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October 20, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design: Urban Pastoral

An assortment of country idylls right here in the city: chickens, banana trees, migrating butterflies, and a modernist gem built on a rooftop in Little Italy; shopping trips to Africa and Asia end in a garden in Fort Greene; beloved pigeons bring peace—and occasionally disturb it—in gentrifying Williamsburg; a south-facing terrace doubles as a country house, not to mention a grocery store, for a couple in Harlem; Nine of this city’s 600-plus community gardens, from quaint patches of green to sprawling Edens abounding with vegetables; one woman’s penthouse converted into something between a Hollywood bungalow and the set of a Hitchcock thriller. By Wendy Goodman
On the Cover: Chris and Lisa Goode’s penthouse lawn. Photograph by Gregory Goode for New York Magazine.


Sarah Palin’s Heaven

There’s no shortage of love for Sarah Palin in the tight-knit town to which she brought strip malls and fiscal discipline. But the folks of Wasilla don’t understand why their high-school sweetheart would abandon God’s country for the other 49 states.

The Spreadsheet Psychic

Nate Silver was making a happy living as a baseball-stat wizard. But when he realized that elections were a lot like baseball games, he created the Website FiveThirtyEight to analyze the electorate, and rewrote the rules on how to predict the political future.


No Good Answer for Quinn’s Question

To extend or not to extend, or even to make a decision.

Fourteen-Digit Debt Busts Durst’s Clock

It’s time for a new one.

Credit Crisis Kills Voice-over Work

There are worse things.

MoMA Misses Big Patron

Post-Modern Wall Street.

Albany to Second Ave.: Drop Dead

No train, just pain … Elaine?

Trader Joe’s to Californicate on UWS

Battle stations, Fairway.

It Happened Last Week

It was a week of waiting to see if things could get any worse.

Why Wall Street Will Prevail

Things are bad now, but the world will never out-finance us.

The Revenge Cure for the Economy

How can we trust again?

Life and Death in the Econ E.R.

The financial crisis, as seen by a (necessarily anonymous) source within the Federal Reserve.

The Opportunity Is Where the Fear Is

What’s it like to make your living trading stocks during this calamity?


Barack’s Cool Pop

His steady, understated, optimistic populism arrived just in time.


Warm, Cozy, Mindless

What to have on hand when curling up on the couch is the sum of the night’s activities.

You Bought That Where?

Seven thrift and consignment stores to keep you stylish.

The Look Book

"I can’t leave. I just wouldn’t like living anywhere else."

The Restaurant Review

Allegretti attempts to re-create la grande cuisine, with limited success.

In Season

The loose-leafed escarole makes a terrific winter salad.


Hubris Inc.

Oliver Stone’s W. is about a man many would sooner forget—which didn’t stop him from making it.

The Pop Music Review

The Pretenders rock like it’s 1984.

The Movie Review

Mike Leigh’s delicious role model for hard times (good timing).

The Art Review

Van Gogh by night is irresistible.

The Hive Mind

How Hilary Berseth makes his buzzworthy sculptures.

The Theater Review

When Frank Langella plays Sir Thomas More, you expect thunder. What you get is drizzle.

A Shooting in Williamsburg

What was that dead body doing on South 2nd Street in Williamsburg earlier this month?

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 20, 2008

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


New Kid in Tribeca

Downtown offshoot of the 92nd Street Y.

Truffles on the Cheap

Belt-tightening is all well and good, but man cannot live by five-for-a-dollar dumplings alone.


Comments: Week of October 20, 2008

Readers sound off on the future of Wall Street, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and more.

Artifact: Make Your Own Golden Parachute

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

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