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February 9, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

“My Aircraft”

By landing his Airbus A-320 in the Hudson River without a single loss of life, Captain Chesley Sullenberger might have officially brought the golden age of the heroic pilot to a close. By Robert Kolker
On the Cover: Illustration by Sean McCabe.


Going Deaf and Blind in a City of Noise and Lights

Rebecca Alexander has a condition that is robbing her of her sight and her hearing. But she can’t stop moving at 100 miles an hour.

Clash of the Utopias

When the Speyers bought Stuyvesant Town for over $5 billion, they were buying one of the last refuges of the Manhattan middle class. And remaking it was harder than it looked.


Don’t Mess With Senator Tina*

*Kirsten Gillibrand, pronounced Keer-sten Jill-a-brand: But her friends mostly call her Tina.

It Ain’t So, Joe

It wasn’t A-Rod’s fault; it wasn’t Cashman’s. It was Torre’s.

Will Weiner Blink?

The race to be Bloomberg bait.

Who’s Right for the ‘Times’?

ISO: UWS-friendly conservative.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from all five boroughs.

Pessimism Porn

A soft spot for hard times.

65 Minutes With William H. Macy

Speed-the-Plow’s savior dons multiple socks and graciously accepts raw tuna.

Kennedy Pals Dis Upstate Upstart

Robert Kennedy Jr. doesn't blame Governor Paterson for sullying his cousin Caroline's good name.

E’s Potentially That Into You

In He’s Just Not That Into You, Kevin Connolly wants to settle down.

The Rookie Forward

Danilo Gallinari's performance last month helped the Knicks to a five-game home winning streak.


The Best Bet

Getting to Atlantic City for a stress-release weekend has never been easier.

New Stuff

Cityscape wallpaper, attractive iPod storage, and more.

Utah on the East River

The 2009 Winter Jam, a pro-snowboarding competition, starts here.

Sale of the Week

Searle is having a massive inventory clearance sale through February 10.

The Look Book

“My feeling is, if you see something normal, you should report it.”

The Restaurant Review

For the first time in years, there’s a superstar Chinese chef in town.

In Season

For some, grapefruit season means making your way through a Florida gift box.

Pop: The Question

Governor Paterson recently proposed an 18 percent “obesity tax” on non-diet soft drinks.

The Artful Dislodger

You never know when you’ll be called upon to expel errant food from a diner’s windpipe.

Trendlet: Musseling In

The once-ostracized mollusk is turning up everywhere.

Geek on Demand

One overburdened fashion worker gets her tech life streamlined by our guest expert.

Basic Instinct

Bye-bye, screening rooms. Give me square footage and closet space.


Three Pages a Day

John Updike’s permanent present tense.

The Art Review

On Kawara’s latest show calls for participants to read long lists of dates. Sounds easy, right?

The Movie Review

The stunning, oddly soulless film of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. Plus, Liam Neeson, awesome butt-kicker.

A Fanboy Field Guide

The movie Fanboys and the New York Comic Con are only the tip of the nerd iceberg.

The Art of Survival

Chamber-music superstars the Emerson Quartet continue to thrive after 30 years.

The TV Review

With United States of Tara, Showtime has cornered the market on outsider heroines.

Fingerpickin’ Good

A rockin’ guitar goddess finds her voice.

The Theater Review

Mercedes Ruehl is a brilliantly monolithic matriarch in The American Plan. Plus, Hedda Gabler.

Chekhov Czar: Denis O’Hare

Denis O’Hare has been weaning himself off Broadway, venturing into increasingly dark territory.


Culture at the Greenmarket

Hawthorne Valley Farm has just begun selling its yogurt in handy single-serving containers.


Comments: Week of February 9, 2009

Readers sound off on Caroline Kennedy, the windiest spots in the city, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 9, 2009

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

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