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May 7, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design Spring 2012

How Hollywood lives in (and around) a city where the only canyons are manmade. Starring the homes of Chloë Sevigny, Angela Lansbury, Greta Gerwig, Zach Braff, Whoopi Goldberg, Stella Schnabel, and Paul Feig. Plus: the former haunts of Brando, Bancroft, Minnelli, Fonda, and more. By Wendy Goodman. Photographs by François Dischinger
On the Cover: Chloë Sevigny at home. Photograph by François Dischinger for New York Magazine. Styling by Benjamin Sturgill. Market by Jenny Kang. Hair by Ashley Javier. Makeup by Daniel Martin. Prop styling by Matt Powell. Ortensia Euro pillow shams and Antonia duvet cover by Olatz.


The Red Flag in the Flowerpot

Searching through the personal archives of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward’s former assistant found evidence that a few key details of the Watergate story might not have added up—even, or especially, to Bradlee. By Jeff Himmelman

Who Is the Author of Toni Morrison?

The novelist known as Toni Morrison—née Chloe Wofford—has won a Nobel and a Pulitzer, but at 81, she’s still striving to prove once and for all that she deserves her place in the literary pantheon. By Boris Kachka

The Legendary Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin congressman has been hailed by the Beltway Establishment as an honest broker bent on slashing waste from the federal budget. But a close reading of Paul Ryan’s record reveals a very different reality. By Jonathan Chait


Beware Falling Objects

In a city full of air conditioners hanging out of windows twenty stories up, the pedestrian is ever at risk of being bonked from above.

The Run-Ray-Run Runaround

The many winners of a merely rumored Kelly mayoral campaign.

Young Trees in a Hurry

Arboreal bragging rights.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Cloudy Thinking

Music fandom gets rewired.

210 Minutes With Jennifer Tilly

At the poker table—the $10,000 buy-in table—with the actress turned cardsharp.


Irabu All Over Again?

Fortunately for Yankees fans, Hiroki Kuroda is nothing like his Japanese predecessor.


Best Bets

Prepara’s ice cream scoop, portable Bonfire logs, and more.

The Look Book

“It’s aquamarine. That’s the color that was on the dye bottle.”

The Restaurant Review

Atera’s ingredients seem plucked from nature, but appearances are deceiving.

In Season

The stinging nettle takes its name from its deceptively innocent-looking leaves harboring dozens of tiny needles.

Culture Clash

A Frenchman, a Greek, and a Turk walk into a conference room to rank New York–made Greek yogurts. Spoons, predictably, fly.


The Theater Review

Nice Work If You Can Get It and Matthew Broderick are de-lovely.

The Theater Review

Ghost: The Musical is technically impressive, and musically silly.

The Theater Review

The Lyons is rare small play that weathers a transfer to the theater district unchanged.

The Theater Review

A lot of admiration for an unorthodox Streetcar Named Desire.

The Theater Review

The dialogue is smart and sharp enough, but The Columnist feels oddly evasive.

The Theater Review

Leap of Faith vaults over a chasm of skepticism—and stops precisely three quarters of the way across.

The Theater Review

Don’t bother with Don’t Dress for Dinner.

Kvelling in Their Seats

A first-time producer on what it took to stage Old Jews Telling Jokes.

The Book Review

Our body clocks have social jet lag. And it’s making most of us a little crazy.

The Movie Review

Joss Whedon joins forces with seven comic-book heroes in The Avengers.


Mystery Meat No Longer

International Meats Local, billed as the “first sustainable street meat event,” opens May 6.


Comments: Week of May 7, 2012

Readers sound off on “How to Make It in the Art World,” conservative political donors, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 7, 2012

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

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