March 29, 1999 Issue
"Anti-gay jokes are almost encouraged. I don't think the straight community on Wall Street wants to know you're gay. I don't see full acceptance in my lifetime, and I'm 31."
--Robert Fenyk, former Merrill Lynch broker, from "Dead-End Street"
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BY ALAN DEUTSCHMAN
While tolerance has found its way into most of New York's top industries, "don't ask, don't tell" is still the rule on Wall Street, where thousands of gay and lesbian finance professionals are painstakingly closeted. In the locker-room atmosphere of the trading floor and the country-club world of mergers and acquisitions, gays endure an institutional homophobia more reminiscent of the fifties than the nineties to protect those fabulous bonuses.
May You Be With the Force
Cops in big trouble turn to flamboyant Queens attorney Marvyn Kornberg -- even though their own union trashes him. Now he tackles the case of his career, defending Justin Volpe, accused of torturing Abner Louima.
Be His Guest
From red-lacquered Ruby Foo's to Blue Water Grill, Steve Hanson's seven restaurants may be star-challenged, but the customers don't care.
The Real Rounder
In 1997, ESPN dubbed Stuey Ungar "The Comeback Kid" after the scrawny son of a Lower East Side bookmaker won the World Series of Poker for the third time. A year later, he died alone in a run-down Vegas hotel. A glimpse into the briefly charmed life of a born gambler.
The medical establishment's brush-off of hepatitis C recalls the early years of AIDS
|The Bottom Line|
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI
How Goldman can go public without losing its storied privacy
Michael Graves's light touch; DDC Labs' links-ready shoes
Bland banned: eight hip restaurants where your kids will be welcome. Plus: where dogs run free
Sales & Bargains
Outlet-mall markdowns on officewear (but just for him)
Clint Eastwood's in good-guy mode for True Crime
George Stephanopoulos, still spinning (with an assist from Zoloft)
BY JOHN SIMON
David Hare's riveting Middle East monologue; Durang unravels
Two new shows of inspiring medieval art at the Met
José Carreras returns to the opera stage in Sly, with mixed results
Ben Kingsley plays a small-m martyr in The Confession
Jazz chanteuse Cassandra Wilson channels Miles Davis