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Features

Swamp Dreams

In the heart of the Meadowlands, rising from a marsh steeped in centuries of botched schemes, is what promises to be the largest mall in the world. But mall doesn’t describe the half of it. By Robert Sullivan

The Placenta Cookbook

For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor. By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Intelligencer

Big-Box Logrolling

Looking to quell opposition to its plan to put a store in East New York, Wal-Mart has been pulling out the stops.

Talk + Walk

Why the Rex Ryan show keeps getting renewed.

Size Once Mattered

Width, height, and class.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Runaway Trucks

The gourmet street vendor is killed and reborn.

Columns

Perry’s GOP Shock Treatment

Five ways the Texas governor’s entrance is jolting the Republican race.

Strategist

Manhattan State Park

Two adventure-gear retailers stake competing claims for the local “urbaneer” market.

The Mamma of All Pop-Ups

The Feast of San Gennaro gets a gourmet upgrade.

Dawn Patrol

A three-month late-night parade through bunker lounges, dance fortresses, and gin joints inside coffee shops.

Culture

Brad’s Pitch

Why an A-list actor was willing to go to bat for Moneyball—an adventure story about sabermetrics.

Blondie, Unbowed

The leader of the cranked-up fun machine is now 66, blonde again, and glad to still be cranking it up.

Tell It on the Mountain

Samuel L. Jackson, action-hero badass and child of the segregated South, plays Martin Luther King Jr. on Broadway.

Up Van Der Beek’s Creek

The ex-Dawson exorcises the douchey version of himself—as “James Van Der Beek.”

The Man in the High Castle

Parallel Stories is being called a 21st-century War and Peace. Péter Nádas would settle for The Magic Mountain.

Why de Kooning Matters

On the eve of the AbEx master’s retrospective, his biographer (and our former critic) Mark Stevens chats with Jerry Saltz.

Brownstone Accelerando

The 154-year-old Brooklyn Philharmonic has no home, no subscribers, and an iffy budget. But it also has Alan Pierson.

Your 2011 Day Planner

New York is never so alive as it is in the fall.

Agenda

Let Them Eat Cookies

A branch of the Parisian pastry shop Maison Ladurée opens on Madison Avenue.

Departments

Comments: Week of August 29, 2011

Readers sound off on Andrej Pejic, Jenna Lyons, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 29, 2011

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

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