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April 16, 2001 Issue

"I'm not a positive guy. My intensity is my greatest strength. It's also my greatest weakness."
-- Jeff Van Gundy, "All Work, No Play"

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FEATURES
If I Were a Rich Mayor
BY MERYL GORDON

Michael Bloomberg's got a billion-dollar financial-news empire, private jets, a helicopter he flies himself, art-filled homes in London and Bermuda -- and a burning ambition to be mayor. But can this famously thin-skinned media CEO thrive under the media's microscope? And is the city ready to vote for a man who's running as a Republican only because he knew he couldn't win as a Democrat? The first in-depth profile about the billionaire who would be mayor.

Buying Ivy
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.

Certain well-heeled Manhattan parents will stop at nothing to get their child into one of the country's top colleges. That's why 33-year-old independent college-guidance counselor Katherine Cohen ("Boys lust after her," says a colleague, "and girls want to be her") gets away with charging $28,995 per student. Some accuse her of "packaging" her charges. "What I call it," she says, "is making sure their authentic voices come through."

All Work, No Play
BY CHRIS SMITH

Think Jeff Van Gundy's game-day repertoire of sulks, angry pouts, and intense tirades lightens up when he's away from the court? Think again. The Knicks coach takes losing hard. And winning hard. And living hard. Which is the secret of his success.

Fashion Fireworks
BY MARK HOLGATE

This year's European shows were full of drama, on the runways and off. With big-name designers jumping ship and replacements eager to prove their mettle at some of the most renowned fashion houses, anything, it seemed, could happen -- and it did.

GOTHAM
The mild-mannered Irishman behind Mel Brooks's The Producers
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Is Andrew Cuomo the Real Thing?

The National Interest
BY TUCKER CARLSON

Even liberals no longer feel liberal guilt -- and even conservatives should feel bad about that.

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI

Pop Art totes, dessert plates by Calvin, and toothbrush holders for tots

Sales & Bargains
BY SARA CARDACE

Upscale pedicures at clipped prices

Tech
BY HILLARY ROSNER and SIMON DUMENCO

High-tech workout alternatives

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Blow won't get you high

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

The Bible provides fodder for two new books: one insipid, one inspiring

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Even a lackluster production can't ruin Sondheim's Follies

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI

The Japan Society takes us inside the mind of Frank Lloyd Wright

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Holly Hunter wins the title as Billie Jean King

Pop Music
BY ROB LEVINE

Springsteen's latest live album: You still had to be there

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Enjoying the atmosphere at the Park

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