November 20, 2000 Issue
"Twenty-four states too close to call? Interesting . . . that's interesting."
-- Bush communications director Karen Hughes, "The Longest Night"
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The Longest Night
When you're sweating through one of history's most dramatic presidential elections, as Al Gore did last week, it helps to have a friend around who's known you since you were 9, and who's provided support and counsel during many other significant life experiences (sneaking beers, for instance, or proposing marriage). Lisa DePaulo hangs out in Nashville with Al Gore and his Tennessee homeboy Steve Armistead as they wait it out. And over in Austin, Ned Martel spends quality time with Bush communications director Karen Hughes -- whose job it is to keep Dubya real, shepherding and deploying his vaunted Texas charm -- on the most important day of her life.
The Complete Guide to Other People's Salaries
Now that we've gotten through the election (sort of), we can focus on an issue that inspires even more passion -- how much money your friends and neighbors make (and how much you could be making). We called doctors, dog walkers, publicists, prostitutes, bankers, nannies, headhunters, photographers, and ad people and came back with a comprehensive picture of who makes what in the city. Caution: Reading this article may cause raging envy.
With fashion trends moving at hyperspeed, and the industry rife with arrivals, departures, and consolidations, even some designers had a hard time keeping up this year. Not that there weren't triumphs, from the simple and classic (Armani) to the cutting-edge (Veronique Branquinho). The best work (and gossip) from the collections on two continents.
What's behind Bertelsmann Music Group head Strauss Zelnick's recent resignation?
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
I'm Right, You're Wrong
The City Politic
Pundits complained that Hillary never changed, but voters saw an appealing, evolving candidate. Now she faces an even tougher campaign.
An overtargeted and unconvinced electorate throws up its hands at two underwhelming candidates. Is this the election of the future?
Sales & Bargains
Cool Christmas coffee deals
BY PETER RAINER
Men of Honor, righteous to a fault; You Can Count On Me's convincing connections
In the Land of White Death survives the ordeal
A Class Act with class; an inane Alice in Bed
Damien Hirst, beyond blood; Al Held's abstract Unfoldings
Handel's Baroque comic strip Rinaldo at the City Opera; more of Leonard Bernstein's brilliance -- in a new boxed set
Central Park South's Atlas: A room without a view