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October 19, 1998 Issue

"The animals still aren't being sterilized. There is no education program, no fund-raising, and no effort is made to adopt out animals. All they do is kill them."
-- City Council member Kathryn Freed, "Gimme Shelter"

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FEATURES
Gimme Shelter
BY ELIZABETH HESS

Seven days a week, the Center for Animal Care and Control offers a fantastic array of pets available for adoption to a city largely unaware of its existence. Most of these animals -- some 40,000 annually -- will be killed within 48 horrific hours of arriving. There's virtually no fund-raising or publicity, and the volunteer program has been slashed. Why isn't this a cause celebre among New York's legions of animal lovers?

Grin and Bare It
BY JONATHAN VAN METER

Sandra Bernhard, toting a tot of her own, is back. Back, on Broadway, with a revamped version of her hit monologue "I'm Still Here . . . Damn It!" Back mouthing off about celebrity culture's sacred cows. Courtney, Mariah, Madonna -- is no one safe?

Cold Comfort

We sing the praises of contrarian winter travel: five cities that yield their subtlest pleasures to the savvy off-peak visitor. Gael Greene on the sulky mists in Venice's narrow streets. Francine du Plessix Gray on Paris's introspective season. Peter Carey on symphonies and surfboards in Sydney. William Boyd on London's chilly charms and welcoming pubs. And Patt Morrison on L.A.'s sunglassed Santas.

GOTHAM
The Real World: The Boat; Vallone gets religion; abduction-as-seduction
GOTHAM STYLE PETA-friendly furs; advertising's new territory; Big Bird's new bag

DEPARTMENTS
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

In this year's close elections, voter turnout isn't the big thing. It's the only thing.

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI

Why are the noncyclicals -- the Dow's sure things -- going down?

On Seventh Avenue
BY MICHAEL GROSS

Isaac Mizrahi's house of fashion was a house of cards -- and the industry wasn't giving away the secret

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

La Fourchette's sophisticated menu ought to tempt Le Cirque lovers to the Far East (Side)

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Showstopping doorstops; eye charts of all nations

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Light up your life, sleep with your baby, or just bag it

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

Misery loves company -- but fails to find it -- in Happiness

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

John Updike takes a breather with a very light Bech satire

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

British choreographer Matthew Bourne ravishes Swan Lake

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Opera's Energizer Bunny, Placido Domingo, is showing signs of age

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