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May 10, 1999 Issue

"I went to a Phat Farm fashion show. It was very awakening to me, because I saw this is not a niche. You have to say now, Yves Saint Laurent -- that's the niche."
--Donald Trump, from "Hip-Hop Goes Universal"

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FEATURES
Hip-Hop Goes Universal
BY NANCY JO SALES

Russell begat Andre begat Puffy. Or was it the other way around? As rap replaces rock and roll and its moguls branch out -- into fashion, television, restaurants -- the three princes of the city's black entertainment industry are mixing it up with tycoons like Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Donald Trump. From the best table at Moomba, a look at the men behind the merger of hip-hop and high society.

Jeanine's Pirro-ette
BY KEVIN GRAY

Jeanine Pirro -- crime-fighting Westchester County D.A., pro-choice, pro–gun control, People magazine pinup -- is an irresistible candidate for Republican stardom. But there's a problem, and you can call him Al. Pirro's husband, a well-connected real-estate lawyer and GOP fund-raiser, has just been indicted on 66 counts of tax fraud. Then there's that nasty paternity suit. Can the spotlight-loving prosecutor get the public to ignore her husband and give Hillary a run for her money? Does the name Geraldine Ferraro ring a bell?

From Here to Maternity
BY JOANNE KAUFMAN

All you have to do is check out the stroller jams at Zabar's and Starbucks to see that the nineties are the Mom Decade in Manhattan. Women are having babies older -- and younger. And they're no longer in a hurry to trade prewar for fake Tudor.

Selling Gisele
BY SALLY SINGER

She's Brazilian, freckle-faced, and what W calls "sexy and adorable." Now model Gisele Bundchen, who's dominated the splashiest ad campaigns and magazine covers for a year, is appearing, gratis, in an obscure fashion book that promises to "edgify" her wholesome image. Welcome to the fashion world's obsession with authenticity.

GOTHAM
The high cost of maternity in style; the all-star scene at the recording of the Diallo tribute
GOTHAM STYLE Restaurants go cell-phone-free; the baby wore black

DEPARTMENTS
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Being a lame duck can free a pol to pursue higher goals. Or, as in Rudy's case, merely higher office.

Hollywood
BY NIKKI FINKE

Booty and the beasts: In Katzenberg v. Disney, Hollywood is the big loser

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Zoë's new, nouvelle food may be worth the astronomical prices

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Give your mother the (platinum, pavé, or multi-carat) gift she so richly deserves

Smart City
BY CHRISTOPHER BONANOS

Joyful noise: where to hear Bach or beatitudes on the big organs

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Wheel deal: cheap bikes, lightly scratched or wholly refurbished

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Sean Connery's septuagenarian sex appeal fuels Entrapment

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Paula Fox's justly resurrected Desperate Characters

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Brotherly hate: Martin McDonagh returns to Leenane

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Zimmermann's massive Requiem is an ode to millennial nihilism

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

The Unicorn Killer is still at large, but NBC knows where he is

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