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September 20, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

America Is a Joke

Observers wondered if The Daily Show would suffer in the presumably less mockable Obama era. But Jon Stewart’s genius is that he’s not really out to make partisan arguments—he’s out to eviscerate a political-media complex that prospers no matter who’s in charge. Watching his show get put together makes things clear: Stewart and his team are definitely not running short on material. By Chris Smith
On the Cover: Photograph by Danielle Levitt for New York Magazine.

Features

The Concrete Jungle

Incredibly, scientists are starting to view New York as an ecological hot spot—more diverse and richer in nature than the suburbs and rural counties that surround it.

Woody and the Jets

A team, and its owner, seek redemption.

Intelligencer

Tea House 2011

With Republican gains in the House almost certain, the influence of this band of outsiders is sure to rise.

Rattner’s Rehab

The former car czar tries to put his dented reputation in the rearview mirror with Overhaul.

Backhanded Elegance

A requiem.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Fifty Years of Being Modern

Arne Glimcher keeps Pace.

58 Minutes With Vince Neil

A staring match with Mötley Crüe’s lead singer. Followed by the unveiling of some girls, girls, girls.

Columns

Obama’s Chief Issue

If Rahm Emanuel departs and the Dems lose the House, who should run the White House?

Strategist

Best Bets

An extra-clever sake decanter, Nolita's most ballyhooed boutique, and more.

The Restaurant Review

A pair of downtown eateries try hard (perhaps too hard) to not play it straight.

In Season

Hot chiles get all the glory this time of year, but sweet bell peppers have their fans, too.

Restaurant Openings

Week of September 20, 2010: Hill Country Chicken, Lavo, and Maritime Parc.

Gourmet Garaged

New York’s newest taquería-on-wheels stays off the streets.

The Company He Keeps

A store owner, his partner, their Chihuahua, and a multitude of mute onlookers.

Be a Quant

A new website lets you mine real-estate data in real time. We ran its first test drive.

Culture

Judge Jerry

How the reality show Work of Art changed me as a critic, for bad and for good.

Magical Realism

How the classic film Brief Encounter became a wonder onstage.

Can You Believe This?

That’s what you’ll be asking after seeing the mind-blowing twists in the new documentary Catfish.

The Movie Review

Jeremy Renner nearly runs off with Ben Affleck’s The Town, a caper flick full of terrific performances.

Sukkah vs. Sukkah

Twelve architects compete to redesign the ritual holiday hut—and you get to pick the winner.

Agenda

A Whole Bunch of Grapes

New York State grapes have arrived at the Greenmarket.

Departments

Comments: Week of September 20, 2010

Readers sound off on education reform, the Yankees, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 20, 2010

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

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