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October 5, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Money 2009: What’s It Worth?

Sifting through the wreckage: the rising power of a ragtag band of apocalyptic financial bloggers; the fury of Madoff victims who feel shamed and forgotten; an inquiry into the science and theory of frugality; scavenging the skyline with a leading real-estate vulture; the deceptive math behind Eli Manning’s historic contract; and a breakdown of the city’s leading farmer–bookseller–art-vendor–discount-jeans district.
On the Cover: Illustration by Rodrigo Corral Design for New York Magazine.


A Sweet Season

The Yankees return to the playoffs next week after a stellar year.

Testing Obama’s Meddle

The president plays Chicago hardball. He should have known that Paterson doesn’t play by any rules at all.

Michael Moore, Bible Thumper

In his attempt to save America from capitalism, the filmmaker has a very powerful ally.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Lost Leader

Denmark’s P.M. cycles Central Park.

Seven Minutes With Charlene Marshall

A run-in with Brooke Astor’s daughter-in-law, in the courthouse ladies’ room.

Abel Ferrara on Those Who Checked Out but Never Leave

“I never lived at the Chelsea Hotel, but I used to visit a lot,” says Abel Ferrara.

Saturday Night Light

Ever since Fordham quarterback John Skelton showed up on a list of NFL prospects, scouts have been visiting the Bronx.


The Best Bet

New rain boots, a nightseeing map, and more.

The Look Book

“I’ve always been really tall, really thin, and really pale—it has nothing to do with the vampire thing that’s going on.”

The Restaurant Review

SHO Shaun Hergatt is a throwback to the pre-recession restaurant world.

In Season

Even the New York Mets aren’t having as bad a season as the local tomato crop.

Extra Crispy

A guide to the great fried-chicken craze of 2009.

Follow Me, Freshman

Seniors from four local universities tell freshmen where to eat, shop, and hang out on the cheap.

Deal or No Deal?

Three great places to live—each with one big drawback, and a matching big discount.


Living the Life

Gabby Sidibe’s astonishing debut in Precious.

Stuhlbarg’s Crossing

The Coen brothers turn a theater favorite into a serious leading man.

The Movie Review

A sublime suburban meltdown from Joel and Ethan Coen. Plus, Michael Moore takes his best shot.

The Undead Zone

In the beginning, zombie movies were truly frightening.

Such Sweet Sorrow

How Britney Spears in a strip club helped pave the way for the broody, witty pop collective Miike Snow.

The Mentalist

For Carrie Fisher, laughter is almost the best medicine.

The Organza Monologues

Nora and Delia Ephron stitch together a play about the power of clothes.

The Classical Music Review

The Met’s new mess o’ Tosca.

The Novelist’s Sabbatical

The literary memoir, once a career capstone, has lately become a novelist’s third or fourth book.

The Theater Review

The Public Theater’s painfully adrift Othello.


The Shell Game

Cannoli may not be as American as apple pie, but they can taste like it.


Comments: Week of October 5, 2009

Readers sound off on Obama hate, Little League, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 5, 2009

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

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