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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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
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?
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.
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
Why are the noncyclicals -- the Dow's sure things -- going down?
On Seventh Avenue
Isaac Mizrahi's house of fashion was a house of cards -- and the industry wasn't giving away the secret
The Insatiable Critic
La Fourchette's sophisticated menu ought to tempt Le Cirque lovers to the Far East (Side)
Showstopping doorstops; eye charts of all nations
Sales & Bargains
Light up your life, sleep with your baby, or just bag it
BY DAVID DENBY
Misery loves company -- but fails to find it -- in Happiness
John Updike takes a breather with a very light Bech satire
British choreographer Matthew Bourne ravishes Swan Lake
Opera's Energizer Bunny, Placido Domingo, is showing signs of age