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April 10, 2000 Issue

"Nobody knows how high it will go or when it will stop. I mean, how greedy can everybody get? I guess pretty greedy."
-- Joanne Greene, "Hot Enough for You?"

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FEATURES
Hot Enough for You?
BY CARL SWANSON

All this real estate is making people a little crazy: Sellers are raising prices daily, buyers bad-mouth the competition to co-op boards, and brokers troll for exclusives at funerals. Even the agents are getting queasy.

Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?

You don't need seven figures liquid to buy -- but it helps. From $150,000 to $3 million, from Fifth Avenue to Fort Greene: What you can afford.

Take the A Train
BY CHRIS SMITH

Harlem's near-mythical second Renaissance is in full swing, as its spectacular homes attract buyers of all colors (just don't say gentrification).

Board Stiffed
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.

Condos, once the poor stepchildren of the Manhattan market, are suddenly hot: Who needs to hassle with a co-op board when you've got an eight-figure price tag to weed out undesirables?

Plush Life
BY SARAH BERNARD

Private libraries, titanium-paneled roof decks, private screening rooms. Is there anything developers won't add on to attract buyers?

The Next Wave
BY PEGGY EDERSHEIM KALB

What space crunch? Eight new developments, from Columbus Centre to Trump World Tower, are the shape of real estate to come.

GOTHAM
A day in the life of Earl Graves, publisher-power broker
GOTHAM STYLE Madonna's new favorite chair

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES CRAMER

People have the power: Mutual funds no longer control the Street

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

The Out-siders: Old gay media versus new gay media

MARKETPLACE
Smart City
BY HEATHER ROBINSON

No-fee rental agencies

Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Adjustable end tables; a contact-lens case that's easy on the eyes

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Shirt-dresses for muggy weather

Net News
BY HILLARY ROSNER

Five sites that take the click-and-drag out of online shopping

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

John Cusack soars as a music-obsessed narcissist in High Fidelity

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Disney's Aida must have Verdi spinning in his sarcophagus

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

City Opera's Mother of Us All revival celebrates suffrage in style

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Shelved for a year, CBS's mob series Falcone finally takes off

Pop Music
BY ETHAN SMITH

Ute Lemper recasts cabaret on the darkly intelligent

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

The Four Seasons' dinner menu is its secret weapon

CUE
Vowell sounds off; Shelby Lynne's retro country; the Upper East Side's own Mount Vernon; Stanley Tucci goes for the Gould

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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