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March 1, 1999 Issue

"Honestly, money was no object. The Pressmans would say they wanted this to be the most beautiful store in the world. That was their goal."
--A Barneys architect, from "Over the Top"

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FEATURES
Over the Top
BY JOSHUA LEVINE

No store has ever had a greater influence on how New Yorkers dress -- and designers design -- than Barneys in the eighties and early nineties. But then, as the Pressman family built its Madison Avenue fashion temple, creative chaos turned to fiscal chaos. In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Levine charts how the Pressmans put black on the map -- then drowned in a sea of red.

You Must Go Home Again
BY PEG TYRE

For nine troubled years, Chad Ostrowski told his loving adoptive parents he had a family in Korea, despite the official line that he was an orphan. When the Ostrowskis learned the truth, they made the most painful decision of their lives.

The Rapture Returns
BY ETHAN SMITH

Still bickering after all these years, Blondie is back, with a stripped-down lineup and an eclectic new album appropriately titled No Exit.

A (Cold) Day at the Races
BY MARK JACOBSON

At Aqueduct in winter, the sport of kings looks more like the sport of last resort. Society owners have gone south, and these Thoroughbreds couldn't win a beauty -- or bloodline -- contest. But neither bitter cold nor clamless chowder deters the single-minded devotees. And the horses couldn't be happier.

GOTHAM
CBS eyeballs Fifth Avenue; Roseanne's Enquiring mind
GOTHAM STYLE The swimsuit-issue upset; the purse for next fall

DEPARTMENTS
The Bottom Line
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI

Mysteries of today's wild bond market revealed

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Brand Monica: how she has made the switch from slut to starRestaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Veritas: a sleek addition (with a stellar wine list) to Gramercy Park

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

High-style plastics, cozy Peter Rabbit comforters

Smart City
BY PETER KAMINSKY

Mushroom madness: how not to be intimidated by the truffle

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Park without paying ransom

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Mike Judge brings a cartoonist's sharp eye to the real world

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Emer Martin's More Bread is a rollicking tale of Celtic pathology

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

A first-rate production elevates the farcical Mineola Twins

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

A plague on Moses und Aron

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Martha Graham's legacy shines in her troupe's careful choices

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Mamet's Lansky turns a gangster's life into domestic drama

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