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October 1, 2012 Issue

Cover Story


“They’ve ruined the place!” For as long as the New has washed onto Brooklyn’s shores, the Old has looked on in fascination, annoyance, envy, bewilderment, and resignation. But with the arrival of the biggest thing to hit the borough in decades—the corporatized behemoth that is Barclays Center—has Brooklyn’s soul finally gone the way of its beloved Dodgers? By Mark Jacobson
On the Cover: Barclays Center. Photograph by Adrian Gaut for New York Magazine.


Crystal Takes Hollywood

It might seem crazy that NBC is pinning its hopes on the wispy shoulders of the 18-year-old capuchin star of its new sitcom Animal Practice. On the other (diminutive, hirsute) hand, if anyone is up to the task, it’s probably this monkey. By Benjamin Wallace

Mitt’s Stake

The Mormon Mitt Romney has largely been absent from the campaign, a void that has made the candidate seem a cipher. Yet a look at Romney’s decade as a church leader in Boston shows a man capable of great empathy—but it’s an empathy defined by an unshakable belief in his own culture’s exceptionalism. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells


The Fightin’ Carters

Jimmy Carter's descendants show a Kennedy-esque willingness to throw themselves into a political fight.

Does “See Something, Say Something” Do Nothing?

The case against the anti-terrorism staple.

The Call Was Ruled a Fumble

Mike check for NFL replacement refs.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of new from around the city.

Libor Poker

The old new way to game Wall Street.

28 Minutes With Bill Murray

Ransacking the actor’s room as he prepares to flee Toronto.


Best Bets

A charcoal toothbrush, an iPhone amp, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“People obsess over vintage Gucci—that’s not me. I’m more particular: I like prints and textures.”

Great Room

California interior designer Kelly Wearstler glamorizes a Tribeca triplex.

Alterna-Flour Power

Two laid-back Brooklyn neighborhood spots make a convincing case for out-of-the-ordinary grains.

Restaurant Opening

Tina Vaughn and Chip Smith's Le Midi opens in Greenwich Village.

Restaurant Opening

Center Bar opens at the Time Warner Center.

Restaurant Opening

The American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson opens at Alice Tully Hall.

Restaurant Opening

M. Wells Dinette opens at MoMA PS1.

How Bad Is Your Breath?

A new–to–New York gadget promises an honest assessment.


Sufjan Stevens’s Ballet Lessons

How Justin Peck’s new piece for NYCB got its soundtrack.

The Movie Review

The time-traveling Looper makes lots of right moves, but not much sense.

Rusted in Place

Barclays Center is Brooklyn’s ready-made monument.

The Annotated Artwork: “Preoccupied Waveforms”

An installation turns synesthesia into something you can visit.

Six Artists in Sixty Seconds

From Warhol to Wegman, a fine-arts history of Polaroid.

Psy’s Global Outbreak

Why K-pop’s class clown is a hit with listeners who’ve never heard of the genre.


Not Just a Sap

Vermont’s Deep Mountain Maple syrup arrives at the Union Square Greenmarket.


Comments: Week of October 1, 2012

Readers sound off on cheating, the Republican National Convention, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 1, 2012

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

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