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April 13, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Do You Own Facebook? Or Does Facebook Own You?

The social-networking giant is trying to build trust and good feelings among users—while at the same time turning them into commodities. Can a community be built on this paradox? By Vanessa Grigoriadis
On the Cover: Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph by Jill Greenberg/ Corbis Outline.


Nate Robinson Blasts Off

In an otherwise forgettable season, the shortest player in the NBA gave an unforgettable performance.

The Impersonator

Like Bernie Madoff, Marc Dreier bilked unsuspecting investors out of many millions of dollars. But Dreier did it with flair.


Our little slice of real-estate voyeurism returns: a look at some Madoff clients who have put their homes on the market; a penthouse duplex that will floor you—and whose price may go way down; seven optimists who think now is the time to buy; and more.


Poll Tax

With April 15 nearly here, we asked 100 New Yorkers what they’re willing to pay for.

Geithner’s Guru

The turnaround artist who made the Treasury secretary telegenic.

Broke Bankers

When the liquidity crisis gets personal.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Poet of Pavement

Helen Levitt made the life of the street come alive in her photographs.

Field of Dreams

Fantasy baseball has never felt so glorious.

81 Minutes With Glenn Beck

The weepy Fox populist is enjoying his moment from the back seat of an Escalade.

Drudge Denies Honor

Out magazine has two unwilling names on its “Power 50” list this year.

Back and Forth

At the Academy of American Poets benefit, Diana Scholl engaged in some wordplay.

Steel’s New Deal

Will the New York City Opera greet the first season under new general manager George Steel with a strike?


Twins Brad and Brandon Belle are training to make the 2012 Olympics for table tennis.


Steering Detroit Straight

Obama and Geithner got it right: What’s good for GM is not necessarily what’s good for America.


Best Bets

A new app for night-owl nerds, spring scarves, and more.

The Look Book

“My style is influenced by eighties rappers like Run-DMC.”

The Restaurant Review

Josh DeChellis reimagines La Fonda del Sol.

In Season

Passover arrives this week, and with it, for the observant, matzo at every meal.

Restaurant Openings

Week of April 13, 2009: Emporio, Bodhi Tree, and Nios.

Another Bánh Mì in the Oven

Is the humble Vietnamese hoagie poised to become New York’s No. 1 sandwich?

A Pair of Promising Rookies

Where to eat burgers and upgrade your sight lines at Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium.


The Poehler Effect

Can Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation resurrect NBC? No pressure or anything…

Spring Is the New Fall

Our critic takes bleary-eyed stock of eight new shows, and reconsiders a vet.

The Movie Review

Jody Hill’s Observe and Report is icky, mean, and spectacularly funny.

The Girl Can’t Help It

With Observe and Report, Anna Faris turns her epic ditziness into fine, crass art.

Ten Lessons You’ll Learn This Summer

Our infallible guide to the May-to-August movie season.


The red-hot joint of downtown cool has been passed to Lissy Trullie.

The Theater Review

Hair retains its wispy elation on Broadway. Plus, An Oresteia’s beautiful marathon of blood.

Leaving Normal: Alice Ripley

Is Broadway ready for a rock musical about bipolar disorder?



Unlike most cafés, the Smile doubles as a boutique of sorts.


Comments: Week of April 13, 2009

Readers sound off on the Wall Street mess, Lady Gaga, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 13, 2009

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

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