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April 22, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

The Albany Machiavelli

The first two years of his term have been an almost unqualified success for Governor Cuomo—bills have been passed, deadlocks have been broken, and poll numbers have stayed strong. He’s proved himself a genius at transactional politics, but how far can that take a politician? By Chris Smith
On the Cover: Andrew Cuomo. Photo-illustration by Darrow. Mike Groll/AP Photo.


Hands Off

A growing community of young men believe that abstaining from masturbation will bring them greater confidence, more testosterone, and also maybe a girlfriend. By Emily Witt

In Conversation: Michael Pollan

The premier promoter of the ethically minded, locally grown approach to feeding ourselves holds forth on his favorite junk foods, his microbial menagerie, and the evils lurking in a tube of Go-Gurt. By Adam Platt


Real Estate Déjà Vu

Is this 2006 all over again?

Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Trip to Cuba …

“Turn[s] a blind eye…to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.”

The Second Act for Obama’s First-Termers

President Obama’s new team is almost in place, which means a slew of Washington insiders have had to find new gigs.

94 Minutes With Sebastian Junger

Finding meaning in tragedy with the thrill-seeking journalist.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Best Place to File Your Taxes...

If you are an Eskimo whaling captain, 100 years or older, or training to be a witch.

The Tech World’s Tactics for Keeping Workers Working

They’re as famous for their grueling work hours as they are for their lavish perks.


Best Bets

Moleskin colorways, a copper-plated steel chair, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

“When I was [modeling] for Balmain, Jack Benny invited me to a party at Maxim’s. Sammy Davis Jr. was there.”

The Restaurant Review

Midtown restaurants Harlow and Bill's Food and Drink evoke a bygone era in dining.

In Season

Your best bet for turkey eggs is a farmers’ market, where the exotic-egg variety is widest this time of year.

Battle of the Baseball-Stadium Concessions

To determine who dominates the culinary zone, we pitted the Yankees against the Mets in four matchups of burgeoning categories of ballpark grub.

Spring Travel 2013

Unexpected ways of seeing the world, where the mode of transport is as memorable as the trip itself.


Wayne Coyne Battles the Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips get dark.

The Vandals of 53rd Street

MoMA’s razing a lovely, significant building. No museum should do that.

Better Than Fiction

How documentary became the most exciting kind of filmmaking.

The Black-and-White Era, in Color

Photographs from then that look like now.

The Art Review

Jerry Saltz on the Met’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.”

The TV Review

Prequels Hannibal and Bates Motel don’t sweat their source material much.

The Theater Review

Somehow, a goodly dose of Roald Dahl’s puckish sourness makes it onstage in Matilda.

To Do: April 17-24, 2013

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


Comments: Week of April 22, 2013

Readers sound off on synthetic drugs, BuzzFeed, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 22, 2013

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

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