July 10, 2000 Issue
"They're going to be remembered as the decorators who killed the golden goose."
-- Joe Schiavo, "Artful Dodgers?"
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.
BY RENE CHUN
With the richest clients, the priciest antiques, and the best magazine layouts, designers Stephen Sills and James Huniford ruled the gilded age of irrational exuberance. But when Philadelphia multimillionaire Dennis Alter accused them of outrageously overcharging him on antiques for his castlelike estate, their tapestry began to unravel, leaving questions about their own convoluted provenance.
Meet Rick Lazio. He's a Newt Gingrich knockoff who voted to cut the Brooklyn Museum's funding in the wake of the "Sensation" exhibit, a moderate who helped save the NEA, and a Springsteen fan who differs with the Boss over his Diallo song. Wishy-washy, you say? Wishy-washy like a fox.
In the first act of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter, a black student at a liberal-arts college gets a rock thrown through his window. By the second act, the unimpeachably p.c. dean wonders why some black people are "lazy and stupid." And when the play ends, the real dialogue begins.
What do the city's top sommeliers talk about when they're off duty? Wine, of course. Especially when puckish collector George Sape dares them to put their palates on the line in a blind taste test.
Giving up on abstinence; biodiversity, à la carte
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Who needs to be a $6 millionaire In two years, if prices keep rising, the "average" Manhattan homeowner.
Lighting strikes, again and again
In the Vivendi-Universal deal, who's taking advantage of whom?
The National Interest
Rush Limbaugh is steering Buchananites to Bush. But what will Gore do about Nader?
A tricycle built for three; Tiffany glass
A guide to TriBeCa's hottest home-design stores
|Sales & Bargains|
BY SHYAMA PATEL
Little clutches and purses with equally small price tags
The Web's best car classifieds
Mel Gibson kicks English butt
Mario Puzo's Omerta sinks like a pair of concrete shoes
Kelsey Grammer's Macbeth
At the Venice Biennale, old architectural forms are overturned
The City Ballet's downward spiral
A&E clocks class resentment in eighteenth-century England
The Underground Gourmet
Tabla's homey sister restaurant