I have an issue with that."

Maximum Exposure

A city family’s Montauk retreat stays open to the elements.

The Not-So-Open House

Tight rules on showings keep a building livableóbut may also hamper sales.

Culture

Somewhat Happily Ever After

Todd Solondz introduces forgiveness to his latest grim comedy, Life During Wartime.

Dystopia Parkway

A kibitz and a Korean shvitz with satirist turned sci-fi writer Gary Shteyngart.

The Movie Review

Awakening to the leaden reality of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Jazz Hands, Everyone!

The story of Stagedoor Manor, where Robert Downey Jr. and Lea Michele honed their chops.

Hard Acts to Follow

M.I.A. throws a party on Governors Island.

Agenda

Brooklyn Fare Now Has Room for Eighteen

The dining room’s been beefed up so it can comfortably accommodate six more guests. 

Departments

Comments: Week of July 19, 2010

Readers sound off on parenting, columnist David Brooks, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 19, 2010

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

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