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April 11, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The New York Apartment: A Biography

Sardine Life: Justin Davidson asks: When did we start living on top of each other, and why did we think it was a good idea? Tales of the Stacked City: Luc Sante, Gay Talese, Anne Roiphe, and others reminisce about the tenements and tugboats that have sheltered them. Attention Seekers: The gaudiest, grandest, and smallest dens in city history. And much, much more.
On the Cover: Diane Von Furstenberg. Photograph by Horst P. Horst/Vogue, 1976 © Condé Nast Publications. Taylor Mead in his Lower East Side apartment, 2002. Photograph by Robin Holland.


Primary Priorities

Finally, slowly, the Republican presidential field is taking shape.

The Limits of Cyber-Revolutions

Public spaces, not virtual town squares, are still the places where uprisings are decided.

Fowl Thoughts

Saving Prospect Park’s geese, preemptively.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Technical Improvements

Daft rules a boon for NBA fans.

80 Minutes With Max Winkler

On a museum outing, the son of the Fonz talks about the movie he made but now can’t make himself watch.


House Dividing

The tea party is revolting—over the budget—which might make John Boehner’s reign shorter than he planned.


Best Bets

Matias’s iPad-compatible keyboard, Frank Gehry’s patio chairs, and more.

The Look Book

“I’m really into the press because my store is kind of important.”

Restaurant Review

Gabriel Stulman’s Fedora takes a page from the BK-dining playbook.

In Season

The amazing thing about pea shoots is how faithfully they mimic the flavor of peas.

Restaurant Openings

The radically reinventive chefs of Torrisi Italian Specialties reveal their plans for Parm.

Today’s Gowanus Is Tomorrow’s Tribeca

Twenty under-the-radar microneighborhoods that may just be the Next Big Thing.


Brand Russell

With Arthur, the comedian’s outrageous persona gets tweaked.

The Pop Music Review

Good-bye, LCD Soundsystem.

Girls, Girls, Girls!

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman put showbiz back on Broadway.

The Book Review

Why David Foster Wallace still demands our attention.

To the Comic Drawn

The female collective Pizza Island gets its due.

The Classical Music Review

For spring, the Met and City Opera hedge experimentation with coziness.


Beyond the Half Shell

A fund-raising “Oyster Saloon” on April 9 revives a once commonly found urban institution.


Comments: Week of April 11, 2011

Readers sound off on Sandra Lee, Alex Jones, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 11, 2011

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

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