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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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FEATURES
The Red Files
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
BY SARAH BERNARD

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.

Loving Large
BY DEREK DE KOFF

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
BY LILY BURANA

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.

GOTHAM
New York's party; faithful; Dubya's theme song
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Bidding wars come to the rental market; Rosie O'Donnell moves in
GOTHAM STYLE
Beauty by the bay: a special San Francisco edition

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

My bill: Rick Lazio's name goes on someone else's legislation

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER

A survival guide to the next six months in the market

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Parents' prayers answered; the new shagreen

Smart City
BY ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD

The best new wine bars

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Tender cuts: hairstylists for the fabulous but frugal

Net News
BY HILARY ROSNER

Top Web pet stops; freebies galore

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

An Iranian auteur finds humor and wisdom in a remote mountain village

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Unsung: David Malouf's subtle stories; Noël Coward's comic novel

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Nathan Lane gets the role he's been waiting for

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Lincoln Center struggles to make the case for Olivier Messiaen

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

The Bolshoi Ballet returns, with Balanchine in its dance bag

CUE
Jazz Passengers at the Blue Note; Margaret Cho; the return of Morgan Fairchild

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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