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Top Five Archive

January 13, 2003
Top 5 Places to Listen to Music Before You Buy

It’s happened a thousand times: You hear a song, you buy the album, and the other eleven tracks are duds. At these accommodating CD shops, however, you can try before you buy. Listen up.

December 16, 2002
Belly-Dancing Restaurants

Forget what your mother said: Staring is required when belly dancers are present. Season bites of baba ghannouj with a little shimmy.

November 27, 2002
Holiday Volunteer Organizations

Turkey tastes better when you're helping someone less fortunate. So tie on an apron, break out the baster, and hit the streets.

November 18, 2002
Thanksgiving Pies

Pilgrims and Indians. Lions and Cowboys. Celebrating the harvest and watching the Underdog balloon spiral out of control on Broadway. Yes, Thanksgiving is all that. But what it really comes down to is saving room for pie. Our choices for your table.

November 11, 2002
Wireless Internet-Access Sites

There's Internet in the air: Hot spots all around the city let you log on without a phone line. Grab a laptop with a wireless network card, and stop by these locales for a high-quality signal. (Visit for further technical support.)

November 4, 2002
Halloween Movies

Drunken bridge-and-tunnel kids at the Halloween Parade aren't the only scary thing in town this weekend. Here, five cinematic frights, from classy to camp.

October 28, 2002
Twentieth-Century Biographies

This season, publishing's all about the heroes of the baby boom. Five new biographies showcase the best of their era.

October 21, 2002
Offbeat Street Eats

Forget Sabrett hot dogs and those "meat"-over-rice combos. New York's best sidewalk cuisine is flavored by nearly every nation on earth.

October 7, 2002
Private Libraries

The New York Public Library on 42nd Street is a civic treasure. But the city is strewn with specialist collections and reading rooms that -- for modest fees -- offer quiet and respite from Net-surfing term-paper writers.

September 30, 2002
Pearl-Tea Bars

Those bars serving milky tea drinks full of chewy, funky tapioca pearls -- Chinatown's answer to Starbucks -- are bubbling up all over town. Why not balance sweater season with a light, sweet tonic?

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