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April 16, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

What’s Eating the NYPD?

Ray Kelly’s approach to policing has made New York safer than it’s ever been. It’s also fueled bitterness among the city’s cops, who are crying foul at the statistics-obsessed, micromanaging culture. Could the biggest threat to the department right now be the cratered morale of its rank and file? By Chris Smith
On the Cover: Ray Kelly. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photo/New York Magazine.


“It Won’t Hurt You. It’s Vapor.”

Bill Maher is a dope-smoking, God-hating, stripper-loving Hollywood liberal—exactly the kind of upstanding citizen that Democrats were praying would donate $1 million to Obama’s super-PAC. By Joe Hagan

Born This Way

Is political ideology a choice, or is it hardwired into us? New research posits it’s our DNA that determines our vote—and that the country’s partisan divide may have less to do with geography and class than it does with how many friends we had in high school and whether or not we like motorcycles. By Sasha Issenberg


Text Machines

A local high-schooler’s prototypically high-volume afternoon text-message correspondence.

Albatross Flies Under Radar

It’s the wrong time to start cutting A-Rod slack.

Equal Swipes

Subway reform lefties would love.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

This Stool Is Occupied

A movement walks into a bar.

63 Minutes With Alan Rusbridger

Breaking in The Guardian’s new American office with an editor uncowed by Rupert Murdoch—and now the Times.


Look Who’s Back

John Mack is no longer at the top of Morgan Stanley. So he’s getting his fix elsewhere.


Best Bets

Hayseed’s gardening essentials, Nicholas Kirkwood opens in Soho, and more.

The Look Book

“I enjoy making ice cream, but I enjoy sitting on the beach more.”


Prim, pretty collars done up to there.

The Underground Gourmet Review

At the Toucan and the Lion, nothing is what it seems.

In Season

It’s all systems go for goat-cheese-making up in Vermont at Blue Ledge Farm.

The Urban Forager: Chips That End in a Vowel

This month marks the American launch of Amica Chips.


Frank Gehry’s new building at 8 Spruce Street is the tallest residence in town, and taller ones are coming. A look at sleeping 800 feet in the air.


A Million Shades of Smut

A field guide for the erotic-lit virgin.

The Classical Music Review

Two festivals lay out a path to saving the symphony orchestra.

The Movie Review

Troubled kids meet troubled teacher, unsentimentally, in Monsieur Lazhar.

The Theater Review

As two revivals arrive on Broadway, a critic revisits Lloyd Webber and Rice.

He Has Tried in His Way to Be Free

Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, finally honors his father in music.


Middle Feast

A first look at the New York branch of Almayass, bringing basturma to the Flatiron District.


Comments: Week of April 16, 2012

Readers sound off on New York scandals, Mitt Romney, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 16, 2012

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

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