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May 13, 2002 Issue

"What do you call Blue Fin's glass full of citrusy cream, juicy watermelon, and cantaloupe, and a shower of shaved-melon granita? Simply parfait."
-- "Tastes Like Summer "

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FEATURES
Tastes Like Summer
BY GILLIAN DUFFY
Up in Smoke From dry rubbing to hickory smoking, there's a brave new world of barbecuing just outside your porch door. Chef Danny Meyer (whose Blue Smoke opened two months ago) shares his secrets. Plus: A rundown of some of the best grilling books to help you on your way. Burger Heaven Everyone's got their own favorite, time-tested answer to our favorite summer staple. We asked a master. Todd English of Olives on the Perfect Burger. Fish Tales Rebecca Charles from Pearl Oyster Bar on halibut -- and swordfish, salmon, and tuna -- her way. To Your Health Say good-bye to green-apple martinis. The city's top "bar chefs" divulge the recipes to some of the summer's new -- and, of course, improved -- mixed drinks. Sweet Relief We like molten chocolate as much as anybody, but when summer rolls around, it's a sin not to take advantage of all it has to offer -- namely, blueberries, raspberries, melons, and peaches. Herewith, top chefs from Craft, Blue Fin, Town, and more sweeten the deal with light, luscious, fruit-filled desserts.

Bloomberg's Burden
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.
Her mother, Babe Paley, was the definitive New York socialite of her era. But while Amanda Burden, Mayor Bloomberg's new city-planning commissioner, inherited beauty, money, and social connections (and happens to have married well, twice -- once to Steve Ross of Warner Communications -- and now dates Charlie Rose), don't call her a socialite. Having played a key role in creating Battery Park City, she's now using her talents to help rebuild downtown, create new neighborhoods on the far West Side, increase waterfront access, and rezone East Harlem. Call it decorating, if you like -- but on a scale Robert Moses would have admired.

GOTHAM
When Shush Comes to Shove
Job-seekers, scholars, lunatics! The city's overcrowded, underfunded libraries have become a war zone.
He's Still Hair
Milk Money
Better Than Ritalin?
Zen and the Art of Condé Nast

GOTHAM REAL ESTATE

DEPARTMENTS
Letters

Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
Vivendi and AOL Time Warner: the principal players in the new corporate theater of the absurd

The Business Class
BY LANDON THOMAS JR.
With Eliot Spitzer stalking Merrill Lynch, the financial giant called the toughest hired gun in the city: Rudy Giuliani

Cityside
BY MARK JACOBSON
Father Zlatko Sudac's stigmata stir the faithful from the Bronx to Bensonhurst

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Make Mom happy: sunflower shawls, hydrangea bracelets, puppy-print cards
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Zen on a budget: yoga pants for less
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Travel
BY TARA MANDY
A new North Fork spa; Caribbean deals

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Lagaan is Bollywood at its best; a film version of V. S. Naipaul's sad, sinuous Mystic Masseur

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN
Emporium: tart wistfulness about the American Dream from Adam Johnson

Theater
BY PETER G. DAVIS
A new Private Lives departs (happily) from the original

Art
BY MARK STEVENS
Renaissance tapestries restore our sense of the grandeur of the age

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN
Elvis Costello goes back to his rebellious roots

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS
Shostakovich gets loving treatment; the Met's magic Dream

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
An L.A. Law reunion is just as slick and satisfying as the original series

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT
Stephen Hanson's Fiamma serves up plenty of style but little savory fare

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

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