May 31, 1999 Issue
"When my father bought this farm from his father-in-law 40 years ago, he said, 'It's only a thousand acres, but if you're still around in the year 2000, you stand to make some money.'"
--Millennium-hot-spot landowner Robert Lenauze, from "All About (New Year's) Eve"
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All About (New Year's) Eve
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL
'21'? Exclusive party. Union Square Cafe? Closed. The Pacific isle of Tonga? Booked. Streisand? Also booked. Millennium fever is prompting once-in-a-century anxiety as the Fabulous agonize over where to go and party planners agonize over who'll staff their soirées and how much they're going to charge you for that Y2K thrill.
Now singing lushly orchestrated, bossa novainflected standards, sultry-voiced jazz pianist Diana Krall has graduated from cabaret intimacy to Carnegie Hall primacy. And she's brought a huge cadre of fans along.
The Last Broadway Dynasty
As next week's Tony awards will amply demonstrate, today's Broadway is dominated by the likes of Disney and SFX. Yet one family business remains: the Nederlanders, émigrés from Detroit who took on the Shubert brothers and became the Street's second-biggest landlord. They fill their nine houses with whatever appeals to patriarch James M.'s gut, from The Iceman Cometh to Footloose (remember Shogun: The Musical?), and sold their most beautiful theater to a church. Now the corporate sharks may be circling; is the next generation ready to take over the reins?
While you were gone, the East End produced a native vodka (potato, of course), chef Alison Becker Hurt took over Quogue, and the Quiet Clam became Nichol's. A town-by-town guide to the new, the redone, the suddenly hip.
Darkness at Noon
The sun is blinding; the bold-faced reach for bold-faced shades. How Hamptons society covers its eyes.
Puffy's doctor's note; Candace doles out advice
GOTHAM STYLE Miss Universe gets a makeover
The other loser in Israel was political consultant Arthur Finkelstein
Kurt Andersen's novel provokes a crisis among the chattering classes
Networks order fewer new shows and Madison Avenue is skeptical
The Insatiable Critic
The Red Cat purrs in Chelsea
Rainbow totes, utility blankets
Zagat surveys the market aisles for fresh fish, cheese, and pasta
Sales & Bargains
Chic wicker baskets for your next al fresco snack
BY PETER RAINER
The Love Letter offers a romantic alternative to that Menace flick
Conor McPherson's lovely Bower
A patron's collection reveals Van Gogh et al. in a whole new light
Opera travesty on a gran scale
Sam Shepard and Judy Davis are arch foils in Dash and Lilly