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June 28, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Summer Issue

Our yearly companion for anyone looking to get wet, get cool, get naked, or get down while the sun burns bright. Including: a flowchart guide to choosing the right beach for your mood and traffic tolerance; playtime suggestions, from Coney Island to bicycle polo, for individuals of all ages and adrenaline levels; and much, much more.
On the Cover: Photograph by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine.


More Heat, Less Light

Good-bye, polar bears. Hello, oil-drenched pelicans.

Prince of the Pines

Is a gay ghetto still relevant in the summer of 2010? One 27-year-old real-estate investor thinks so.

The Lure of the Jersey Shore

What has made America fall in love with the Côte Crass?


Are They Working?

Here we check back in to see how our laid-off New Yorkers are doing.

Divorce Liberation

With New York on the brink of being the last state to allow no-fault divorce, whose fault was it that it took so long?

McNally Zone

Our real theme restaurants.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Why You Miss Afghanistan

Junger, back from the war.

49 Minutes With Al Pacino

Under a tree in the park, considering Shylock, the troublesome Merchant of Venice.

FOB 400

Where in the world will Chelsea wed? And who’s invited?


Out, Damned Spill, Out

BP’s hypocrisy problem—and ours.



Summer is no time to be sedentary.

On a Roll

How a lobster glut in Maine has democratized, and energized, crustacean cuisine in New York.

Elevated Drinking

A flood of rooftop bars—some new arrivals, some recharged classics.

Make It a Quadruple

True decadence doesn’t come in a tumbler.

The Ultimate Beach Finder

Hot dogs or pierogies? Surfing or cruising? A sea of humanity or just the cool, blue sea?


American Idiot

Paul Rudd’s smarter brand of summer comedy.

Madam Helen

“I’m still the good girl who wants to be a bad girl…”

The Hit Whisperer

Dr. Luke doesn’t know why he hears so many No. 1 songs.

Sia, the Power Balladist Who Wants to Party

Sia Furler on her rise to fame and new album We Are Born.

Nicki Minaj, the Rapper With a Crush on Meryl Streep

Why hip-hop needs female rapper Nicki Minaj.

The Movie Review

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is a blockbuster with heart, as splendid as the previous two.

Have Yourself Some Culture: Day-by-Day Good Times

The best concerts, outdoor events, and culture happenings of summer 2010.


Spend July 4 Roasting Oysters in Greenport

Oysters, like fine wines, taste distinctively of their birthplace.


Comments: Week of June 28, 2010

Readers sound off on Bernie Madoff, nannies' rights, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 28, 2010

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

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