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January 8, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The 2007 Platt List

Our restaurant critic’s annual rundown of what New York’s best culinary minds are doing with pork, eggs, hearty organic vegetables from upstate, Red Bull–infused Jell-O, and everything else that the urban gastronome desires.


My Adventures in Psychopharmacology

The memoirs of a young but grizzled veteran of chemical therapy, starring one prescription-happy doctor and his host of assistants: Ritalin, Adderall, Dextrostrat, Effexor, Zyprexa, Lexapro, Provigil …

The Brain in Thain

Before John Thain took over, the New York Stock Exchange and its antiquated floor traders were headed toward the dustbin of financial history. Now he’s committed himself to saving the institution by convincing hundreds of alpha males to follow a plan that will make them superfluous—and he might actually be able to pull it off.


Dan Rather Won’t Jab Foxy Boxers

Newsman on Perfect 10 pugilists: “I don’t have a problem with it at all.”

Skinny Starlet Stylist’s ‘Slim’ Cell Sell

Is the phone anorexic?

Scrooge McGray Slashes Pay

Cost-cutting at Time Warner Center eatery.

Do You Suffer From ‘Tech Neck’?

Spas sell expensive cures for “BlackBerry thumb” et al.

Can a Tenement Turn Into a Mansion?

Court to decide.

It Happened Last Week

As 2006 prepared to kick the bucket, a funereal pall hung over the city.

Mall Menorah Smackdown

Dueling rabbis struggle over who gets to spread the faith to newcomers in the gentrifying area around Atlantic Yards.

Ice, Ice Babies

Reality-TV show tries to create the next Eminem.

Orchestral Maneuvers

The rise of the fund-raising philharmonic supergroup.

Children of the Horn

A new city program aims to expand schoolkids’ social consciousness by decorating taxicabs.


Best Bets

The snow tube and other innovations for urban sledders.


Winter-air-battling skin treatments available on the cheap at the local pharmacy.

Look Book

The fashion code of an honest-to-God gypsy.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Eric Bianchini of The World of Golf.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Real Estate

Looking back on some of 2006’s particularly slash-tastic fire sales.

Happy January

The ball has dropped and the hangover’s commenced, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating.

Men and Their Meatballs

Burgers may currently rule, but let’s not forget the mania for meatballs.

The Culture Pages

The Education of Pam Grier

Pam Grier’s journey from blaxploitation to fly-fishing.


The next two months in cultural excitement.

The Movie Review

Dispatches from the fascinatingly perverse imaginations of Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro.

Trailer Mix: Summer ’07

Our reviews of this week’s previews.

The Theater Review

Stars of stage and screen alike perform brilliantly in Part Two of Tom Stoppard’s Russian epic.

The TV Review

A literally hallucinatory twist on an otherwise formulaic sleazy-tabloid sitcom.

Why Did Viewers OD on ‘The O.C.’ ?

To understand what went so wrong with the show, we should revisit what it once got so right.

The Art Review

For Kiki Smith, shocking imagery is just the beginning.

The Classical Review

A limp combination of two operatic traditions at the Met.

Offstage Talent: Taye Diggs

The Approval Matrix

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

The Week

The Final Countdown

As 2006 wraps up, so do many of the season’s blockbusters.

Play Grounds

Dining with baby gets easier.

Latin Class

Austria may have its Strausses, Russia its Romantics, but much of this week’s liveliest music comes from south of the border.

A Close Facsimile

Tribute acts are usually hokey, forgettable affairs. Here, some sophisticated exceptions to the rule.


The Imperial City

The new populist anger isn’t about xenophobia or class envy—and it wouldn’t take a massive shift in economic policy to start addressing the problem.

The Bottom Line

How to profit from the enormous buying frenzy that looks to ensue in 2007.


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