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October 26, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Mike Bloomberg Owns This Town

The mayor’s first eight years have been, by most measures, successful, but as he barrels to a likely third term unsanctioned by voters, flattening opponents with $100 million of his own money, the implicit question on the ballot is whether the ends justify the means. By Chris Smith
Plus: The eleven next-most-titanic members of New York’s elite.
On the Cover: Mayor Bloomberg. Photograph by Dan Winters.


Never Mind the Pity

How a dying teenager’s dream turned into the making of a miraculous album.

Where the News Comes From

Walking back a single day’s top stories.


The Phantom Menace

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber recently previewed Love Never Dies for press in London.

A Fair Question

Even monkeys might resent the return of record profits—and record bonuses—on Wall Street.

Backlist to the Future

Post-book publishing.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Merits of the Merritt

Preserving the parkway.

76 Minutes With Jonathan Safran Foer

Dog-walking with the novelist and vegetarian polemicist.

Why Won’t Ivanka Just Let Herself Be a Trump?

This sunday, Ivanka Trump, 27, will marry Jared Kushner, 28. They seem to be the perfect match.

Not Kissing Matt Damon

Sarah Bradford got a shock when she tried out for a movie that happened to star her stepbrother.


Hillary Reborn

At State, as in the Senate, she often talks softly—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t carry a big stick.


Best Bets

A sparkling makeover for Bloomingdale's, a guide to shopping on West 26th Street, and more.

The Restaurant Review

They have their bright spots, but two new restaurants don’t measure up to their illustrious heritage.

In Season

Before carrots were orange, they were purple.

Restaurant Openings

Week of October 26, 2009: The Vanderbilt.

Lord of the Rings

An ancient Turkish street snack challenges New York’s bagel hegemony.


Once pedestrian, now pedigreed, the egg on a roll is the latest sandwich to get the gourmet treatment.

For and Against Foreskin

A comprehensive investigation into the pros, cons, and controversies of circumcision.


Mrs. Logic

Ayn Rand never got into an argument she couldn’t win. Except, perhaps, with herself.

Another View

Sherri Shepherd’s upbeat empire.

Jump Shot

On-set photos from the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg cop comedy The Other Guys.

Odd Man Out

On the legacy—if there will be one—of Neil Simon.

The Classical Music Review

So Percussion tries to make music out of the city’s noise.

Drawn to New York

A recovered treasure of punctilious joy.


Early Birds

This year, book a locally raised gobbler for your Thanksgiving table.


From the Editors

In appreciation of Bruce Wasserstein (1947–2009).

Comments: Week of October 26, 2009

Readers sound off on the New Jersey governor's race, the Home Design issue, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 26, 2009

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

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