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December 20, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Reasons to Love New York 2010

Six years into anatomizing our love for the city, there is still no shortage of things to feel good about in this town. For example: Three native daughters now sit on the Supreme Court; disgraced actresses (Lindsay Lohan) and politicians (who do you think) get a clean slate here; neighborhoods come together to find lost stuffed animals; public displays of affection are never out of style; and much, much more.
On the Cover: Design by John Gall for New York Magazine.


Bridge and Tunnel Crowd

The Queensboro Bridge—or, if you prefer, the 59th Street Bridge—is about to get yet another identity.


The fate of Ross Global Academy.

Fat Cookbooks

How they got so hefty.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Wall Street Without Parties

Bulge bracketers sulk as lesser firms cut loose.

82 Minutes With Al Goldstein

Recovering from a stroke in his VA-hospital room, the porn pioneer is a model patient. Mostly.


Caught in Their Web

We might not like Mark Zuckerberg or Julian Assange—but we’re going to have to learn to live in the world they’re making.


Best Bets

Pierre Hardy's new flagship, a more sustainable Christmas-tree, and more.

The Look Book

"When they say red is the new hair look, I want to go orange. I like to be the outcast."

Underground Gourmet Review

Hand-pulled noodles go organic and gourmet.

In Season

Christmas would not be complete without a batch of these almond sponge-cake concoctions.

Everything But the Oink

We test the limits in this serious carnivore’s guide to the golden age of pork.

Incredible Bulk

This winter, you’re not a pedestrian—you’re a snowplow.

It’s Hard to Pass Up a $39 Peacoat

We plucked shoppers off the checkout line at the new Fifth Avenue Forever 21.

On the Table

Six apartments, at every price point, that’ll satisfy your appetite.


The Stunt Man

Can CollegeHumor’s Ricky Van Veen turn viral funny into the future of TV?

Look at Me

Baryshnikov protégée Aszure Barton choreographs what every dancer wants—and fears.

The Movie Review

The year-end awards bait arrives, led by The Fighter, True Grit, and How Do You Know.


First Look at Graffit, Opening Next Weekend

Take a look at the space, and the menus.


Comments: Week of December 20, 2010

Readers sound off on the top ten pop albums of 2010, the best art shows of the year, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 20, 2010

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

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