October 25, 1999 Issue
"I will get him out of prison if it takes me the rest of my career. There's no doubt in my mind that Chuck Schwarz is innocent." GROUND RULES: Not everything in every issue appears on our website. If it is available online, the article title appears below as acolored, underlined "hot link," which you can click on to read the full text; ifthe article title below is black, the full text of the article is notavailable online. For more information on getting copies or reprints of articlesthat aren't on our web site, call New York Magazine's Information ServicesDepartment at 212-508-0755.
-- Lawyer Ronald Fischetti, from "Unsolved Mystery"
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BY CRAIG HOROWITZ
In the four months since a jury found Charles Schwarz guilty of assisting in the precinct-house torture of Abner Louima, deeply troubling questions have arisen about whether the wrong cop is behind bars. Louima himself never identified Schwarz, and another officer claims he was at the bathroom door when Justin Volpe attacked Louima. Take a highly charged trial, add a pair of defense lawyers who openly loathe one another, and the result is a case that is anything but closed.
Spike Jonze, director of sly videos, is also Richard Koufey, director of a small community dance troupe -- that is, when he's not Adam Spiegel, catalogue scion and Sofia Coppola's husband. Whoever he is, with his recent performance in Three Kings and the upcoming release of his first feature film, Being John Malkovich, this elusive individual is about to become a household name (or names).
The Greatest Snow on Earth
New Yorkers who love lines love Killington. New Yorkers who love skiing know a secret: You can fly to Salt Lake City in the morning and be on some of the world's most pristine slopes by lunchtime. And what you spent on airfare, you'll save on lift tickets that go for half the cost of the eastern resorts.
The Peak of Fashion
Move beyond snow bunny with some of the hottest looks on fresh powder: sleek, muted outerwear, with a few racy flourishes.
The mysterious Baron of the West Village; something the mayor can take credit for
GOTHAM STYLE Shawls that Grandma would have loved; PETA protection parkas
Subway series or no subway series, the Mets and Yankees made great fall drama
How to start a newspaper war in New York -- and win
Italian crumb control; the art of the medicine cabinet
Scoping out the city's hottest shoe stores
Sales & Bargains
Unisex not spoken here: real barber shops for real men
BY PETER RAINER
Fight Club beats up on consumer culture; David Lynch makes nice (David Lynch?); Michelle and Bruce get all gooey
Michael Lewis brilliantly charts the course of the bull market
Helen Edmundson adopts the universal language of pain
The operatic A View From the Bridge really is an opera
Doug Varone's lovely The Plain Sense of Things
The elegant wonders of The Wonders of the African World
David Bouley in Mitteleuropa