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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Thems 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.
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 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 CBSs biggest solo stockholder.
For a giddy bridal shower or a sumptuous wedding, here are the best spots for celebrating vows: Its part two of New Yorks guide to new and noteworthy party spaces. Just add guests and rings.
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
Rudys wrong: New Yorkers are way nicer than they get credit for. You gotta problem widdat?
Atlantic Grill starts off swimmingly; Iacovelli crafts another gem
Garden lighting; hardwood Knolls
Sales & Bargains
Charity begins right here: Sales that are to everyones benefit
Love and Death on Long Island is a Lolita-like comedy of longing
BY JOHN SIMON
Art critic: Yasmina Rezas play tweaks the minimalists
Maestro class: Young conductors make a stop at Carnegie Hall
The major schools of dance show that theyre losing their quirks
Sea story: Patrick Stewart, playing yet another captain, steals the new Moby Dick