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September 17, 2001 Issue

"I was never happy with monotone, all savory flavors. I always say I want it brighter."
-- Rocco DiSpirito, "Rocco, Star"

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FEATURES
Moving On Up
BY ROB TURNER
The highest culture, the finest dining, the intoxicating anonymity of the urban lifestyle -- what's not to love about New York City? Well, the skyrocketing rents, for one thing. But jaded -- not to mention broke -- New Yorkers shouldn't lose faith yet. Herewith, our picks for six great neighborhoods (within commuting distance of midtown, of course) where the prices remain reasonable -- at least for now.

A Novel Idea
BY DEREK DE KOFF
Chip Kidd revolutionized the obscure field of book-jacket design -- and became, in the process, something of a celebrity. But Kidd is not one to be pigeonholed. He's written a comic novel, called The Cheese Monkeys, which is -- surprise -- a triumph. Next up? Movies, jokes a friend, "directed by and starring you-know-who."

Rocco, Star
BY SARAH BERNARD
Rocco DiSpirito, who grew up in the culinary Babel of Queens, is perhaps New York's hottest young chef, known for the jazzy taste combinations he serves up at Union Pacific. Now he's moved on to a distinctively Manhattan babble of TV appearances and A-list parties. Is it possible to be a celebrity and a great chef at the same time?



GOTHAM

Designer John Bartlett on the future of the catwalk
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
A booklet of Michael Bloomberg's remarks -- as recorded by his amused employees -- shows why good CEOs make bad politicians

The National Interest
BY TUCKER CARLSON
With an economy in the red and a P.R. nightmare on his hands, what's a president to do? Avoid the issue, of course.

Naked City
BY AMY SOHN
The writer took a friend out on the town to show her the ropes -- but who showed whom?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Zipper necklaces, 3-D cards, and Christian Lacroix à la table
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
BY JADA YUAN
Central perks: Making the most of off-season offers at the park
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Beauty
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL
BCBG scents, equestrian training at Equinox, and eye cream for men

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Rock Star -- a good idea gone bad; Barbet Schroeder shows the beauty of a dying city

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
Jill Hennessy is back from the dead in Crossing Jordan

Pop Music
BY ROB LEVINE
Bob Dylan reaffirms his spot in music history with "Love and Theft"

Underground Gourmet
BY ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD
First-rate fast food at Bread From Beirut

CUE
Movies
Music & Nightlife
Theater
Art
Kids
Classical & Dance
The Mix

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