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February 14, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

“Just Smile”

Schools chancellor Cathie Black wasn’t hired to be a visionary, she was hired to be a saleswoman for Bloomberg-style reform. And while her customers (all the people bruised by said reform) are quite hostile, for the moment she’s her own biggest problem. By Chris Smith
On the Cover: Photograph by Jeff Riedel for New York Magazine.


The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War

As it approaches its tenth year, our nation’s longest war is showing signs of waning. Meanwhile, our soldiers are falling apart.

The Curious Case of Joseph and Nicholas Brooks

Joe, father, won an Oscar for composing “You Light Up My Life.” Now he faces 127 counts of sexual misconduct, including rape. Nick, son, allegedly killed his girlfriend in Soho House.


Mean Streets

Choosing a taxi model that stands up as well as the discontinued Crown Vic.

The War on Pizza

The federal food police single out the sacred slice—and pick a smart fight.

Texting While Birthing

The biological case for live updates from the delivery room.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Gay-Fearing Righties Swing, Miss

Big boycott flops.

151 Minutes With J.C. Davies

Eating ribs and discussing stereotypes with the ex–Wall Street analyst.



Obama’s handling of the Egyptian uprising reveals that in foreign policy, too, he is a pragmatic centrist to the core.


Best Bets

A sleek kiddie vehicle, APC's new West Village shop, and more.

The Look Book

"When I’m onstage, I go from this shy little girl to this wild woman who can eat people alive."

The Everything Guide to Harlem

Harlem is, once again, in full Renaissance mode.


The Ballad of Conor Oberst

“Anytime you think you really know something, you’re going to find out you’re wrong.”

The Pop Music Review

Britain’s James Blake made esoteric electronic music, when all he really wanted to do was sing.

Pyramid Scheme

Bjarke Ingels reinvents the New York apartment building.

Blogger With a Quill

Oscar nominee Geoffrey Rush moves from a king’s speech to a madman’s diary.

The Movie Review

Poetry reaches for solemn, cliché-free uplift; Cedar Rapids, for better oral-sex jokes.

The Classical Music Review

Nixon in China, like Nixon himself, does best when Mao is around.


Fat Monday

An $85 prix-fixe menu will be served at this Mardi Gras-themed pop-up at Locanda Verde.


Comments: Week of February 14, 2011

Readers sound off on porn, the sexual socialization of preteen women, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 14, 2011

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

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