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April 8, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

When We Were Young

In a city where kids often seem far older than their years, Jennifer Senior explores the evolution of New York childhood, from the wild, free, overworked urchins of the turn of the last century to today’s hyperscheduled and carefully coddled youth; a gaggle of 5-, 9-, and 12-year-olds share their thoughts on living here now; while 39 of the city’s most notable sons and daughters—Larry David, Mark Ronson, Antonin Scalia, Whoopi Goldberg, and so many more—share memories of their formative years.
Plus: Which hotel would Eloise inhabit these days? An illustrated homage. And four centuries of kids who made the news—for writing novels, suffering terribly, being little geniuses, or altering the fate of a playoff game.
On the Covers: Courtesy of Spike Lee; Wallace G. Levison/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images (1887); Cornell Capa/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images (1948).


The Real Limitless Drug Isn’t Just for Lifehackers Anymore

Modafinil’s moment.

Canada, Hoops Juggernaut

This year’s most sought-after college-basketball recruit is Andrew Wiggins, who was raised near Toronto.

The Empire State Building Light-Show Decoder

The Empire State Building’s new LED system allows for over 16 million color combinations.

47 Minutes With Jack Abramoff

Rooting for Washington’s most reviled ex-lobbyist.

The Marquee Candidates

Four notables who’ve publicly flirted with running for New York mayor.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Here, some of Russia's more noteworthy moguls.


Best Bets

Cashmends, a crystal decanter, and more new stuff in stores.

Look Book

“As a kid, I wanted to wear red because it’s what superheroes wore.”

Lights Fantastic

From rotating tripods to a goose-feather pendant, lamps to illuminate every room.

The Restaurant Review

Mama Joy’s brings down-home cooking to industrial Bushwick.

In Season

Recette chef-owner Jesse Schenker likes Kumquats in a simple salad enhanced with mint and hazelnuts.

Scouting Smorgasburg

As Brooklyn’s preeminent alfresco buffet sets up for its third season, we introduce you to a half-dozen hopeful new vendors.


The Winner

A rainy afternoon with Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, and long-jump champion Chris O’Dowd.

The Death of the Gallery Show

Between online sales and art fairs, fewer and fewer people are showing up to see art in its natural habitat.

The Elaine Stritch File

At 88, the consummate Broadway broad is winding down her career, giving up her apartment, and moving home to Michigan. A toast.

Lucky Starlet

Juno Temple is fast becoming the hardest-working newbie in show business.

The TV Review

What Mad Men owes to Lost.

The Movie Review

Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is totally baffling. See it anyway.

The Classical Movie Review

Otherworldly sounds, from Karlheinz Stockhausen to Sufjan Stevens.

To Do: April 3-10, 2013

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.


Comments: Week of April 8, 2013

Readers sound off on Matt Lauer, Game of Thrones, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 8, 2013

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

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