Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Untitled Document

Table of Contents

December 5, 2011 Issue

Cover Story


The leaders of “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street are busy planning a year of action that could make the last two months look like a footnote to history—with the potential to disrupt two conventions and upend a presidential election. By John Heilemann
On the Cover: An Occupy Wall Street protester on November 17. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos for New York Magazine.


Her Honor

People who think Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the looming “Obamacare” case might want to take a closer look at her first term. By Dahlia Lithwick

And Another Fifty Million People Just Got Off of the Plane

In the down economy, New York has leaned on its tourism industry like never before, attracting a record number of visitors and beating out Orlando for the title of America’s top urban-travel destination. This is good, right? By Michael Idov
Plus: Who tips, who stiffs; tourists traps for locals; two wild and crazy Estonians.


Collected Invective

Herewith, an annotated selection of lightning-rod celebrity attorney Alan M. Dershowit's hate mail.

Pop-up Pill Pusher

Opportunity in the Adderall drought.

Iowa Is Us

Deflating a campaign myth.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Haute Gefilte

Can Jewish food go upscale?

178 Minutes With Miranda Kerr

Backstage with Victoria Secret’s next top model.


Rex Deflated

It’s been a fun run, but the end of the Ryan era has arrived.


The Best Bet

Belts that offer a pop of color, REI opens in the Puck Building, and more.

The Look Book

“I can be comfortable and fashionable at the same time.”

Street Pajamas

Out of the bedroom and onto the boulevard.

The Underground Gourmet Review

A new style of Neapolitan pizza emerges from the oven by way of the Fryolator.

In Season

The often misunderstood sunchoke is actually a member of the sunflower family.

Shop New York in Your Underwear

Why brave crowds and cold when you can patronize New York’s indie shops, sites, and designers directly from your own bed?

Hey, Wanna Rent My Couch?

Short-term rentals have officially become illegal—and sneaking around the law has officially become epidemic.


Degree of Smileyness

Gary Oldman fretted about reprising the Le Carré Cold Warrior role Alec Guinness made famous.

Still the Tap Dance Kid

Dulé Hill, back on Broadway.

Loose Lips

In his chatty new history of gossip, conservative intellectual Joseph Epstein just can’t help himself.

The Movie Review

Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus gets at the heart of the play and adds cinematic bloodshed.

If She Can Make It There …

Carey Mulligan, who sometimes drinks too much Red Bull, wanted the role in Shame so badly she got a tattoo.

Please Chuckle Here

The return of the sitcom laugh track.


Slam Dunk

In 2012, everyone will be eating French dips.


Comments: Week of December 5, 2011

Readers sound off on conservatives, JFK, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 5, 2011

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

Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters may be edited for space and clarity. Please include a daytime phone number.

Mail to
  • New York Media
  • 75 Varick Street
  • New York, NY 10013