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May 11, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design Spring 2009

A peek into homes that sometimes double as studios, each embracing the spirit of a new design movement that replaces orthodoxy with flexibility: Richard Christiansen’s apartment in the Bowery Hotel; the stripped-down, improvisational Soho space of Nicola Vassell; the monotone, but not monotonous, midtown pad of Jason Wu; the playful Bushwick home office of the young founders of Design Glut, and more.
On the Cover: Photograph by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Prop styling by Jared Lawton. Hair by Creighton/Exclusive Artists using TRESemme; Makeup by Deborah Altizio/Exclusive Artists using Makeup Forever. Casting by Establishment.


Anthony and the Giant

The mayor, having used his billions to bully Anthony Weiner out of the race, is still pounding him. Which says something about the mayor, and about the resilience of Weiner’s ambition.

What Happened to Etan Patz

Thirty years ago, the 6-year-old boy disappeared from a Soho street. His father is now convinced he knows who killed Etan. But will the Patzes ever get a chance to learn the whole truth?

Grizzly Men

How four unassuming guys from NYU became everybody’s favorite New York band.


The Fear

What 100 New Yorkers think about our leading contemporary causes of freaking the hell out.

Deposing Mike

The Bloomberg L.P. discrimination suit returns to bedevil the mayor. Will it affect his reelection?

Imperfect Game

The Yankees’ unrealistic self-image.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Gay Math

Running the marriage numbers in Albany.

480 Minutes With Senator Chuck Schumer

He ran the Senate operation that got the Democrats just one GOP turncoat away from being filibusterproof. But who’s counting?

Gondry’s Deadly Sting

“I have the shit touch,” Michel Gondry says. “When I touch a song, it plummets.”

Nothing to Sneeze At

New York State now has 50 confirmed cases of swine flu and counting.

Mr. Friday Night

Jean Shepherd and his band Navegante have taken up unofficial residency at an East Harlem public house.


A Torturous Decision

Sure, Cheney and friends could be prosecuted for torture-related offenses. But could they be convicted?


Best Bets

Spring outerwear, the city's first moped garage, and more.

The Look Book

“I’ve been taking vocal lessons to get more into pop.”

The Restaurant Review

The quality of the cooking at Harbour is eternally appealing.

In Season

“Young” spinach has arrived at Yuno’s farm stand at the Greenmarket.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 11, 2009: Table 8, Watty & Meg, Sintir Restaurant, Cafe & Lounge, and Anella.


This Ain’t No Mudd Club

Eric Bogosian channels his creative crises into a new novel.

The Movie Review

J.J. Abrams restarts Star Trek, with mostly thrilling results.

Does J.J. Abrams Have Daddy Issues?

He is a Hollywood brat who grew up following his father around movie back lots.

Head-on Collision

Fearless Kate Gilmore turns accidental chaos into seriously fun art.

Six Plays in Search of a Tony

Reviews of late-season awards bait.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Ethan Coen takes to the stage.

One for All

The case for a Best-Ensemble Tony.

And the Nominees Are …

We pick the contenders and the winners.

Into Africa: Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira's Broadway acting debut is really just gravy.


Big Fish, New Pond

Chris Cannon describes his seafood restaurant, Marea, as a cross between Milos and Balthazar.


Comments: Week of May 11, 2009

Readers sound off on Andrew Cuomo, Andrew W.K., and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 11, 2009

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

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