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June 19, 2000 Issue

"Taxis will stop, limo drivers, and women call to me, 'Hello, Hello! You delivered my baby!' To these people there is nobody else like me."
-- Dr. Niels Lauersen, "Fertility God"

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FEATURES
Fertility God
BY ERIC KONIGSBERG

"You connect with a woman when you're getting her pregnant," says OB-GYN Niels Lauersen. He's superb at connecting -- he's had a string of high-profile girlfriends, and at his trial for defrauding insurance companies, the galleries were full of devoted patients. But a trail of malpractice cases raises the question -- is the good doctor as good as he claims to be?

After the Fall
BY JOHANNA BERKMAN

With a penchant for lavish parties at their 17,000 square-foot Park Avenue spread, Saul and Gayfryd Steinberg embodied the high-flying eighties. Then came the market crash, a debilitating stroke, and the breakup of the family business. Selling your apartment for $37 million may not sound like a step down in the world, but auctioning off $65 million worth of fine art and antiques is hardly a case of two empty nesters scaling back.

Still Lives
BY EDITH NEWHALL

Alice Neel spent half a century furiously painting eccentric, painfully revealing portraits of art-world denizens -- often stripped of their clothes, not to mention their vanity. Now, on the eve of a Whitney retrospective, eleven of her subjects recall what it was like to let it all hang out for the master.

Floating Island
BY WENDY GOODMAN

A kitchen-and-bath island in this Village loft makes all the world a stage.

GOTHAM
Richard Meier's West Village towers; Harlem's tennis hothouse; so you wanna be a gay-porn star?
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Whoopi Goldberg scores $6 million for her East 79th Street pad; selling a rooftop greenhouse
GOTHAM STYLE
The girly-man look; does anyone not wear short shorts?

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The National Interest
BY LAWRENCE O'DONNELL

Bush and Gore are going into the halftime huddle. What are their next smart plays?

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

In the struggle for spin control, Gore and the Democrats seem hopelessly outclassed

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Modern-day rucksacks; illuminating reflections on the run; the smartest garlic press

Smart City
BY NAN PARRY

Living la vie Parisienne in the Grande Pomme

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Cheap but chic summer tableware in a rainbow of colors

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

The harrowing Sunshine traces one European family's century-long failure to assimilate

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Textile artist Anni Alber finally gets her due at the Jewish Museum

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

The spirit of Mr. B rules at the School of American Ballet

Pop Music
BY ETHAN SMITH

With their fourth album, Belle and Sebastian grows up

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Two unassuming new restaurants that make big impressions

CUE
Kelsey Grammer as Macbeth; Herbie Hancock at JVC Jazz; Samuel L. Jackson's Shaft

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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