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October 3, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Parents of a Certain Age

New technologies and cultural shifts have created a booming cohort of wrinkled moms and dads with newborn babies. So why do older parents make so many people uneasy? By Lisa Miller
On the Cover: Photo-illustration by Darrow. Photographs by Danny Kim/New York Magazine.


In Praise of Extremism

Bipartisanship is the golden calf of the Beltway. But what good ever came of consensus? It isn’t even good politics. Just ask Rick Perry. Plus: Stanley B. Greenberg unmasks the independent voter. By Frank Rich

Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York

This tiny city has a crime epidemic reminiscent of the Bronx of the seventies. It is also the scene of some of the most ambitious gang raids ever conducted, led by an FBI agent who knows the young men he’s arresting only too well. By Patrick Radden Keefe

And… Scene.

The Upright Citizens Brigade arrived with a mission: to make New York comedy smart again. And to get on TV. Fifteen years on, members of the scene that begat Amy Poehler—and about half the funny people on TV—look back on the blood, sweat, and teabagging.


Because Warren Buffett Said So

Warren Buffett as political totem.

How Republicans Learned to Despise the Fed

The GOP has embraced what used to be called, dismissively, "Fed bashing."

The Punisher

NFL stars in the principal’s office.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Not Telling

Why I won't come out to my troops.

152 Minutes With Bebe Buell

On a rock-and-roll photo tour with the legendary groupie, who prefers “rock girlfriend,” or now just “rocker.”


Best Bets

Benefit’s Soho debut, a light-up leash, and more.

The Look Book

“I always liked that Orville Redenbacher look.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

At Serge Becker’s latest hyperstylized luncheonette, you don’t have to eat the scenery.

In Season

Nothing signals the beginning of autumn like the return of Finger Lakes grapes to the Greenmarket.

The Urbanist’s Havana

Where to stay, eat, and play in Havana.

The Starter Jackpot

For buyers, the big opportunity is in smaller apartments.


The Day After “Friday”

Can self-made teeny-bopper Rebecca Black move beyond the viral to real pop stardom?

The Movie Review

Rich emotional detailing sets Take Shelter apart from the easy familiarity of apocalypto-porn.

The Pop Music Review

Blink-182 evoke nostalgic memories of late-nineties teen life—but now that they’ve grown up, do we still want to friend them?

The Monster Specialist

Frank Langella loves to find the inner lives of very bad men.

The Art Review

Matthew Barney’s epically mystic Egypto-industrial detritus sculpture inspires and transports.

White City: Manhattan in a Marble Dress

Yutaka Sone’s Little Manhattan is a relief map of the built city.

The TV Review

Why does HBO’s mob period drama often feel like a beautifully tailored empty suit?


First Look at Upper West Side Milk Bar’s New Pork Bun

More like a traditional bao in shape, with an optional egg on top.


Comments: Week of October 3, 2011

Readers sound off on Jean-Michel Basquiat, All My Children, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 3, 2011

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

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