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March 16, 1998 Issue

"We opened up a column, and it was gone. There was a hollow . . . and a little red staining on the brick. But the column . . . had rusted to the point where it was gone. For four stories, from the roof down."
-- Engineer Donald Friedman, "Them's the Breaks"

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FEATURES
Them’s the Breaks
BY MARK JACOBSON

Let Los Angeles have its earthquakes and mudslides -- in New York our disasters are man-made. Rotting roadways. Bursting water mains. Falling bricks. Leaking toxic waste. With so much falling apart these days, the real drama is what stays up. Plus: Karrie Jacobs on why modern buildings might inspire anxiety.

Shooting Stars
BY ZEV BOROW

Larry Meistrich runs a little production company called the Shooting Gallery. But he wants to be Jack Warner. What to do? Build his Hollywood on the Hudson (okay, the Jersey side).

Mel Fever
BY ALAN DEUTSCHMAN

Mel Karmazin, the man who made Howard Stern a household name and took his radio empire from $17 to $170 a share in three years, is now applying his intense style to repairing CBS. Denizens of Black Rock are rattled, but Wall Street is betting on Mel -- who just happens to be CBS’s biggest solo stockholder.

Party On
BY RUTH J. KATZ

For a giddy bridal shower or a sumptuous wedding, here are the best spots for celebrating vows: It’s part two of New York’s guide to new and noteworthy party spaces. Just add guests and rings.

GOTHAM
A homeless program with support but little hope; party Time
GOTHAM STYLE Carbonate your bathwater

DEPARTMENTS
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Rudy’s wrong: New Yorkers are way nicer than they get credit for. You gotta problem widdat?

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Atlantic Grill starts off swimmingly; Iacovelli crafts another gem

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Garden lighting; hardwood Knolls

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Charity begins right here: Sales that are to everyone’s benefit

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

Love and Death on Long Island is a Lolita-like comedy of longing

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Art critic: Yasmina Reza’s play tweaks the minimalists

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Maestro class: Young conductors make a stop at Carnegie Hall

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

The major schools of dance show that they’re losing their quirks

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Sea story: Patrick Stewart, playing yet another captain, steals the new Moby Dick

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