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February 3, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

The Urban Menagerie

A new, immigrant species of those notoriously unkillable critters, cockroaches, has hit the city, and it can handle the cold. By Christopher Bonanos. Meanwhile, horse-drawn carriages are nearly extinct, but that may not do much for the horses. By Lee Siegel.
Plus: Pigeon portraiture, squirrel aliens, and the distant drumbeat of bears.
On the Cover: Photograph of a New York street pigeon by Andrew Garn.
Download the iPad edition for Matt Zoller Seitz's audio review of HBO's new show Looking, videos of pigeons on the catwalk and cockroaches in the lab, previews of the buzziest moves at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and more.

Features

Stop Beating a Dead Fox

Fox News and its commander, Roger Ailes, are increasingly out of touch with the modern GOP, playing to an old (and rapidly perishing) audience. It’s time for liberals to give up their favorite punching bag. By Frank Rich

“Most Well-Known and Beloved Chinese Role Model”

When Chen Guangbiao arrived in America, it was his business card that made the biggest splash. But the demolition magnate had his sights set on bigger things, like, oh, buying the New York Times. By Jessica Pressler

Intelligencer

The Hacker Graydon Carter

From a small town in Romania, Guccifer skewered and glorified the power elite.

The Young Not-So-Invincibles

Why healthy 18-to-34-year-olds remain on the fence about Obamacare.

91 Minutes With David Tyree

The former receiver is totally over the greatest catch in Giants history.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Devil Models Prada

There’s nothing a glossy magazine likes better than an equally glossy celebrity lending her hand to the editorial process.

Strategist

Best Bets

A keepsake football, bottle opener, and more new stuff for the Super Bowl.

The Look Book

“I knew it would be freezing here, so I just packed up my ski suit—it’s the warmest thing I own.”

The Restaurant Review

The latest M. Wells venture vies to be the city's next great chophouse.

In Season

Chef Chris Fischer's olive-oil-poached local squid with roasted leeks.

Super Bowl Saturday

And Super Bowl Friday night. And Super Bowl Sunday brunch. Some 80 die-hard New Yorkers offer firm tips for what visitors absolutely must do with their weekend. Locals, prick up your ears, too.

Culture

Art at Arm’s Length

A history of the selfie.

Park City’s Finest

The fifteen most talked-about performances at Sundance.

The Title With the 91 Imitators

Since Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo became a publishing phenomenon in 2009, a few others have borrowed the title.

The TV Review

Looking is a big deal because it doesn't act like one.

The Movie Review

Singles of a certain age still get around in Gloria.

The Pop Music Review

Eric Church smashes bro-country clichés on The Outsiders.

To Do: January 29–February 5, 2014

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of February 3, 2014

Readers sound off on teenagers, the Cannibal Cop, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 3, 2014

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

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