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November 6, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

The Have-Lots and the Have-Nots

Nowhere in America are people richer, poorer, or closer together than in Manhattan—so if anyone’s going to save the American Dream, it might as well be us. By Henry Blodget

Plus: Why a buck is worth only 76 cents here. By Daniel Gross

The Money Issue

What’s a Little Money Between Friends?

In which our writer accidentally spreads cracks of class envy through the friendships of people he barely knows.

The Spending Diaries

Six New Yorkers of various means keep track of every single penny they spend over the course of a week.

A Hard-Earned Life

Scrimping, saving, regretting, and (occasionally) hoping with a security guard trying to stretch a $676 paycheck across two weeks and among two debt-ridden credit cards and two kids.

The New York Nut

A cost-of-living calculator for all types of living.

Rocky's Family Horror Show

In 1979, the children that Rocky Aoki had by his wife ran into the child he had by his mistress. These days, they’re friends—or at least allies—as they fight Rocky and his latest wife over the right to the Benihana fortune.

Billionaires Are Free

Girls, Picassos, tabloid sleazebags, criminal investigations: Sometimes being a billionaire can just be so complicated.

100-Person Poll

White-collar types, uniformed mall employees, and teachers grilled on their fiscal health.


Spitzer’s Peace With Paterson

Running mate no longer running away.

Google Guy Ends Search on CPW

Who’s feeling lucky?

Harvey, Charlie Kiss Wal-Mart’s Ring

Cotton-pickin’ kids are safe!

Beating the Drum for Andy Young

"Stale bread" slur okay in N.Y.

Dixie Chick Won’t Shut Up & Sing

Still dissing hometown.


Last week it was easy to tell that change was in the air.

Last-Minute Democracy

With control of Congress coming down to the wire, New Yorkers can still make an impact on Tuesday’s results. Here’s how.

Wild Blue Yonder

A new poll of state voters conducted by Pace University, in coordination with New York Magazine, doesn’t give much hope to Republicans in New York.

Get Me to the PATH on Time!

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided to create a legally viable same-sex union. How bad would it be to be a Jersey commuter? We popped the question to a few gay men.

Wasn’t It Grand?

Photo show marks the transformation of the Lower East Side.


How the NYPD’s elite Cold Case Squad, which investigates long-unsolved crimes, is falling victim to a slow bureaucratic death.


Best Bets

How to become the ultimate marathon spectator.

The Restaurant Review

Two new restaurants prove steakhouse kitsch and steakhouse quality aren’t necessarily related.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Ryan Stepka of Hastens.

In Season

A Nicole's chef's recipe for broccoli-rabe salad with black-olive dressing.

The Departed

Americans have Halloween and candy corn; the same week, Mexicans (and Mexican restaurants looking to drum up some business) have the Day of the Dead.

Carbo Loads

As great a tradition as running the New York City Marathon is, so too the pre-race pasta orgy.

Look Book

A country singer on her way through town.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Real Estate

Why a West Side co-op decided to drop a new penthouse on top of itself.

The Culture Pages

So Funny It Hurts

Sacha Baron Cohen turns comedy into horror.

The Movie Review

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is two-thirds of a fantastic movie.

Memory Banker: Pedro Almodóvar

Q&A with the Volver director.


A breakdown of what could be the first billion-dollar auction season.

The Art Review

MoMA looks back on Brice Marden’s restrained but still energetic work.

The Theater Review

A trifling Bob Dylan musical does a disservice to one voice-of-a-generation as another emerges downtown.

The Coast of Utopia by the Numbers

Just how enormous an undertaking is Tom Stoppard’s epic three-evening play about nineteenth-century Russian intellectuals? As the first third opens this weekend, a selective breakdown.

The Classical Review

Audra McDonald bests Renée Fleming in a battle of diva records.


Newly discovered diaries from Little Edie Beale fill in gaps in the Grey Gardens story.

The Approval Matrix

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


The Power Grid

The GOP campaign to demonize Nancy Pelosi won’t work, though maybe it should.

The Bottom Line

Cheap gas, foolish hedge funds, and other reasons the Dow isn’t done rising.

The Week

Found in Translation

Performance Space 122 presents BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation), a series of four new plays by established Argentine playwrights.

The Fine Print

Museums and galleries celebrate New York’s Print Week.

All Keyed Up

Watch for these particularly promising performances at the "Keys to the Future" festival.

Lost: The Opera

A not-so-grim fairy tale.


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