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February 1, 1999 Issue

"I was once asked to bring a lawsuit against outdoor cafés. I like outdoor cafés. It gives the city a European feel. That's where I part company with my brother and sister activists."
--Attorney Jack Lester, from "Neighbors Unite!"

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FEATURES
Neighbor's Unite
BY SASHA ABRAMSKY

The streets are clean, quiet, crime-free -- and residents are determined to keep them that way, nixing clubs, grocery stores, movie theaters, even toy stores. How a growing army of quality-of-life activists and a cadre of gadfly lawyers is battling commercial enterprises of every stripe.

Brickbats and Bonbons
Q & A BY MAER ROSHAN

Gael Greene and John Simon have been calling them as they see 'em since New York's earliest days. Over lunch at The Four Seasons, they dish three decades of dining, drama, and other indiscretions.

Alma Matter
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Physicist Brian Greene's lectures on string theory are the hottest ticket on the Columbia campus, and his book The Elegant Universe is compulsively readable. Explaining the seductively named "Theory of Everything" in comprehensible terms, Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes. Did we say the professor's also very cute?

Cover Me
BY SALLY SINGER

NYPD Blue's sexiest plainclothes detective (Kim Delaney, not Rick Schroder) rounds up some not-so-usual suspects for a lineup of simple, effortlessly chic spring clothes.

GOTHAM
The money in meteorology; an SRO goes upscale
GOTHAM STYLE Topping off the perfect cold-weather ensemble

DEPARTMENTS
The National Interest
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

At the GOP meltdown, dumb politics and empty seats

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Moral minority: Maureen Dowd is angry with just about everybody

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

L-Ray's languid, Tex-Mex charms

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Instant gratification: a tiny camera, the softest slippers

Smart City
BY MICHAEL STEELE

Fee-for-all: How to find a bank that won't cost you money

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Rx for broken heels and distressed bags; pre-loved wedding dresses

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

In Paradise, Melanie Griffith plays a fine foil to James Woods

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

No steam, no heat in Fosse; no play in Fugard's Captain's Tiger

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Ray Johnson: A major artist who worked in a minor key

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Another Gershwin concert looks at contemporaries Vernon Duke, Oscar Levant, and Maurice Ravel

Pop Music
BY ETHAN SMITH

Ani DiFranco's music finally catches up with her fan base

CUE
New York Magazine's weekly guide to entertainment and the arts.

Intelligencer
(Gossip)

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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