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July 16, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Eat Cheap 2012

Once again, our Underground Gourmets have ferreted out the best dumplings, tacos, seasonal greens, and expensive-looking foods whose looks may just deceive. By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
Plus: A survey of pizzaiolo innovation; the pork-bun explosion; and Adam Platt’s ranking of the city’s truly dirt-cheap meals.
On the Cover: Photograph by Christopher Griffith for New York Magazine. Food styling by Karen Evans.


In Conversation: Spike Lee

The auteur of Brooklyn talks about his new movie, Red Hook Summer; what it was like meeting Mitt Romney; and why Malcolm X couldn’t get made today. He’s also got some thoughts on those Knicks—and Nets. By Will Leitch

Reddit in the Flesh

With 35 million users each month, Reddit is perhaps the most influential community on the web, a hive of traffic-spiking opinion. When its members meet in person, however, human shyness vies with human bluster. By Matthew Shaer

The Art of the Flame-Out

Yayoi Kusama came to New York in 1958 to be famous and ended up back in Japan in a mental hospital. Which did wonders for her career. By Carl Swanson



Rupert Murdoch has used his captivating Twitter feed mostly to blurt genial disapproval of the not-small number of things he finds irksome.

The News Is Out

And the world, thrillingly, mostly yawned.

Sit. Stay. Good Mom!

Learning to underparent.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Sliming the Ghost

Christie’s Corzine grudge.


This Could Be Amazin’

For the Mets, 2012 was supposed to be a lost year. Now another miracle seems possible.


Best Bets

The brand-new Buckybars up the ante in desktop sculpture-making.

Anja Ploetz, Photographers’ Agent

“I love saris. I’m just so into it.”

The Everything Guide to Taxis

From outer-borough cabs to a radical new design, the taxi world is seeing historic changes. To mark the occasion, we hung out in the backseat of a couple of cabs on Saturday nights, picked experts’ brains to help you zip around town faster, and more.


Is This an Actor Which I See Before Me?

Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth.

The Movie Review

A real-estate billionaire and his wife get a taste of foreclosure in The Queen of Versailles.

Comic's Counselor

Marc Maron feels other comedians' pain, from his garage.

The Book Review

Jim Holt asks the big question in Why Does the World Exist?


Press to Play

City Bakery chef-owner Maury Rubin transforms the bakery’s small back counter into a juicing station.


Comments: The Week of July 16, 2012

Readers sound off on Roger Federer, Nora Ephron, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 16, 2012

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

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