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July 12, 1999 Issue

"A lot of my friends are very involved with Gore. I have said to a few, 'I hope this isn't the end to our friendship.'"
-- Bradley fund-raiser Victoria Lea Smith, from "Primary Dollars"

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FEATURES
Primary Dollars
BY MERYL GORDON

The city's elite Democrats are waging hand-to-hand combat with their checkbooks in what has become the first presidential face-off: the money primary. And the battle is not just between Bill Bradley and Al Gore; it's pitting Spike Lee against Steven Rattner and Tommy Hilfiger against Tim Zagat. Bradley may be riding the predictable Clinton backlash, but he's also roused anti-Establishment fervor in the set who went "Clean for Gene" 30 years ago.

The Price is Right
BY ROBERT KOLKER

The end draws near for rent regulation, but don't look for a noisy showdown in Albany: The last gasp will sound more like ka-ching, as thousands of tenants are wooed with buyout offers ranging from six-figure payoffs to condos in Florida. A look at how high landlords will go -- and how far tenants will push them.

Laugh Track
BY HELEN EISENBACH

After her sitcom tanked, comedian Margaret Cho's life turned into a bad made-for-TV-movie. Now her most outré antics are acted out onstage.

Mystery Island
BY MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE

Contrary to popular belief, Staten Island is not populated entirely by mobsters, cops and cosmetologists. It's also home to quite a few self-made millionaires -- not to mention the largest collection of Tibetan art west of the Himalayas. And the views are spectacular. Notes of a native son.

GOTHAM
The nextPeter Gatien; Mary J.Blige's hoop dreams; copycats at the Times?
GOTHAM STYLE Retro Bikinis; hand-painted clogs; a cyber boutique launches

DEPARTMENTS
Cityscape
BY KARRIE JACOBS

Peter Eisenman's winning West Side scheme is futuristic urban renewal, Republican-style

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Michael Eisner's slide from Prince Valiant to Dopey

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Cello, an East Side newcomer, hits all the right notes

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Chic shades; museum-grade coat hangers; a sunscreen solution from Down Under

Smart City
BY ETHAN BROWN

Lift every voice: a rollicking tour of the city's best gospel choirs from Harlem to Bed-Stuy

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Sarong song: tropical weight and fashion-friendly; flowery flip-flops for less

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Will Smith and Kevin Kline underwhelm; so does Spike Lee's Summer of Sam

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

David Gate's fiction steers clear of the self-help bandwagon

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Neil LaBute's bash is the latest in a loathsome catalogue

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

An HBO documentary's debatable case for the link between mental illness and creativity

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