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August 16, 1999 Issue

"I buy pigs from one farm in Vermont, lambs from another. A guy in Jersey grows garlic for me (I just bought 400 heads). If you want the best, you have to deal with farmers, period."
--Gramercy Tavern chef Tom Colicchio, from "Secret Weapons"

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FEATURES
Secret Weapons
BY PETER KAMINSKY

With the cost of a meal cooked by Jean-Georges or Christian or Daniel in the stratosphere, the demand for superior ingredients has never been higher. A new generation of local farmers is cultivating heirloom vegetables, indigenous herbs, and milk-fed baby lambs and chickens for uncompromising New York chefs happy to pay whatever it costs for that four-star "explosion of taste."

Can't They All Just Get Along?
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Very few people doubt that the Republicans' best weapon against Hillary Clinton is Rudolph Giuliani. But before he can take on HRC, Rudy has to run a gauntlet of GOP enemies that begins at the top with George Pataki, while Conservative Party chairman Mike Long may be hatching mischief of his own.

Family Man
BY ARIEL LEVY

For nine years, gay-rights attorney Evan Wolfson has argued that the expression "gay Boy Scout" isn't an oxymoron and that banning homosexuals is unconstitutional. New Jersey's highest court finally agreed. But the right to say "I do" still eludes him -- and divides even his allies.

Too Cool for School
BY SALLY SINGER

To Capri or not to Capri? Has everyone on the planet managed to get their hands on your jeans jacket? Such are the back-to-school sartorial dilemmas of the New York City teenager, that uncannily fashion-forward being whose personal dress code requires, above all, not looking like everybody else.

GOTHAM
Someone is killing the great pigeons of New York; CBS's Operation Glass Slipper; the next big Silicon Valley book
GOTHAM STYLE How to wash your face; hip-hop brands broken down; the botox king

DEPARTMENTS
Cityside
BY MARK JACOBSON

Do you know his name? Prizefighter Mustafa Hamsho once fought at the Garden; twenty years later, he runs a modest Park Slope business and exudes optimism.

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

From kingmaking to cholesterol counting: how Time magazine managed to outsmart the death of news

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Bedspreads from Paris; the return of pedal power; brilliant brushes; tool belts tough enough for a fashion shoot

Smart City
BY ETHAN BROWN

Brooklyn in the house: an insider's guide to outer-borough clubbing

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Ahead of the curve and on top of your budget: how to work current sales for next season's hot look

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

In The Thomas Crown Affair, Pierce Brosnan is a case study in the perils of too-perfect casting

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

At Jerry Della Femina's midtown outpost, savory food clashes with bland décor

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