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April 7, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Testing Horace Mann

How some extremely contemporary problems at one of the city's most prestigious schools—a Facebook scandal, a tell-all-novelist history teacher—were resolved through old-fashioned exertion of influence.


Armed, Yes, But Dangerous?

We can reasonably expect John Santana to be great. What remains to be seen is whether the rest of the Mets' pitching staff's last-stand veterans and enigmatic whippersnappers can erase last season's nightmare.

Trump Soho Is Not an Oxymoron

The contentious, portentous, and eerie history of the enormous glass monolith racing to be built at Spring and Varick.


Spitz’s Speaker Won’t Flack for Paterson

The governor’s spokeswoman is ready for a new gig.

Gray Skies for Kunz Kitchen?

Time Warner may hear A Voce.

Andy Roddick Smells Like Andy Roddick

Others don’t seem to want to.

Moby Parties and Parties and Parties

But is he getting too old?

Japanese Spa Treatment Comes to NYC

It’s full of crap.

Will MoMA Lunch Put Qatar on Radar?

You get what you Pei for.

Striking Back

Hillary Clinton’s embattled presidential campaign used the force.

Say Fromage

The fantasy Manhattan wedding of France’s ex–First Lady.

Grave Digger

Always-gloomy rocker Nick Cave reemerges in seventies New York.

Shadows on the Hudson

Among the tottering cranes, panicky condo marketers, and derailed megadevelopments, envisioning tomorrow’s boom today.


Who’ll Stop the Pain?

Gore and Edwards may have the most party clout. But there’s only one person Hillary will finally listen to. Her name isn’t Bill.


The Spring Travel 2008: The Stretch-Your-Dollar Planner

Getaways in twenty countries (including this one), where the beleaguered dollar still has legs.

Here, From There

No lines, no customs, no pesky currency exchange. These exotic souvenirs have already arrived.

The Look Book

Margaret Wardlaw, Artist: "I always have looked up to people with interesting hairstyles."

Store Openings

Bluemercury opens on Broadway.

Tested: AeroGarden Pro100

A tabletop gardening kit that calls itself “aeroponic.”

How to Fix Starbucks

A few helpful suggestions from our panel of coffee geeks and empire builders.

The Restaurant Review

Another high-quality, and high-cost, restaurant comes to the Upper West Side.

Insatiable Critic

If splendid food comes first, with points for local-idol sightings, we’ll write off the painful din at Commerce.

In Season

Sure, that pleasure-seeker who first slurped an oyster was an intrepid sort, but he had nothing on the fearless fresser who first tucked into a plate of crosnes.

Restaurant Openings

Week of April 7, 2008: Ago Ristorante and Greenwich Grill.

A Book for Beefeaters

We are proud to note the publication of The Hamburger: A History, written by Grub Street food blogger Josh Ozersky.

The Rush to Ground

Why are three buildings rising on your block? Blame Albany’s tax laws.


The Confidence Artist

Jhumpa Lahiri isn’t afraid to provoke tears, or calls of déjà vu.

The Movie Review

Scorsese’s manic Stones film almost keeps pace with its guitar heroes.

Trailer Mix

Our reviews of this week's previews.

The Classical Music Review

Alarm Will Sound turns the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”—this is not a joke—into chamber music.

Loneliness and Multitudes

Gregory Crewdson’s singular approach.

The Theater Review

A Gypsy skeptic takes stock of Rose’s return.

The Art Review

P.S. 1’s survey of feminist art shows us the birth of just about every art trend that’s in vogue today.

Are You More in the Mood for Farrah Fawcett, or Mr. T?

With relatively little fanfare, two networks recently took a big step toward rendering your new flat-screen TV obsolete.

The Book Review

Jessica Queller’s written her life into a half-dozen teen TV shows. But how to handle a double mastectomy?

Standards Bearer

Maude Maggart at the Algonquin Hotel.

The Pop Review

R.E.M. turns to loud, bristling guitars as the answer to a decade of creative inertia.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 7, 2008

Anna Wintour, Isiah Thomas, "Sweeney Todd," and more.


Poetry for All Ages

April is the time to turn to verse.


Comments: April 7, 2008

Readers sound off on the stock market’s wild gyrations, art dealer Larry Salander, Richard Price’s new novel, and more.

Artifact: Whereupon There Is Screaming

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.

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