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August 31, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Fall Preview 2009

Things to do every day between now and November 30; six ways Bloomberg might actually lose the mayoral election; a spectrum of economic forecasts; talking with Robin Wright Penn as she returns to the spotlight; celebrating the Met’s celebration of Robert Frank; finding out how Juliette Binoche ended up in dancing shoes; learning about community college with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase; giving hotel dining a good name; and many more brisk, refreshing stories.
On the Cover: Photo-illustrations by Darrow.


Bill Thompson: Contender?

Six strategies for how this year’s Democratic underdog for mayor could, just possibly, pull off an upset over Mike Bloomberg this fall.

The Jets’ New Pilot

Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is charismatic, talented, and good-looking. But his greatest aspiration should be to remind fans of a boring guy from Baltimore named “Dilfer.”

Will the Sun Come Out?

The city’s fall economic forecast, from gloomy to … maybe not.


Hometown Hospitality

A trio of up-and-coming cooks bring a fresh perspective to hotel dining.

Retail Action

Jimmy Choo at H&M, Limelight becomes a mall, our very own Costco, and twenty other new boutiques, designer collaborations, and major makeovers.

Don’t Look Down

A new climbing gym in Brooklyn makes the one-finger hang fall’s sexiest move.

Meatpacking Mania

Nine glamorous new spots are opening in the district. But that might actually be a good thing.


Mark Your Calendar. All of It.

Your day-by-day planner to three full months in the most culturally overstuffed city in the world.

She’s So Lovely

Robin Wright Penn gives an exquisitely nuanced performance in her first lead role in four years.

You Can’t Stop the Afrobeat

The high-energy Nigerian pop of Fela Kuti comes to Broadway.

The Manhattan Project

Jonathan Lethem’s new novel takes place on the other, weirder side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

See the U.S.A.

The Met is reintroducing Robert Frank to a new generation.

Maya Lin’s Big Dig

Her new museum becomes Chinatown’s culture hub.

Where the Wild Girls Are

Amanda Blank, La Roux, and Jemina Pearl put their own fresh spins on the female pop-star paradigm.

So You Think You Can Dance

Juliette Binoche takes to the stage at BAM—as a dancer, for the first time.

Choir Girl

Lea Michele puts the Glee in Fox’s irresistible new high-school musical.


The Barns Collection

Jim Denevan launched Outstanding in the Field to connect diners with the farmers who feed them.


Comments: Week of August 31, 2009

Readers sound off on Annie Leibovitz, Peter Peterson writes in about health care, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 31, 2009

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

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