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A Special Place to Plead One's Case: Third Mental Health Court Opens

Some criminal cases meet with 'problem-solving justice.'

Can You Hear What I Hear?

Walter Sear and his Sear Sound are the last of the analog champions.

Nothing Really Matters

Author Tom Lutz talks to Sabine Heinlein about 400 years of slacker culture.

Lips Inc.

Hip-hop disrespects them. Subway patrons love them. Beatboxers make some serious noise.

What's real in "Borat"?

Everything you wanted to know about the Kazakh road trip—what was staged, who was an actor, and who was just hapless comedy roadkill.

Arabian nights

In its fourth year, the Arab-American Comedy Festival will do anything but bomb.

OutKast's last hey ya

Has hip-hop's once unstoppable juggernaut finally chugged to a halt?

Big man on campus

Author Jeremy Iversen went undercover as a high school student. The experience taught him about text messaging and steroids -- and the failures of U.S. education policy.

Smoke and struggle: training a wildland firefighter

We watched fires burn across the canopies of forests and rumble like demons. “It’s Satan,” said our instructor, “Can you hear him?”

The Ghost Ships of Coney Island Creek

Burned and rotting hulks of abandoned vessels jut from the dirty beach into the silted, sluggish water of Coney Island Creek. No one is sure when the two dozen wrecks arrived at this little waterway at Bensonhurst's southern tip. No one even knows their names.

Toronto AIDS Conference Targets Bush

Activists and supporters sound off on President Bush’s plan to spend $15 billion to fight AIDS—known by the acronym PEPFAR—and its approach to preventing HIV infections worldwide.

Cool Jews

We've gone from badasses Lou Reed and James Caan to jackasses Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. Where are the hip male Jews?

Book Helps Decode Supermarket Gobbledygook

Supermarkets are not evil giants, but they are caught up in the business of giving you what you want, and figuring out what makes you want something.

Leisure Scoop

One of my more significant childhood experiences took place at a leisurely Sunday barbecue, when an employee of my father’s asked his infant: “What does daddy do at Mr. Heinlein’s company?”

Protesters Focus on U.N. Gathering

AIDS activists press world body for tougher action during special session on epidemic

The Prom Without Boys

Muslim teenagers remake an American rite of passage

Freedom Undefined in Afghanistan

How the New York Times accidentally covers up the contradictions of Aghanistan with the euphemisms of "freedom."

First Prize: A Chance to Stay

They want to live in the United States, but a gallery competition for foreign-born artists may be asking too much.

Poetry in Felt and Slate

Eighty-three years and three generations make Blatt a New York institution. Sam Blatt immigrated from Russia in 1913, and though a cabinet maker by trade, he knew an opportunity when he saw one.

Seeking to Recapture the Glory of the Past. Or Maybe Not.

In Greenpoint, the pool at McCarren Park is surrounded by weeds and signs that read 'Danger.' In some eyes, that's the way it should stay.

Lip Gloss

Acid-eating Okies keep the reverb and bunny suits, can the chemistry

Migration: On the Wing With Monarchs

For 72 days Gutiérrez had accompanied the monarchs on their migration, from Montreal to Michoacán, logging 4,375 miles and drawing attention to the numerous threats they face as they travel across North America.

Moored in Legend, and the Talk of the Town

The oral history swirling around an anchor casts a light on the days when the neighborhood was the nexus of wealth and power in Brooklyn, then an independent city.

Greenpoint’s Empty Space

"In Poland they might have been functioning alcoholics; they had work and a support system. But here bad tendencies increase and the men find themselves on a different social level. In New York, they live like on the moon."

A Marriage, When the Spirit Moves Them

Rearing back like a raging snake, the woman hisses and writhes on the floor. Another divine match.

Only the Store Is Gone

While a sign is the only material evidence of the store's 76 years in Manhattan, Gimbels is living a new life in that peculiar New York lexicon of things that no longer exist.

Agencies Join Forces to Aid Older Tenants

In New York's expensive and competitive housing market, many landlords seeking higher rents have become more aggressive in trying to evict older tenants.

Blasts From the Past

The High Line, the West Side railroad that will soon be a park, has a 72-year history as intriguing as its future.


Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature’s most celebrated memoirists—by passing himself off as Native American?

Onward Into the Audioscape

The Strokes upgrade their cute dishevelment but leave a few too many sexy hooks behind