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July 18, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Cheap Eats 2011

Our annual guide to gorging with a light wallet, including a wide array of low-cost discoveries, a selection of street-fair tasting menus, an introduction to Xinjiangese chicken stew, and the best cheap-eats joint of the year.
Plus: A culinary tour of Queens.
By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
On the Cover: Illustration by Zohar Lazar for New York Magazine.


Bycatch 22

As a twisted consequence of overfishing regulations, commercial fishermen have no choice but to catch sea bass, flounder, monkfish, tunasóand throw them dead back into the sea. By Tom Gogola

It’s OK to Eat the Art

How Jennifer Rubell found her place at the table as an artistóby first catering it. By Kera Bolonik

'Little Gitmo'

When an upstate imam named Yassin Aref was convicted on a suspect terrorism charge, he was sent to a secretive prison denounced by civil libertarians as a Muslim quarantine. By Christopher S. Stewart



Why some American films go over better across the Pacific than they did at home.

The Stimulant Stimulus

Could something other than Rick Perry’s business-friendly policies be keeping the Texas economy buzzing?

Punch Line Drives

Reyes conquers clichéd haplessness in Flushing.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Sympathy For the Steamroller

Passing the ex test.

34 Minutes With Bobby Brown

Backstage at an unlikely New Edition reunion, the New Jack bad boy is grown up and sober.


Wanted: Economic Savior

The Tim Geithner era is almost over. And his replacement may be the most important appointment Obama ever makes.


The Best Bet

Onyx’s stainless-steel ice-pops molds, slap-bracelet watches, and more.

The Look Book

Chris Benz, fashion designer, and Katlyn Masker, student.

The Urbanist’s Berlin

Drinking, dancing, and tank-driving where little is verboten.

The Underwater Penthouse

The richest co-op in town may be facing its first-ever foreclosure. How can that be?


We Must Be Superstars

In defense of pop (and maybe narcissism, too).

The Book Review

A new collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s early work shows him to be the world’s sweetest man of war.

The Movie Review

Does the final Harry Potter cast a spell? Plus: Errol Morris’s juicy Tabloid.

Based on a Half-True Story

Lately, it’s all about rewriting the watershed moments of the sixties.

Area Wizards

As the final showdown nears, New York’s imaginary Hogwarts alums suit up for battle.

Denizens of the Quotidian

The dependably wry power pop of Fountains of Wayne.


What to Drink at the Meatball Shop

Opening next week in Williamsburg.


Comments: Week of July 18, 2011

Readers sound off on Frank Rich’s inaugural article in New York, Bradley Manning, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 18, 2011

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

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