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September 17, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The New New Girl

Mindy Kaling thinks she’s much more than just a great Indian-American female comic, and in creating, writing, and starring in her new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project, the former Office staffer is out to prove it. By Jada Yuan
Plus: An Emmy Special.
On the Cover: Mindy Kaling. Photograph by Zachary Scott for New York Magazine. Styling by Gillean McLeod; Prop Styling by Kendall Faeth; Hair by Carlos Ortiz for Shu Uemura Hair Products at Cloutier Remix; Makeup by Kayleen McAdams for Yves Saint Laurent at the Wall Group; Houndstooth dress by Trina Turk; Photographed at the Original Smashbox Studios in Culver City.


The Land That Time and Money Forgot

New York has the biggest, oldest, and most successful public-housing authority in the country—a world unto itself that for decades held up its end of the social contract. But the projects have fallen on hard times, and longtime residents fear that the city is now angling to sell off their homes. A journey through Nychaland. By Mark Jacobson

How Do You Say “Early Admission” in Mandarin?

Education magnate Chris Whittle has a vision: an international network of for-profit prep schools that groom students for Ivy League admission and entry into the Davos class. The experiment begins this week at Avenues: the World School in West Chelsea. By Carl Swanson


Cover Babies

A look at the modern era of celebrity-baby journalism.

The Digital Elite

Smartphones are getting huge. Can the average-size thumb keep up?

The Pride of Moonie High

Oh, the stories we did tell.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

How Bad Is Bain?

Romney Co. in context.

51 Minutes With Nick Swisher

In a gloomy month, with an uncertain future, one Yankee is trying to smile. Guess who?


The Dog and the Preacher

Why, this time, hope will need a lot of help from a certain ex-president.


Best Bets

For home experimentalists: Molecule-R’s Cocktail R-Evolution molecular-mixology kit.

The Look Book

“I did a one-woman show at the New York Fringe Festival, and just turned it into a book for Penguin.“

The Restaurant Review

Battersby is only the latest example of a culinary power shift to the east.

In Season

Although it might seem slightly perverse to recommend you find some nice hard unripened green tomatoes, that is exactly what we’re doing.

The South Is Rising

Williamsburg, or part of it, anyway, is undergoing yet another wave of change.


And How Do You Feel About That, Mr. Draper?

We had UCLA-affiliated psychiatrist Paul Puri diagnose TV’s most compellingly mental anti-heroes—and prescribe the treatments that might ease their conditions (but make their Emmy-nominated shows less interesting).

TV on the Couch

How the best shows are turning viewers into shrinks.

The New Adventures of Christine Baranski

One raised eyebrow from her, and you’re toast.

Secret Agent Mandy

He’s back on TV. For good this time.

Don’t Thank Twice

Emmy speeches by the numbers.

Madison Avenue Freeze-Out

Four ex-Mad Men stars readjust to life outside of Sterling Cooper.

The Movie Review

There won’t be blood in Paul Thomas Anderson’s chilly, cerebral The Master.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Fall’s here, and suddenly we’re buried in serious films, important novels, and promising new TV shows,


Extra Special

A narrow slip of a lunch counter by day, small-plates-dispensing wine bar by night.


Comments: Week of September 17, 2012

Readers sound off on Joe Biden, the Jets, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 17, 2012

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

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