In this issue, a kind of international edition, we asked fellow New Yorkers if we could excerpt their texts and e-mails and conversations with friends and family in the Middle East and North Africa. We conducted global sidewalk polls, followed worried diplomats, and commissioned a graphic dispatch on life in shell-shocked Tokyo. We’re also inaugurating a new, occasional feature in the magazine—a different kind of travel guide: “The Urbanist’s Guide.”
On the Cover: Photograph by Horacio Salinas for New York Magazine.
Dispatches from the Middle East and North Africa to loved ones in New York.
A graphic-novel account of one man’s return to Japan after the horror.
When Yemen’s U.N. Ambassador quit during the troubles, he lost his job, his country, his mansion, his well-fed chauffered life. But what he kept was more important.
What Tokyo, Beirut, Rome, and New York think about the state of the universe: A 400-person poll.
How to eat, drink, play, and argue like local.
A comparison of the ten most valuable U.S. companies now and in 1964.
Both sides painted the White House’s now-gutted high-speed-rail plan as revolutionary. If only.
Obama’s Freedom-y new definition of freedom.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Cotton inflation means more skinny jeans.
The Planned Parenthood boss carries on the fight late into a Washington night.
Don’t be fooled by his low-key vibe. Carmelo Anthony has brought excitement, and hope for a title, back to the Knicks.
Free-wheeling luggage, sizing up the latest batch of designer collaborations, and more.
“I want to be an actress.”
A former U.S. Navy–submarine cook is making some of the best (and cheesiest) bar food in town.
Some insist that it’s not spring until the sheep’s-milk ricotta from Dancing Ewe Farm arrives.
Keep what you like about New York … but find it somewhere else. (Even Phoenix.)
Paul Simon comes to terms with his mortality—and immortality.
Katy Grannan lets her subjects direct her—and they often reveal far more than they expect.
En route from Canada to the Mideast, Incendies leaves scorch marks. Plus: Spurlock sells out!
Joel Grey has learned to be more positive about life. Which is a good thing, because he’s so damn busy.
The Korean Food Foundation is collaborating with nine local restaurants to operate a mobile kitchen.
Readers sound off on Peter Orszag, Lynn Tilton, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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