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June 11, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The Politics of Personality Destruction

Candidates for president are asked hundreds of times a day to feign every possible emotion. Such a task should be repugnant to any authentic human—but do we really want a normal person in the world’s most stressful job?


The Ooze

Exploring the massive, viscous, unnerving, litigation-generating oil blob that lies just underneath the streets of Greenpoint.

The Profit Calculator

How diners, investment banks, baseball teams, department stores, copy shops, and every other variety of New York business stay in the black by using what the city offers (deluges of curious customers, the world’s most fertile networking opportunities) to make up for what it takes away (an arm and a leg every time the rent is due).


Gettin’ Busy in Business Class

Those high-flying Heatheretters.

Philip Johnson Sells Out Again!

Glass House booked solid.

It’s PBS for Pauley

Wants to take PBS anchor Jim Lehrer shopping.

New ‘Vacation’ Sunk

Chase not king of the world.

Nuevo Cuomo Reigns Himself In

Waits out Gov. Spitzer.

Metropolitan Modern Mystery

MoMA non grata gets gig.

It Happened Last Week

Any week in which scalpers can demand five figures to hear The Police play at the Garden and the pollen count goes through the roof is bound to leave the city gasping for air.

Sharon Stone, Republican Hillary

European intellectuals imagine a faux American election for the Venice Biennale.

Hero Hike

Back to nature with Ayn Rand true believers.

Bolly for Them

Bollywood megastars, plus two dorks, onstage at the Nassau Coliseum.

H2O 2.0

How do you improve on water? Pricey new magic potions on tap.


The Home Front

The marriage-straining possibility that Elmo may be a wolf in Muppet’s clothing.


Best Bets

A bohemian-staffed moving van and other ways to reduce apartment-switching stress.

Shop News

New store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Folami Greene of Kirna Zabête.

Look Book

A faux-sex-show star on finding her androgynous equilibrium.

Restaurant Review

Elaborately delicious variations on the hot dog.

Are You a Groodie?

Take this quiz to find out if you're a member of the burgeoning green-foodie community, a.k.a. a “groodie.”

In Season Recipe

Perhaps more than any other item sold at local Greenmarkets, sugar snap peas attract clusters of light-fingered fans.

Insatiable Critic

A glance at the menu reveals the grand ambition of Aurora Soho.

Restaurant Openings

Week of June 11, 2007: Hill Country, Caffè Emilia, and Park Avenue Summer.

Battle of the Department-Store Salads

Which department-store salad is best?

Fat Is a Four-Legged Word

A survey of options in the world of canine weight loss.

Real Estate

The latest neighborhood-alienating developer in Morningside Heights is ... a cathedral.


Mariska Hargitay’s penthouse can’t get arrested in this finicky market.

The Open-House Log

Open house at 116 East 63rd Street, Apartment 9C.


The Virgin Mother

Lauren Ambrose, adored by liberal elitists everywhere, moves toward a more traditional form of celebrity.

The Movie Review

Ocean’s 13 makes up for Ocean’s 12.

Long Story Short

How to Sell Horror, Post-Captivity.

The Art Review

Some excellent work gets lost amid the hyperbole at the Whitney’s psychedelia exhibit.

The TV Review

David Milch sneaks religion onto HBO under cover of a show about surfers and junkies.

Playing the Slots: Sunday Night

Sunday night is up for grabs—so here’s a guide to what you should hold on to and what you should discard.

The Theater Review

An admirable one-man stab at channeling Orson Welles.

Revolutionary Road

Coast of Utopians on how they bested the Brits.

The Pop-Music Review

A jury of authentic Swedes picks that country’s top-five musical exports.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 11, 2007

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

The Week

Trompe L’Oeil

Duchamp turns in on himself, as two artists create their own “ready-made” art.

Drama Queen

NYU producer keeps her standards high.

The Talking Cure

Female writers explore common bonds.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Jim Cramer, books, and more.

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