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September 26, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Tsuris

Is Barack Obama good for the Jews? Bibi Netanyahu and the constituents of New York’s Ninth Congressional District don’t think so, which is troubling for the president—but even more so for Israel. By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Photo-illustration by Darrow. Quote from Hon. Abner Mikva, 2008.


All My Marriages, Divorces, Affairs, Murders, and Resurrections

Four decades of ridiculous melodrama will come to an end when All My Children goes off the air this Friday.

A Holly Golightly for the Stripper-Embezzlement Age

After the crash, financier Ken Starr was revealed to be one of the greatest hustlers of our time. But he had nothing on his fourth wife, Diane Passage. By Jessica Pressler


Slim City

A model and a dancer share their collected thinness inputs.

Shrunken Heads

The niche future of the TV mega-personality.

The Low Line

A plan for a new park banks on subterranean photosynthesis.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Whistler’s Moment

Happy-go-lucky plays well in hard-luck times.

185 Minutes With Judith Miller

After-theater drinks with the ex–Times reporter, whose new job has her dishing the criticism.


Joe Cool

The Yankee manager’s calm, even boring, style is perfect for getting the team to the playoffs. Now, can they win?


The Best Bet

An aesthete’s fishbowl, a week full of sales, and more.

The Look Book

“If I shave, I look like a teenager.”

Light on the Feet

Slippers, not ballet flats, are this season’s low-altitude walk-around shoe.

The Restaurant Review

At Ellabess, hotel dining gets a southern twist.

In Season Recipe

They’re the best choice for recipes that call for a firm-fleshed tomato with a low water content.

A Falafel in Every Pita

It’s always been a street-food staple, but never as ubiquitous and eclectic as it is now.

Six Books Per Square Foot

How does a minimalist architect deal with a client’s truckload of printed matter?

New York Exceptionalism

American debt has been downgraded. Has Manhattan real estate? A data-driven review.


The Devil on the Door

Could a painting on a dope dealer’s storefront be the last work of Jean-Michel Basquiat?

The Art Review

At MoMA, the full, amazing, ever-evolving, never-retreating story of Willem de Kooning.

The Movie Review

Brad Pitt is the MVP of stats-drama Moneyball; Weekend hits home.

The Theater Review

Reviving an old farewell, in Follies.


Fleisher’s Readies Itself for Brooklyn

The pioneering butcher shop opens a Brooklyn branch later this month.


Comments: Week of September 26, 2011

Readers sound off on Zooey Deschanel, Silicon Valley’s new generation, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 26, 2011

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

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