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November 12, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The City and the Storm

After Sandy, powerful and powerless have taken on new­—and familiar—meanings: Lloyd Blankfein’s over-preparedness problem and the forgotten residents of Gerritsen Beach; the NYU nurses who saved twenty premie babies and the firefighters who had to watch Breezy Point burn; Bloomberg and Cuomo’s emergency partnership; Chris Christie in High Ahab; and the politics of storms and waterfronts and unfrozen food.
On the Cover: New York City on October 31. Photograph by Iwan Baan for New York Magazine.

What We Saw When the Lights Went Out

Christie's Apocalypse

A biblical governor has his come-to-Jesus moment.


Memories for company on Grand Street.

Goldman Has the Power

"The Power!" shouts Lloyd Blankfein, lifting his arms in the air.

T-Minus Eight Days

A political storm.

Lapping the Sea

The only way the city can embrace the water is by repelling it. Lovingly.

A Hospital Flatlined

The evacuation no one would have planned.

Fire Water

Breezy Point, trapped between the hurricane and the flames.

Foul-Weather Friends

Mayor and governor, bonded in crisis.

The Sinking of 22nd Street

Art and commerce underwater.

Any Food in a Storm

The power of Pringles and chicken soup.

Refuge at Resurrection

Gerritsen Beach seeking shelter, and Manhattan's eye.

Book Publishing at the End of the World

A glass shatters, an industry panics.

Spoiled Goods

At a deli that never closed, New Yorkers who wouldn’t change.

When You Were Born

Electricity to the north, darkness to the south, the future out there somewhere.

A Taxonomy of Hurricane Sandy

What New Yorkers got accustomed to during the storm.



The eldest son of the Reverend Jesse Jackson was supposed to fullfill his father’s political ambitions. Now he’s under investigation for his role in two scandals and has been hospitalized for bipolar disorder and depression. What happened to derail a once unstoppable career? By Jason Zengerle

A Brain With a Heart

Oliver Sacks became the most celebrated brain doctor in the world by exploring neurological curiosities that science has struggled to explain. And with the publication of his twelfth book, Hallucinations, he’s training his gaze on the mystery of himself. By David Wallace-Wells


Sandy and the Suitors

The storm swept one candidate toward the finish. But whoever loses has only himself to blame.


Best Bets

A tilted ceramic mug, a salt nest, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

“I’m going to ballroom-dancing class. There are more boys than girls, so we have to share the girls.”

The Restaurant Review

At the new Madison Avenue outlet of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Cesare Casella turns out accomplished, if pricey, Italian fare.

In Season

Seamus Mullen serves fried sunchokes as an alternative to fried potatoes.

Thanksgiving, Highfalutin and Homey

Daniel Humm shares cutting-edge, Michelin-quality dinner, while Larry and Marc Forgione serve up a traditional family-style feast.


Solange's Jobs Report

Singer. Producer. Blue Ivy babysitter.

The Movie Review

Lincoln preserves the union between drama and history lesson.

Clarification: Bond Flick or In-Flight Shopping Catalogue?

The difference between Bond flicks and in-flight catalogues.

"A Bulldozer of Love and Fear"

Vanessa Paradis on the problem with soul mates.

Chita Rivera Chooses Her Own Adventure

A Broadway icon slings opium in a new Edwin Drood.


Comments: Week of November 12, 2012

Readers sound off on the Autism spectrum, Jemima Kirke, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 12, 2012

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

From the Editors

Following Hurricane Sandy, an improvised newsroom was soon up and running, with 32 editors, photo editors, designers, and production specialists.

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