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April 13, 1998 Issue

"We were like every mall kid you ever saw, only we got the sons of six gangsters in the Tanglewood parking lot almost every night."
-- Darin Mazzarella, "Mall Rats"

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FEATURES
School Maze
BY SUSAN BRENNA

If you’re a good student who didn’t make the cut at Stuyvesant, you might think you’d be first in line at the next best school. Think again. A look at ten hot alternative public high schools -- and the quota system that keeps smart kids out and seems to favor low achievers.

Mall Rats
BY MIKE MCALARY

The Mafia of GoodFellas and The Godfather is dead or in jail. Today’s violent young gangsters live in the suburbs, hang at the mall, and pay lip service to their elders while turning on each other and hustling movie deals. An inside look at the new face of disorganized crime.

Boogie Knight
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Ronnie Larsen made his name with 10 Naked Men and Making Porn -- crass sex comedies written to entertain gay audiences. Will his new Peep Show find similar success with the straight crowd?

Continental Cooking
BY JADE HOBSON CHARMIN

The European fall collections take their cues from our side of the pond: casual, sporty looks luxed up with lots of fur.

GOTHAM
A ministry for models; remembering Bella Abzug
GOTHAM STYLE A Fashion Week sketchbook

DEPARTMENTS
The Bottom Line
BY JOHN ROTHCHILD

A grizzly mess: When the bear market comes, it’s going to bite

The Underground Gourmet
BY PETER KAMINSKY

Shanghai surprises: The Chinese city’s sophisticated cooking comes to Bayard Street

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Happy hunting: Easter treats and gifts that go far beyond the chocolate bunny

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Spa cuisine: The Peninsula’s personal treatments and S. Feldman’s gourmet cookware

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner is full of con artists, all of whom speak perfect Mametese

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

An astonishing period ensemble brings Rameau to BAM

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