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May 19, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design Spring 2008

Surveying some of the city’s amazingly inventive interiors: a Yonkers castle fit for a wizard; what may be the whitest apartment in Manhattan; a Hell’s Kitchen loft you’d never guess was furnished by scavenging and visiting Home Depot; protest-provoking modernism in North Flushing; a Red Hook masterpiece of decorating density; Bel Air on the Upper East Side.


Quinn in the Slush

The City Council speaker’s unusual political identity—gay, female, with a good-government pedigree and a ward heeler’s instincts—makes her a strong mayoral candidate. But now her rivals have something to throw.

The Mysteries of the Suicide Tourist

Why the same things that attract millions of happy visitors to New York—the glamour, the skyline, the anonymity—also draw people from around the world to kill themselves here.


What Is the What If?

Ten thought experiments exploring the possibility of Hillary Clinton, nominee.


Rupert Murdoch Is No Yahoo

Billionaire’s X-ray vision can’t see a search-engine bid.

Bear Bankers Hibernate With Pay

Until they get laid off.

Is Christina’s Barbie a Katie?

Funny, she doesn’t look Scientologist.

Don’t Go, Hill, Says Columbia Prof

A face for victory.

A Standard Rosé for Your Dinner With André

Long Island’s finest!

Think Pink to Save the Planet

It’s trashy art.

It Happened Last Week

The Police announced last week that they’d wrap their reunion tour in the city this summer

Law & Order

A Jewish patrol group says it protects Crown Heights. Others call its members vigilantes.

The Contemporary Russian Soul

Sotheby’s takes the high-end art brands to a Moscow mall.

Just Business

The fall of book publishing’s last don.

The Love Below

A memoir gives the lowdown on the down low in the world of hip-hop.

Superfabulous Friends

A field guide to the Costume Institute gala’s fashion team-ups.


Fit for Lugging

Colorful totes to haul around, or out of, town.

The Look Book

"I know I look a little different, and to be honest, it’s nice to be noticed."

The Restaurant Review

At Olana, old-school Italian meets modern locavorism; Mia Dona is in-your-face hearty.

In Season

Think of lovage as celery gone wild.

Insatiable Critic

Faux smoke and grime above Wildwood’s bar want to suggest that barbecue belongs to the city.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 19, 2008: Hundred Acres, Scarpetta, and Curry-Ya.

Grand Ambition

Grand Sichuan's founder explains what’s wrong with Chinese food in New York.

Some Marriages Work

Some don’t. The high-low designer-retailer partnership isn’t always fruitful.


A Baghdad Rescue Operation

How one Navy officer whisked Iraqi art out of the country—and into Soho.

The Movie Review

The film we didn’t know we were waiting for: Postmodern. About Norwegian writers.

More Odd Heroes

It’s hard to remember now, but Robert Downey Jr. didn’t seem like an obvious call for Iron Man, either.

Saturday Night Live

A search party for new music.

The Theater Review

Boeing-Boeing comes out of storage, and the great Mark Rylance nearly gets it airborne.

The Trouble With Tutus

It’s spring, and the tutus are in bloom.

The Art Review

Elizabeth Peyton returns to life.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 19, 2008

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


Viva Dan Zanes

Rocker-dad now sings in Spanish too.


Comments: May 19, 2008

Readers sound off on the media's fondness for Barack Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more.

Artifact: Meet Greg and Lou

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

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