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February 13, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The End of Wall Street As They Knew It

Bonuses and profits are way down. Lucrative trading desks have been shuttered. CEOs are calling for higher taxes. And Dodd-Frank is … working? High finance’s titans are now facing a deeply frightening future: a universe they do not rule. By Gabriel Sherman
On the Cover: An homage to Robert Longo. Photograph by Howard Schatz for New York Magazine.

Features

WorldStar, Baby!

By posting videos of subway fights, police beatings, and backstage battles, WorldStarHipHop has turned street violence into a booming Internet business. And while it might be easy to wag your finger at the whole exploitative enterprise, just try not clicking on “Smack of the Week.” By Mark Jacobson

The Virgin Father

Thirty-five-year-old Trent Arsenault has never had sex, but he’s spent years training his body for maximum fertility. The result: a DIY sperm-donation website, an FDA investigation, and sixteen children. By Benjamin Wallace

Intelligencer

The Service Is a Nightmare

Veteran restaurant servers recount their dreams—and a Jungian analyst divines what they mean.

Does Romney Even Like Republicans?

“Muttonheads” discomfit Mitt.

Sticky Business

Building a better shame-delivery system.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Vines by the Rhyme

Rappers boost a varietal.

137 Minutes With Carson Daly

Punching in at an ungodly hour with the radio D.J.–late-night host–reality emcee, who doesn’t mind at all.

Columns

Mismatch

Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks were never right for each other.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Kaleidoscopic toothbrushes, Melissa opens in Soho, and more.

The Look Book

“It’s my everyday bag. You can put literally everything in it.”

Nothing But Green Lights

New energy-efficiency laws have led to scores of new lightbulbs. We illuminate the choices.

The 20,000-Brick Apartment

A child’s bedroom is his parents’ design inspiration.

The Restaurant Review

Jeffrey Chodorow brings Jewish cooking into the twenty-first century at Kutsher's Tribeca.

In Season

Beneath rutabaga's gnarly exterior there lies a certain sweetness and appealing starchiness.

Consuming Washington Avenue

Prospect Heights' newest food and drink arrivals east of booming Vanderbilt and west of burgeoning Franklin.

Australian for “Coffee”

New York catches flat-white fever.

Culture

Officer Friendly

Don’t be fooled by his bad-cop routine in Rampart—Woody Harrelson is a fun lunch date.

The Art Review

Klara Liden channels the poignancy of discarded streetside trees.

How Happenings Happened

Lucas Samaras revisits the first days of performance art.

The TV Review

The musical numbers on NBC's Broadway drama Smash are dazzling — and way too short.

The Re-Animator

The Walking Dead gets a brain transplant in the form of new showrunner Glen Mazzara.

Long Story Short

How, after 30 years, Merrily We Roll Along may finally be complete.

The Movie Review

In Darkness tells an ethically complex story of Jews concealed under the streets of Poland.

The Classical Music Review

Thoughts on the new “Ring” — and on the state of Peter Gelb’s Metropolitan.

Agenda

Fire Water

Culinary science whiz Dave Arnold teams up with David Chang to open the new cocktail bar Booker & Dax.

Departments

Comments: Week of February 13, 2012

Readers sound off on Mitt Romney, the celebrity economy, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 13, 2012

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

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