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May 18, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Recession Culture

Economically, socially, even in terms of brain chemistry, the crash is rewriting the city’s rules.
By Jennifer Senior
On the Cover: Illustration by Darrow.


Truth and Consequences at Pregnancy High

The education of a teenage mother.

Secrets of the Deep

What lies beneath the surface of New York Harbor? For starters, a 350-foot steamship, 1,600 bars of silver, a freight train, and four-foot-long cement-eating worms.


Hudsonwood Returns

The streets are alive with the sound of people taping up flyers announcing movie shoots.

In a Fixe

The city’s most extravagant restaurants face diners low on cash and less interested in elegance.

No Revenge of the Nerds?

The wages of popularity.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Little Warhols

Post-boom, artists may rue their productivity.

330 Minutes With Selena Roberts

The sportswriter is not out to ruin A-Rod’s life. She just wanted to write about it.

Back and Forth

At the Time 100 gala on May 5, Kate Hudson and her vegetarian pal Stella McCartney chewed the fat.

Waverly Insider

Things we learned about the Waverly Inn from reading chef and partner John DeLucie’s memoir.


Best Bets

A new art bookstore in Chelsea, refined espadrilles, and more.

The Look Book

“It’s kind of like a classical look, harking back to the seventies.”

Sinning on the Cheap

The decadent pleasures of Las Vegas and Atlantic City have never been more affordable.

Swing, Batter

Which bats work best? The Brooklyn Bulldogs decide.

(Re)Starting Small

A onetime Momofuku man strikes out on his own with $135,000 and a dream.

In Season

Lambing season at Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville is just winding down.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 18, 2009: Aldea, Bánh Mì 172, Chabela’s, and Studio Square.

Bigfoot of the Hamptons

Who’s the mystery buyer said to be scooping up handfuls of houses with lowball offers?


Living With Lincoln Center

As it turns 50—and gets a face-lift—this complex chunk of city deserves rethinking. A critic’s-eye view.

The Movie Review

Tom Hanks fords a river of gore to save Catholicism in Angels & Demons.

The TV Review

The unique charm of Parks and Recreation.

Regarding Benjamin Millepied

He is perched on a desk, legs swinging like an impatient, excitable boy.

Master of His Domain

The rise and rise of conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, genius of spontaneity.

The Pop Music Review

The paradoxically soothing effects of very, very heavy metal.

Naked Ambition: Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff, who broke hearts in Spring Awakening and Hair, has ditched musicals for plays.

The Art Review

The Met’s “Pictures” show captures a moment when borrowing became cool.

The Theater Review

Until you’ve seen The Singing Forest, you can’t believe anyone would be nuts enough to write an epic farce about the lingering scars of the Holocaust.


Leek Week

Back Forty and Savoy celebrate spring with a communally seated calçotada.


Comments: Week of May 18, 2009

Readers sound off on Etan Patz, the Home Design issue, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 18, 2009

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

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