August 7, 2000 Issue
"We make a lot of money! But we don't look very wealthy at all -- a two-bedroom apartment with a half-kitchen! It is comical."
-- "Jacob," "The Red Files "
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BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
To some, luxury is a taxicab; to others, it's dinner and a Broadway show with the kids; to still others, it's a place on the beach, or a private plane. But most of us agree: Even as the city has grown more prosperous, financial happiness seems more elusive than ever. Several New Yorkers of diverse tax brackets (from $30,000 freelance writer to $500,000 doctor to $10 million Wall Streeter) supply the most intimate details of their budget and explain why it seems so hard to make ends meet here -- no matter how much you make.
Making the Art Scene
When preppy, dapper former Time Inc. golden boy Chris Meigher told people he was going to create a new kind of magazine company based on passion, quality, and equity stakes for employees, they believed him. And when Meigher Communications' Saveur won a National Magazine Award for excellence its first year out of the gate, it seemed the dream was within reach. But soon, with plans collapsing and partners bickering, many wondered if Meigher's magazine utopia was built on hot air.
In which the Goodman sisters plump for their debut film, The Tao of Steve, about a fat seducer (no, it's not an oxymoron).
Good-bye to All That
Exchanging the mad canyons of Manhattan for the hills of Wyoming, a writer discovers that New York is an addiction you really can overcome. For a time.
New York's party; faithful; Dubya's theme song
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Bidding wars come to the rental market; Rosie O'Donnell moves in
Beauty by the bay: a special San Francisco edition
The City Politic
My bill: Rick Lazio's name goes on someone else's legislation
The Bottom Line
A survival guide to the next six months in the market
Parents' prayers answered; the new shagreen
The best new wine bars
Sales & Bargains
Tender cuts: hairstylists for the fabulous but frugal
Top Web pet stops; freebies galore
BY PETER RAINER
An Iranian auteur finds humor and wisdom in a remote mountain village
Unsung: David Malouf's subtle stories; Noël Coward's comic novel
Nathan Lane gets the role he's been waiting for
Lincoln Center struggles to make the case for Olivier Messiaen
The Bolshoi Ballet returns, with Balanchine in its dance bag