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November 7, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

The Redhead and the Gray Lady

Maureen Dowd sandbagged Clinton, emasculated Gore, and saved her best shots of all for the Bush gang. Now America’s most feared columnist has a new book that asks Are Men Necessary? Well, they have their uses.


Behaviorists Behaving Badly

For most of his 92 years, Albert Ellis has promoted his own school of psychotherapy from a center located in the same townhouse he lives in. His peers voted him more influential than Freud. And he just got fired. Why isn’t Albert Ellis welcome at the Albert Ellis Institute anymore?


The Height of Fashion

A look at the new world of haute property. When fashion met realty.

Prince Street Prince

The evolution of André Balazs, tastemaker for the tastemakers.

The Open-House Log

Inspecting the shoppers while they inspect the apartments: Who turns up where after Sunday brunch?

One Apartment, 75 Years

How a Central Park West penthouse went from being a Depression-era rental to Calvin Klein’s home to years of unoccupied limbo.

Let's Play Dream House

Our team of design experts turns a $42 million mansion into a personal fantasyland. Photographs by Jason Schmidt.

Amenities Gone Wild!

Putting greens, celebrity catering, private wine cellars: Developers will do anything to make buyers look twice.

The Most Expensive Rental in New York

$55,000 a month; maid not included.

Maximalist Makeover

Giving Ian Schrager a makeover on Gramercy Park.

Market Research: Studio Apartments

From sanctuaries to cells, comparison shopping—one room at a time.

Onward and Upward?

Eight blue-sky proposals—and their chances for getting off the ground.


Rachael Ray’s Husband-Lawyer Also Sings in a Band, But Not A Very Appetizing One

All was not so yummy at Rachael Ray’s launch party last week for her new food magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray.

Aaron Sorkin Fires SNL’s Lorne Michaels

"West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin’s new hour-long drama—which NBC bought for fall 2006—is set backstage at Saturday Night Li . . . sorry, at "Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip" (Sorkin’s show’s title), a long-running live sketch-comedy show on a network with suspiciously NBC-like execs.

Kissing Up to Morgenthau

At a skanky bar by the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Al Sharpton’s Cartoon Buttocks

No longer come between Ferrer and Green.

Senile Tycoon Again ‘Kidnapped’!

Where’s Dr. Hofmann now?

It Happened Last Week

Despite a peculiar—but pleasant—“maple syrup” smell that enveloped lower Manhattan, the city’s attention remained fixated on leaks, reversals, and disclosures.

Gentrification’s Foamy First Wave

How a brewery helped make Brooklyn’s seedy waterfront safe for condo high-rises.


The nineties saw a return to the days of Engulf & Devour for Manhattan’s megacorporations, all in the name of synergy. Now the new trend: the breakup (see Viacom, Cendant). A cheat sheet for conglomerates on the rocks.


Mike is everywhere as Freddy gets aggressive—but is anyone listening?


Best Bets

Classic running shoes reissued to sneaker-lovers’ delight, a better-looking canvas bag, and other hot buys.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Hilary Bolyard of Diane von Furstenberf the Shop.

Sales & Bargains
This week's hottest sales & bargains.

The Look Book

A sculptor who “curates” a simple look.

Restaurant Review

D’or Ahn is not the misguided attempt at Korean fusion it appears to be.

The Underground Gourmet

If the Underground Gourmet were to suddenly lose his mind and open a restaurant, the first thing he'd do is post an ad on Craigslist, which seems to be the trick to unearthing superb kitchen talent these days.

In Season

A black kale recipe from Beppe.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Oct. 31, 2005: Pair of 8's, Askew, and Aspen.

Ask Gael

How can you tell it's the new Harlem?

The House That Earl Built

Knicks legend Earl the Pearl tries to up the ante on jock food.

Two-Game Series

Fall means wild (or farmed “wild”) animals on the menu, and the hunt is on at local restaurants. But don’t worry—the pigeon isn’t the kind you’re thinking of.


It’s that time of year when—even if we haven’t entered the New York City Marathon—we feel justified in scarfing down pasta as if we had.


The last dating taboo: not wanting kids.

The Everything Guide to the Caribbean

Undiscovered islands, how to find solitude on Nassau, a beach for every vice and virtue, and more.

The Culture Pages

Shrewd Awakening

Playing Samantha might have helped Kim Cattrall’s sex life as much as it helped her career.

Movie Review

It’s a shame Jarhead’s so unoriginal—Jake Gyllenhaal makes a good soldier.

Show and Tell: Kubrick's New York

The late Stanley Kubrick filmed outer space, ancient Rome, Vietnam, and the view from a nuclear missile, but when the filmmaker first looked through a viewfinder, he saw New York.

Theater Review

The safety of The Odd Couple is exactly what’s wrong with Broadway.

Trouper: Edward Hall

"I’ve always loved Mannerism, non-naturalist aesthetics. My favorite painting in the world is The Scream. When The Winter’s Tale works well, it takes you into that arena."

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Fiona Apple is peaking, Didion’s backlash-proof Magical Thinking rides high, and The Squid and the Whale and Curb Your Enthusiasm suffer the cranky judgments of the very characters they themselves satirize.

Art Review

Unlike many who mix high and low culture, Elizabeth Murray understands and appreciates both.

Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage

At Christie’s, the Eastman collection goes on sale; at Sotheby’s, it’s the eighties all over again.

TV Review

CBS’s all-star-cast disaster movie is bad in all the classic ways.

The Crusades

The talking heads are as full of information as they are of opinion. The re-creations—horses, swords, candles, cassocks—aren’t hokey in the least, except when William of Tyre foams at his bearded mouth.

Reality-TV Index

A recurring guide to which shows are on the rise and which are about to crash.


Supernatural drama, or . . . supernatural drama?

Classical Music Review

How to make classical albums without cheesy crossover pandering.

Così Fan Tutte

Sheer musical excellence is what drives this 'Cosi,' one of those now-I-can-die-happy performances that comes along rarely.

The Approval Matrix

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


The Power Grid

Scootergate is the latest inscrutable chapter in the perplexing political saga of Dick Cheney.

The Bottom Line

Why the American stock market is one of the world’s worst performers.


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