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December 19, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2011

Seven years into our annual swoon, we’ve got 42 more reasons to be smitten, including a novelist who gets his own Times Square billboard; a governor who shows that "career politician” isn’t a slur; four famous public toilets; a restaurant that lets you pay what you want; a Washington Heights apartment that doubles as a jazz club; a tabloid czar that is his own best story; a mother who took a bullet for her child; and a couple that got a chance to make it legal after 64 years.
On the Cover: Photograph by Danny Kim/New York Magazine

Intelligencer

Livelihoods of the Poets

Poet Tomas Tranströmer is having a good two weeks.

Blitz!

How sports journalists learned to go for the hard tackle.

These Games Are So Much Work

Zynga’s American dream.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Playing With Mud

The hobbyist oppo researcher.

102 Minutes With Nicolas Berggruen

An uptown layover with the “homeless billionaire,” who has just a few plans for saving the world.

Columns

Circus Iowus

A playbill for the GOP’s midwestern gladiatorial showdown.

Strategist

New Stuff

A beach towel, a new barbershop, and more.

The Look Book

“I’m always in the market for a tree. I’m a sucker for the holidays.”

The Restaurant Review

The newly modernized Le Bernardin loses something (and one of our stars) in translation.

In Season

The earthy beet can get a bad rap—its distinctive taste seems to some, well, dirty.

The Greatest Thing Since …

It’s a crackly-crusted, open-crumbed, local-floured moment in dough.

Who Wouldn’t Want to Occupy It?

A more livable lower Manhattan is emerging.

Culture

Kim Wayans Makes It Out

The zany comic takes her first dramatic role, in Pariah.

The Theater Review

The Tao of Oak Bluffs, laid bare in Stick Fly.

The Movie Review

Tinker, Tailor is no relic.

The Devil and Brook Busey

With her new film Young Adult, Diablo Cody hopes to become grown-up famous.

Agenda

Selling Like Hot Cakes

The owner, a former Daniel pastry chef, bakes the tender, buttery madelines to order after 3 p.m.

Departments

Comments: Week of December 19, 2011

Readers sound off on Levi Aron, Bronx Science, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 19, 2011

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

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