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October 1, 2007 Issue

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Reports from the midst of another heyday for film in the city.


The Scientist and the Stairmaster

Why most of us believe that exercise makes us thinner—and why we're wrong.

Going, Going...

The greatest baseball player in the world is about to lead the game’s most storied franchise to its thirteenth consecutive October in the playoffs. And then he might leave town. Inside A-Rod’s Endgame.


James Brown Felt Good

Sometimes a bit too good.

MLK Show’s Last-Minute Flack Attack

Ride the peace shvitz?

Mrs. Spitzer Stands by Her Man

Swears hubby’s funny.

It’s Not Easy Being a Green Fund

One year later, Clinton’s big initiative has wilted.

Schrager Bonds With His New Neighbors

Discovers inner nimby-er.

It Happened Last Week

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s request to lay a wreath at ground zero was the unlikeliest wish in a week of ambitious schemes.


Advice for Hillary Clinton from the former prime minister of Pakistan.

UES Motocross

Rarely is an artist’s burnout so enjoyable to watch. Vroom! Vroom!

See Jane Be Co-opted

A new exhibition shows how Jane Jacobs became famous for the wrong things.

Eat Yourself Young Looking!

Japanese fountain of youth café to open in city. Will pig’s feet keep you pretty?


The Bottom Line

The Fed chair came out from under Alan Greenspan’s shadow with a bold rate cut that may have prevented a recession. What’s Hank Paulson waiting for?


Best Bets

Start fall with new supplies to tidy your spaces.

Shop News

New store openings this week.

Look Book

A brightly colored Williamsburg community activist.

Restaurant Review

A former art-supply store is now serving some of the best Mexican snacks this side of the Red Hook ball fields.

In Season

Seldom seen in their pods, fresh cannellini beans, available now at Rick Bishop’s Mountain Sweet Berry Farm stand at Union Square, are a rare treat.

Insatiable Critic

Lured from his five-diamond (AAA) cocoon at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, new chef-partner Fabio Trabocchi delivers complex dazzle at Stephen Hanson’s Fiamma.

Restaurant Openings

Week of October 1, 2007: Belcourt, Shorty’s.32, and Los Dados.

Shop Like a Chef (Preferably in His Own Store)

Whether these new food markets exist to fill a perceived niche, build a brand, or sell more takeout, they generally purvey not only food but philosophy. We take stock.

The Everything Guide to Tattoos

The city's best artists, the latest in erasable ink, and more on tattoos.


Back From the Dead

Peter Krause, the lovable scoundrel from Six Feet Under, is up to his old tricks.

How I Made It: Mark Bradford

In six years, Mark Bradford, 45, has gone from being a self-proclaimed “beauty operator” at his mother’s beauty shop in South Los Angeles to navigating the tangled, lucrative weave that is the international art scene.

The Architecture Review

Herzog & de Meuron’s new condo building for Ian Schrager puts a swingy, dapper spin on the glass curtain wall.

The Movie Review

Ang Lee finds the perfect sex game for himself, while Wes Anderson discovers India by train.

Anticipation Index

A mathematical breakdown of why we’re excited for Michael Clayton.

The Book Review

Mourning the death of Philip Roth’s funny bone.

The (Near Complete) Roth Reader

The indispensable, the significant, the disposable, and everything in between.

Traveling Man: Esa-Pekka Salonen

On October 5, Miller Theatre will present an Esa-Pekka Salonen retrospective as part of its “Composer Portraits” series. He spoke with Justin Davidson.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 1, 2007

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

The Week

Pop Redux

Reinvigorating two of Pop’s best-known motifs.

Greens in Queens

Botanical Garden composts in the city.

Ladies’ Night

A pair of unsung composers finally find their voices.

Scatter Like Fennel Pollen

Chefs who’ve trained in the Batali-Bastianich organization are branching out on their own.

Six Years (and Two Weeks) Later

This month’s remembrances of New York’s worst day wrap up with a pair of literary events.


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