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April 25, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The City and the World

In this issue, a kind of international edition, we asked fellow New Yorkers if we could excerpt their texts and e-mails and conversations with friends and family in the Middle East and North Africa. We conducted global sidewalk polls, followed worried diplomats, and commissioned a graphic dispatch on life in shell-shocked Tokyo. We’re also inaugurating a new, occasional feature in the magazine—a different kind of travel guide: “The Urbanist’s Guide.”
On the Cover: Photograph by Horacio Salinas for New York Magazine.


How Are You… How Are You All?

Dispatches from the Middle East and North Africa to loved ones in New York.

Tokyo, a Homecoming

A graphic-novel account of one man’s return to Japan after the horror.

The Ambassador of Nowhere

When Yemen’s U.N. Ambassador quit during the troubles, he lost his job, his country, his mansion, his well-fed chauffered life. But what he kept was more important.

Global Research

What Tokyo, Beirut, Rome, and New York think about the state of the universe: A 400-person poll.

Spring Travel 2011: The Urbanist's Guide

How to eat, drink, play, and argue like local.


The Hiring Gap

A comparison of the ten most valuable U.S. companies now and in 1964.

Expect Delays

Both sides painted the White House’s now-gutted high-speed-rail plan as revolutionary. If only.

Franzenian Democracy

Obama’s Freedom-y new definition of freedom.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Trouser Math

Cotton inflation means more skinny jeans.

116 Minutes With Cecile Richards

The Planned Parenthood boss carries on the fight late into a Washington night.


This ’Melo Is

Don’t be fooled by his low-key vibe. Carmelo Anthony has brought excitement, and hope for a title, back to the Knicks.


Best Bets

Free-wheeling luggage, sizing up the latest batch of designer collaborations, and more.

The Look Book

“I want to be an actress.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

A former U.S. Navy–submarine cook is making some of the best (and cheesiest) bar food in town.

In Season

Some insist that it’s not spring until the sheep’s-milk ricotta from Dancing Ewe Farm arrives.

Life Swap, Global Edition

Keep what you like about New York … but find it somewhere else. (Even Phoenix.)


A Little Less Crazy After All These Years

Paul Simon comes to terms with his mortality—and immortality.

The Art Review

Katy Grannan lets her subjects direct her—and they often reveal far more than they expect.

The Movie Review

En route from Canada to the Mideast, Incendies leaves scorch marks. Plus: Spurlock sells out!

The Theater Review

The Tony-season blitz. Scott Brown on War Horse, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Catch Me If You Can, and Anything Goes.

His Way

Joel Grey has learned to be more positive about life. Which is a good thing, because he’s so damn busy.


What Kogi Wrought

The Korean Food Foundation is collaborating with nine local restaurants to operate a mobile kitchen.


Comments: Week of April 25, 2011

Readers sound off on Peter Orszag, Lynn Tilton, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 25, 2011

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

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