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Ralph Gardner

June 10, 2002 | Feature
Cry Them A River

On the Hudson in Columbia County, one of the most hallowed of American landscapes, a plan for a vast new cement plant -- with a skyscraping, 400-foot smokestack -- is igniting civil war between weekenders and locals.

May 13, 2002 | Feature
Social Planner

Amanda Burden, the head of the city planning commission, is the new-look Bloomberg public servant: monied, socially connected, with a sharply honed aesthetic sense. And -- let's not forget -- a highly ambitious agenda.

December 10, 2001 | Feature
Living With Less

The Recession may not be as scary as some of the things the city has faced recently -- which is not by any means to understate its effect on our lives. There's some comfort, however, in the fact that we're not in this alone.

October 8, 2001 | Feature
Exit Strategies

Buying a parachute or a gas mask might seem paranoid -- but some folks aren't taking any chances.

August 13, 2001 | Feature
Country Justice

John Bradley, one of Ulster County's largest landowners, is no stranger to local quarrels. But when he brought harassment charges against opera critic Manuela Hoelterhoff -- for a rather cutting threat she made concerning his private parts -- he may have finally met his match.

May 28, 2001 | Feature
The Lands That Hype Forgot

What kind of New Yorkers would choose to spend their weekends in podunk little country towns, without ocean waves and packed restaurants and Pilates classes and traffic jams and P. Diddy and a legion of publicists?

April 16, 2001 | Feature
The $28,995 Tutor

Parents appreciate Katherine Cohen's brains and her keen social instincts. Girls appreciate her fashion sense. Boys appreciate her good looks. All this has made her the East Side's hottest independent college counselor. But it still may not get your kid into Yale.

April 2, 2001 | Feature
The Battle of Carnegie Hill

On the surface, it's a classic showdown between homeowners resistant to change and neighbors intent on improving what is, after all, their own property. But up where Andrew Carnegie built his mansion, the ranks of the preservationist army include Kevin Kline, Paul Newman, and the Patton of the perambulator set, Woody Allen.

June 12, 2000 | Feature
Parenting: Is Aol Worse Than TV?

Yes, the kids are quiet. No, they're not on the street. But parents are finding that Buddy Lists and instant messaging have their own hazards.

April 10, 2000 | Feature

Why some of New York's richest people are throwing off the tyranny of co-op boards and migrating to a new world of ultra-luxe, ultra-expensive condominium buildings.

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