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October 19, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design Fall ’09: Was/Is

A few of the city’s most dramatically transformed living spaces: an overhauled brownstone nakedly exposed to bustling 14th Street; a Fifth Avenue renovation that looks back to a glittering age; a habitable Airstream trailer inside a studio inside a Red Hook storage building; pristine spaciousness unearthed in the cramped West Village; and more.
On the Cover: Architect Bill Peterson’s state-of-the-art renovation of a formerly boarded-up brownstone on 14th Street. Photograph by David Sundberg/Esto.


New Jersey Nasty

Oversize, overdriven U.S. Attorney Chris Christie is throwing everything to try to topple Governor Jon Corzine. The ex–Goldman Sachs head has plenty to throw back.

All Yesterday’s Parties

Robert Isabell, the high-society party designer who died this past summer, conjured a vision of New York extravagance that may never exist again.


Sex and Work

A poll of 100 New Yorkers on what David Letterman did in the office, and what they’ve done.

Dave’s Crushes

Was Letterman really a predator? The sin of the office flirtation.

Homework Tea Party

President fails them.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Why the historic city needs the new.

64 Minutes With Lenny Kravitz

At 45, he’s still gonna “Let Love Rule,” with five nights at Irving Plaza.

Astor Family Values

A jury found Tony Marshall guilty of enriching himself at the expense of his mother, Brooke Astor.

Broadway Bound

Meet the new Eugene Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter ego in the Brighton Beach Memoirs revival.


Back From the Death Panel

How the public option returned from the brink.


Best Bets

New bracelets and bangles, a shiny redesigned Y, and more.

The Look Book

“In New York, I can dress like this—I’m a girlie-girl—but in Korea, I can’t.”

The Restaurant Review

Caravaggio brings a dose of extreme pre-bust nostalgia to midtown.

In Season

No one takes potatoes as seriously as Txikito’s husband-and-wife co-chefs.

What’s Your Widget?

Randomly selected locals reveal their current smartphone obsessions.


Call of the Wild

In which our hero, John Irving, engages in a bloody and epic battle for survival.

The TV Review

From Monty Python to 30 Rock.

And Now a Word From the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

By this time you’ve finally gotten to see the shows you’d spent weeks hearing about.

Conversation: The Regular Guys of Modern Family

Modern Family offers a novel development for network TV.

The Renegade Cartoonist

Enshrining Berkeley Breathed’s ‘Bloom County.’

The Movie Review

Spike Jonze puts his own poignant spin on Where the Wild Things Are.

Wild Thang: Karen O

For Where the Wild Things Are, the songwriter composes her first soundtrack.

The Theater Review

The season’s October boomlet, from Hamlet to Princess Leia.


The Game Changer

To mark the change of seasons, Char No. 4 launches a weekly Game Night on October 14.


Comments: Week of October 19, 2009

Readers sound off on persecuted gay Iraqis, bike safety, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 19, 2009

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

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