The V and W Trains
Just as we finally started to understand the W line, introduced in July, along came the V train in December. As for the Q and Q-diamond lines? We're not even gonna go there.
Was Bob Pittman dissed? The announcement that Parsons would replace Gerald Levin as CEO of AOL Time Warner shocked everyone, and was interpreted by many to signal the return of old media.
America's first black president now has an office in Harlem.
"A Nation Challenged"
… and all the rest of the new news monikers ("America's New War," "America Strikes Back," "Ground Zero," etc.) that have made branding an obligatory feature of our daily news.
The Boutique Hotel Trend
60 Thompson, the Chambers, the Bryant Park, the Dylan, and two new W hotels brought Manhattan even more velvet-roped lobbies, tiny designer-furnished rooms, and instantly hot scenes.
The owners of the Red Cat were determined not to let terrorists derail the opening of their TriBeCa restaurant, the first newcomer near Ground Zero. By keeping prices moderate, they're not about to be stopped by the recession, either.
Amy Sacco's members-only West Chelsea lounge, which opened with more secrecy than a Delta Force raid, represented a new high in the clandestine nightspot trend.
Museum Mile got a new resident when cosmetics scion Ronald Lauder decided to share his collection of German and Austrian art with the public in a landmark Carrère & Hastings mansion on Fifth Avenue.
Marc (Marc Jacobs's lower-priced line)
Those of us who can't afford to blow $3,000 on Marc Jacobs's delectable womenswear now have the opportunity to blow… $300! (Seriously? It's so worth it.)
The Fiorucci Store
The rage for eighties retro reached its apex when this legendary club-kid fashion house returned to Manhattan after a decade-plus absence cherub tees and all.
Know how to get tickets? Neither do we. But we do know that they cost $480 apiece.
AbFab on Comedy Central
Thanks to Patsy and Edina, our weekend now begins on Monday night….
Brooklyn's back in the game! A sold-out season at their new Coney Island stadium propelled the minor-league team to major-league stardom.
Williamsburg's Music Scene
Yes, underground types have been living here for years. But in 2001, the opening of new rock clubs like Luxx, Northsix, and Warsaw alongside (relative) old-timers Pete's Candy Store and Galapagos -- confirmed Williamsburg as the epicenter of New York's homegrown music scene.
The place to see-and-be-seen in 2001, the Park is that rare hotspot where the high-concept décor actually shows imagination and the cuisine lives up to the scene. Could it be the new Area?
Diners rushed to Tom Colicchio's new restaurant for the unusual privilege of paying dearly to make their own meal. DIY cuisine: the ultimate expression of chef chic.
After $120 million, a call from Rudy, and a haircut, Oakland's star player landed a seven-year contract to play for the Yankees. And he cried at the press conference that announced his arrival, endearing him to fans before he even set foot on the field.
In succeeding Joe Leylveld as Executive Editor at the Times, Raines leap-frogged over managing editor Bill Keller.
The Twin Towers
9:50am The south tower fell.
10:29am The north tower fell.
O'Neill and Tino Martinez
They've got numerous World Series rings between them, but we still feel badly that the elder statesmen of the Yankees are heading out of town.
He's not gone yet, but the AOL Time Warner CEO's
departure announcement stunned even the most astute industry observers.
Does he know something the rest of us don't?
Century 21 downtown
Now that we need bargains more than ever, we're
really missing this classy discount department store. Fortunately,
damage caused by the WTC collapse wasn't permanent, and the store
does plan to reopen eventually.
No more noodle dancing, Phish covers, jam bands, drum circles, or
dreadlocked minors trailing pot smoke like Pigpen's dust clouds.
We'll really miss the van.
The Apple-Martini Fixation
In the world of $15 cocktails, green was the new pink as apple-infused concoctions replaced cosmos for about as long as we cared about Lizzie Grubman.
Twilo and Tunnel
Rudy 2; druggy megaclubs, 0.
After 66 years, the last issue hit the stands shortly after the terrorist attacks. The final cover girl? Felicity's Keri Russell.
No surprise but still.
The "journal of academic life" folded after its sole investor withdrew funding. The Chronicle of Higher Ed's still around, but who's going to report on academic readings of Seinfeld?
After opening to much fanfare in the new Dylan Hotel, chef Didier Virot's classic French restaurant proved to be too haute for lean times.
Signaling an end to a certain late-nineties incarnation of hipster cocktail culture, this lounge/restaurant at One Fifth Avenue closed its doors in October.
Peter's Ice Cream Parlor in Brooklyn
Even the most cynical Brooklynites thought gentrification would spare this beloved local landmark. But the old-fashioned ice cream parlor on Atlantic Avenue served its last scoop in March.
The Old Ratner's
This classic Lower East Side restaurant was not only downsized (to make room for an expansion of the Lansky Lounge), but doesn't even keep kosher anymore. Oy vey!
The matriarch of pansexual, pan-sinful nightlife and the progenitor of parties like Jackie 60, Click & Drag, and Clit Club took a hint when khakis replaced latex as the Meatpacking District's after-dark dress code. Short-lived East Village successor Daddy has also closed.
With owner Jeff Gossett shifting focus to Moomba L.A., the original canoodling cavern closed last spring. Hey, wasn't that around the same time that Kate Moss went back into rehab?
Could it be that it's really not that much of a burden to walk to the local video store?
The last, best holdout from the good ol' days when the words "online magazine" were not an oxymoron, Feed went the way of Suck, Word, and so many others.
In the post-September 11th era, this restaurant had three strikes against it: a luxury-hotel location, an $89 prix-fixe, and a high-concept menu that eschewed traditional courses in favor of categories like "Ocean and River." (They still serve Sunday brunch, though.)
Remember the days when Internet stocks were unstoppable? So does Blodgett, the Merrill Lynch whiz-kid-who-called-amazon's-rise. The web's salad days are now history, and so is Blodgett, who accepted Merrill's buy-out offer and is leaving the firm in relative disgrace.
Few coaches get as emotionally involved in their team's
ups and downs as the Knicks' Van Gundy. So it's no wonder that he's
had enough of life on the court. It's not easy to turn your back
on a team that's promised to pay you $7.5 million for two more years.