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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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
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.
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 A kitchen-and-bath island in this Village loft makes all the world a stage.
A kitchen-and-bath island in this Village loft makes all the world a stage.
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
The girly-man look; does anyone not wear short shorts?
The National Interest
Bush and Gore are going into the halftime huddle. What are their next smart plays?
In the struggle for spin control, Gore and the Democrats seem hopelessly outclassed
Modern-day rucksacks; illuminating reflections on the run; the smartest garlic press
Living la vie Parisienne in the Grande Pomme
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BY SHYAMA PATEL
Cheap but chic summer tableware in a rainbow of colors
The harrowing Sunshine traces one European family's century-long failure to assimilate
Textile artist Anni Alber finally gets her due at the Jewish Museum
The spirit of Mr. B rules at the School of American Ballet
With their fourth album, Belle and Sebastian grows up
Two unassuming new restaurants that make big impressions