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May 6, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

Spring Interiors: The Design Gene

Is aesthetic sensibility as heritable a trait as eye color? Do our homes either adhere to our parents’ style or rebel against it? Six case studies in the transmission of taste: from Santiago Calatrava’s son Gabriel, whose architectural engineering is very much the family business, to the artistic folie à deux of a mother-daughter combo, to Cornelia Guest’s relationship with Templeton, her parents’ famous estate, to Maira Kalman and her dream room. By Wendy Goodman
On the Cover: Michael Reynolds and Eric Hoffman’s home in the East Village. Photograph by François Dischinger for New York Magazine.


Smoke Without Fire

Electronic cigarettes want to be not just the future of smoking but its heyday: Their marketers envision whole bars full of people “puffing” away. And one company, NJOY, thinks it may have finally resolved the biggest e-cigarette image hurdle: its inherent ridiculousness. By Benjamin Wallace

Occupy Penn Badgley

Freed from the Gossip Girl machine, the actor is looking for a philosophy that he can truly embrace. Step one: embodying Jeff Buckley. By Carl Swanson


James O’Keefe’s New Gonzo Army

The Breitbart protégé is hunting for some like-minded compatriots.

Artifacts on Display in the New George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas

Custom-made cowboy boots, Sadam Hussein’s Nine-mm. Glock, and more.

Cicada Preparedness

This May, billions of inch-and-a-half-long, red-eyed insects will wake from a seventeen-year subterranean slumber.

177 Minutes With Jackie Siegel

Touring ten kitchens, a 30-car garage, and a 10,000-square-foot spa with the Queen of Versailles.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Is Quinn’s Flip Showing?

Christine Quinn’s shifting term-limits position may cost her—but not in the way everyone thinks.


Best Bets

The BKLYN Designs expo, Goods for the Study opens in Soho, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“[These overalls] are Armani. I bought them in 1986 and have worn them every winter since.”


Make a scene this spring with zany, bold, and eye-boggingly patterned shirts.

The Restaurant Review

Herculean portions and a fervid fan base define the latest offering from the Torrisi boys.

In Season

Try fresh bamboo shoots in this recipe from Kajitsu chef Ryota Ueshima.

Spin City

Rotisserie chicken, plebeian no more.


The Theater Reviews

Broadway's annual Tony-season smorgasbord, reviewed: I'll Eat You Last, Orphans, Macbeth, Jekyll & Hyde, The Testament of Mary, The Trip to Bountiful, and Pippin.

With Great Power

Spider-Man and a supercharged Jamie Foxx invade New York.

The Nine Circles of Dan Brown

On May 14, dark prince of conspiracy-based historical thrillery Dan Brown will release Inferno.

The Art Review

A bracing look at the first war that was conducted in front of the camera's cold eye.

The Movie Review

Sarah Polley climbs her own family tree in the meta-doc Stories We Tell.

The Classical Music Review

The Met does Handel’s Giulio Cesare perfectly.

To Do: May 1–8, 2013

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


Comments: Week of May 6, 2013

Readers sound off on the Boston Marathon bombers, East Ramapo, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 6, 2013

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

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