April 19, 1999 Issue
"Winston Churchill was a great man, but when the war was over, they got rid of him. Well, the war is over, and if there were a way to get rid of Rudy, they'd get rid of him today."
--Political consultant Hank Sheinkopf, from "Mr. Unpopularity"
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BY CRAIG HOROWITZ
Even before Amadou Diallo's violent death galvanized his critics, Mayor Rudy Giuliani seemed to be hard at work alienating New Yorkers who had reelected him by a landslide, deeply grateful for his success in taming the city's mean streets. Consumed by petty squabbles and increasingly isolated, Rudy has paid little more than lip service to issues beyond crime, squandering the political capital built up by his astonishing early achievements and creating a crisis in City Hall. Where did it all go wrong?
Spree's Wild Ride
When he attacked his coach during practice last season, Latrell Sprewell became a symbol for all that's wrong with the younger generation of basketball players: overpaid, selfish, angry, uncoachable. But a succession of Sprewell's previous coaches found the Knicks' newest star to be a superb and dedicated basketball student. He's also a committed (if unconventional) family man. A story of rebellion, Rashomon, and, perhaps, redemption in the modern NBA.
A strict Orthodox education at his Long Island yeshiva made Nathan Englander long for escape. The young writer found it, unexpectedly, in Jerusalem, charting the journey in touching, funny stories about religion's impracticalities in a secular world.
Once, she ruled an international empire of nineteen nightclubs -- most of which closed in the belt-tightening of the early nineties. But a 10,000-Dow stock market has lured the eternally red-haired, 69-year-old Regine back to Park Avenue with a new club, Rage, and a new Jimmyz in Miami. Is there still an audience for lamé, leather, and Lucite?
Why is the Journal in bed with NBC?; Rem Koolhaas takes Times Square
GOTHAM STYLE The hippest cooler; white jeans replace no-rinse
Booker culture: How guest bookers have changed news culture
Cutting a deal with the Feds, John Gotti Jr. finally became his own man
No waffling: The Belgian invasion
Tough-gal hats, snappy slickers
Green dreams: Vegetables find their inner gourmet
Sales & Bargains
Spring into sandals, with a discount foot-beautifying treatment
BY PETER RAINER
Drew Barrymore's goofy sensuality floats Never Been Kissed
The all-American lyricism of Susannah sounds small at the Met
Mark Morris calls on some friendly stars for two new dances
The big chill: Kevin Spacey's stunning, ice-cold Iceman
Swing Vote imagines America after the anti-abortionists win out