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June 29, 2009 Issue

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The Summer Issue

Our annual guide to getting the most bite out of New York’s dog days: River City! Manhattan’s 32-mile coastline, three beaches where you might actually find some peace, the myriad pleasures under and around the High Line, hot dogs—Danny Meyer and Adam Platt select the best of breed—a drink and a place to sip it for 24 hours of the day, and a cultural feast beginning now and not ending until the late hours of Labor Day.
On the Cover: Photograph by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine.


Her Enchanted Evenings

Anne Hathaway is both theater nerd and Hollywood starlet, do-gooder and glamour-seeker. And this summer, in Central Park, she is also both boy and girl.

The Old Man and the She

89-year-old Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau has set himself one last duty before stepping away: to prevent the brassy Leslie Crocker Snyder from getting his job. So far, he’s botching it.

The Fierce Sensitivity of Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The actor stars in his first romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer—a love story for his generation.

Love and Air-conditioning

Twelve writers on their most memorable summer flings.

Black and White on Martha’s Vineyard

If the Obamas join the Clintons and Caroline Kennedy on the island this August, they’ll be visiting a vacationland known for its liberal politics and for its self-imposed racial segregation.

Back to the Garden

The hippies at Woodstock seem anachronistic, but look around.

The Gay Generation Gap

Why do older gay men and younger ones often seem so far apart?

Same-Sex–Marriage Follies

Two years ago, national gay activists hatched a plan to turn the State Senate Democratic. Thus began the Albany ring cycle …


Two for the Money

How much philanthropy can one couple handle— even with a net worth of $1.5 billion?

Clown Hamlet

Underneath the Albany slapstick is a tragedy of governmental indecision.


Here’s to heating up the Subway Series.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Demanding Women

A postfeminist how-to.

Sandbar Scrapbook

Pages from Surf Journals, collages made by lifelong surfer Tony Caramanico.

123 Minutes With Liz and Martin Garbus

The legendary First Amendment lawyer and his documentarian daughter visit the family’s old candy store in the Bronx. Weeping ensues.

Ashanti, Off to See the Wizard of Shoes

On a dreary afternoon, Ashanti is admiring a sketch of a pair of pumps for her red-carpet debut as Dorothy in The Wiz.

The Reluctant Fiddler

Christina Courtin, 25, entered Juilliard to master the violin but came out a singer-songwriter.


The Obama World Order

The president’s rhetoric has helped make change seem possible in Iran and the Middle East. Now comes the hard part.


The Unbuilding of Frank Gehry

Has New York lost its great chance with an architectural legend? Gehry speaks.

The Movie Review

Visceral and addictive, The Hurt Locker is one hell of a war film. Plus, Agnès Varda’s enchanting memoir.

Popcorn Season on the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Even though no one’s yet read Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, we’re already expecting the movie adaptation to sweep the Oscars, circa 2012.

My Moby Makeover

Can the studio whiz save even a rank amateur? If only. But it could have been worse.

Apocalypse Now: Iggy Pop

As rock bands everywhere take their moves from Iggy Pop, he has gone the way of the…chansonnier?

The Art Review

There’s too much art about art at the Biennale. But maybe something’s coming out of the other side of that black hole.


On a Roll

The Asian-sandwich trend gathers significant steam with Xie Xie (Mandarin for “thank you”).


Comments: Week of June 29, 2009

Readers sound off on Kirsten Gillibrand, Palin vs. Letterman, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 29, 2009

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

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