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August 6, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Sex Issue

How many ways are there to make it in New York? Here we chart the varieties of sexual experience across this most varied and relentlessly inventive of cities: Dan P. Lee tracks the libidinous rites of Saturday night, dropping in on streetwalkers, first-daters, foot fetishists, a hipster bar, and a “polite” dungeon; a husband and his pregnant wife chronicle a week of their sex life; three gay-porn impresarios find domestic bliss as a dog-raising, vacation-taking, bed-sharing “throuple”; Richard Kern photographs six young couples mid-kiss; retirees in Flushing meet cute, couple up, and pop their blue pills; four bisexuals make sense of their sometimes competing attractions; and johns and escorts network over drinks at a midtown “mixer.”
On the Cover: Photograph by Tim Flach/Getty Images.


If the Olympics Were in New York

A map of the spectacles—and headaches—that would have accompanied the competition.

Diva Roulette

First Christina, then Britney, now Mariah: Why faded pop stars make for great reality-TV rubbernecking.

With These Words

Gay-marriage court ruling is a hit at straight weddings.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Rich Dems Are Rich People, Too

Donkeys’ ego problem.

53 Minutes With Kenny Loggins

A stop on the cash-cow, post-fame secret-concert circuit with the eighties balladeer.


The Other Barbarians at the Gates

The Hamptons are Romney territory. But billionaire Jeff Greene thinks his neighbors would be wise to buy a little democracy insurance.


Best Bets

MonkeyLectric lights, crayon blocks, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“Men don’t give a shit here—they know they’ll get what they want.”

Great Room

A preservation-obsessed designer channels the eighteenth century when overhauling his Sag Harbor cottage.

The Restaurant Review

Calliope may not be suited to the East Village, but its perfectly executed bistro dishes would be tasty anywhere.

In Season

It’s a good time to reacquaint yourself with the simple pleasures of the gin-and-tonic.

Chilly Soups of Summer

Relief by the spoonful, from cooling cucumber to strawberry gazpacho.


Hello, Operator

Once stuck in best-friend roles, Ari Graynor answers a higher call.

A Place to Make Things

Preserving the Brooklyn Navy Yard isn’t just about restoring the buildings.

Late Summer on the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

We’re still a month away from fall’s big novels and Oscar-baiting films, and all of this season’s high-tone popcorn movies have already come and gone.

Woody's Playhouse

The cast of Bullet for Adolf takes Harrelson’s yoga class.


True Blue

About half the size of their cultivated cousins but many times more flavorful, wild blueberries have arrived at the Greenmarket.


Comments: Week of August 6, 2012

Readers sound off on Katie Holmes, Martin Amis, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 6, 2012

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

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