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January 17, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Greatest New York Ever

New Yorkers have spoken highly of themselves and their city during almost all of its incarnations. But over a nearly 400-year history, who and what stands out as truly the greatest? We gathered a host of opinionators to hash it out. Five writers each make a case for a single year as the city’s superlative; five panels of experts then choose the greatest musical, mayor, TV show, athlete, and building in NYC history.

Intelligencer

D-List U

A sampling of recent course catalogues.

Feeling Trashy

Understanding the singular dissonance of un-picked-up trash.

Sounds Unbelievable

Why golden voices make for the best feel-good stories.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Health-Care Tar Pit

Here we go again!

86 Minutes With Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes

One half of Duran Duran trolls Bowery to flack the band’s thirteenth album.

Columns

In the Hunt

The most potent challenge to Obama in 2012 may come from a member of his own team.

Strategist

Best Bets

The Marcus Samuelsson–Endorsed BlueStar Stove, a mood defroster, and more.

The Look Book

"I hand out the hankies."

Twisted Fitness

A guide to the latest crop of high-concept workouts.

It’s Okay to Stare

Frames for the librarian (teacher, architect, lead guitarist) who doesn’t mind a little attention.

Restaurant Review

Suddenly, you don’t need to catch a Queens-bound 7 train to reach transcendent Thai food.

In Season

The radish of choice among kimchee aficionados.

Grub Hub: BQEats

How a grim Williamsburg intersection became an epicenter of culinary cool.

Culture

The Best of Times

What’s bad for liberals has been very good for Bill Maher.

The TV Review

Men behaving badly on Lights Out, Shameless, and Californication.

The Dirt on ‘Skins’

MTV adapts Britain’s daring teen soap without scrubbing it clean.

The TV Review

The grown-up charm of Episodes.

The Quiet Man

How Chris Cooper turns angst into art.

Departments

Comments: Week of January 17, 2011

Readers sound off on Martin Peretz, the Columbia drug bust, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 17, 2011

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

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