A City of Ids: Colin Harrison on why the city has always been fertile ground for the sordid, baroque, and gruesome.
310 Years of Disgust and Delight: A romp through New York’s notorious: A governor goes to his wife’s funeral in drag! Grave-robber med students incite a riot! An art gallery unmasked as an S&M dungeon! With: Frank Rich on Broadway sexpot Mae West; Nora Ephron on boyfriend-killer Jean Harris; Jerry Saltz on the city’s most reviled painting.
Plus: Jim Holt and Laura Kipnis spar over the morality of titillation; Liz Smith and Steven Gaines debate the limits of public forgiveness; Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins remember the greatest hits of municipal malfeasance.
On the Cover: From top, Eliot Spitzer (Mary Altaffer/AP), Whitman Knapp (Lee Romero/New York Times/Redux), and Mary Astor (Photofest).
The tiny flying machines that call the city home base, the heights they reach, and how long they can stay there without recharging.
Obama doesn’t want to have to run against the Roberts Court. Fortunately, the Court doesn’t want that either.
In defense of the Internet’s favorite suffix.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Higher-ed end around.
At the Lower East Side’s brand-new Hoodie Shop with the Late Night bandleader, talking Trayvon Martin and apolitical fashion.
What kind of mate makes sense for Mitt?
Gallagher’s Paper Collectibles, new market vendors, and more.
“I think I’m the only New Yorker who doesn’t own anything black.”
Cross-dressing rappers, DIY Bloody Marys, divinely good phô.
The force behind Alison on Dominick is back, with a warm and neighborly Flatiron joint.
You can’t beat April Bloomfield's recipe for smoked trout and potato salad.
Mark your calendars: The outdoor feeding season starts now.
Can there ever be such a thing as too much pizza? Not in this town.
Cornelius Gallagher’s finally landed on the Upper East Side with a new take on Asian flavors.
With a boutique hotel and a Stumptown café on the horizon, stubbornly schlocky West 8th Street may be turning the corner.
An icon of vulnerability in an age of empowerment.
Whit Stillman’s new muse overcomes bad dates, Tyra Banks, and a mouse infestation.
The preppy young women of Damsels in Distress think all the world needs is a few more tap shoes.
Two lesbian literary titans take on their greatest demon: Mom.
Photographer Alex Prager’s high-intensity L.A. melodrama.
Mark Ladner’s traditional Easter feast at Del Posto.
Readers sound off on Girls, the GOP’s war on women, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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