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December 10, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Year in Culture 2012

Our critics reckon with the most gripping, unexpected, head-scratching, and lovely moments in the arts over the past twelve months, then unveil their top-ten lists in Movies, Television, Music, Theater, Books, and Channing Tatum, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the other standouts of 2012.
On the Cover: Collage by Jesse Lenz.


4:52 on Christmas Morning

Before dawn on December 25, 2011, a fire engulfed a Victorian mansion in Stamford, Connecticut, taking the lives of three little girls and their grandparents. One year later, Matt and Madonna Badger, the girls’ divorced parents, are wrestling with the meaning of the tragedy. By Dan P. Lee

Chris Hughes Is About to Turn 100

The Facebook co-founder has already served as Mark Zuckerberg’s in-house humanist and Barack Obama’s digital consigliere. Now, in buying the venerable, century-old New Republic, he’s out to prove that a 29-year-old worth $600 million is just the man to make the “life of the mind” scalable. By Carl Swanson


Gangnam-Buster Profits

How much is such a modern cultural achievement worth?

Combine Equal Parts Oprah and Martha

The new domestic ideal owes more than a little to the fading moguls.

There Will Be Bad Blood

But rivalries can’t be rushed.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Grover’s Best Trick

How he herds reporters.

180 Minutes With Kim Stolz

Playing hostess with the model and reality-TV star turned banker, author, and now tyro nightspot owner.


Outside In

To become mayor, Bill de Blasio has to harness the energies of the outer-boroughs—and paint Christine Quinn as a Bloomberg clone.


Best Bets

New York at Night: Photography After Dark, Missoni Converse, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I spent a year traveling as a punk with friends—riding freight trains and hitchhiking across the country.”

Get In and Get Out

Tactical mappings (stores! Snacks! Toilets!) of three gift-glutted neighborhoods, ideal for the time-squeezed power shopper.

The Restaurant Review

The legendary Le Cirque restaurateur opens a Tuscan-minded hotel outlet.

In Season

Pecorino di Fossa makes a good substitute for Pecorino Romano in this recipe for spaghetti cacio e pepe.

Parks and Rigatoni

For the High Line, a new restaurant from the Torrisi team.

Restaurant Opening

The Traif team opens south-of-the-border-inspired Xixa.

The Urban Forager

New takes on the fruit-studded, sugar-dusted Christmas cake.

The Light You Crave

When December’s short days arrive in this crowded city, everyone starts yearning for sun. These apartments can help chase away the seasonal doldrums.


Table to Farm

Things come full circle at Applewood on December 11, when the Sheas return as guests of honor.


Comments: Week of December 10, 2012

Readers sound off on traffic fatalities, the War on Drugs, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 10, 2012

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

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