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July 8, 2002 Issue

"He spread his elegance all around. It's not an accident that class rhymes with Blass."
-- Diane von Furstenberg, Last Blass

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FEATURES
Domestic Disturbance
BY LANDON THOMAS JR.
Everyone knows that Martha Stewart sold her ImClone stake the day before the bottom fell out -- but that's only the story's beginning. What did glamorous Merrill broker Peter Bacanovic know about ImClone's problem? What did he tell his assistant, Doug Faneuil? What did Faneuil tell Martha? And when does garden-variety glitterati gossip become inside information? How the deal that could doom the domesticity doyenne went down.

Gramercy Dark
BY SARAH BERNARD
The Gramercy Park Hotel has a legendary history and a glamorous clientele -- from Babe Ruth to Chloë Sevigny -- not to mention a sublime setting and a truly excellent bar. But what it didn't have was drama -- until David Weissberg, the heroin-addicted scion of the family that's run it for 50 years, leapt to his death from the roof, just as his wife was walking out the front door. The suicide opened a window onto a family in crisis -- and an institution that hip New York hoteliers are desperate to get their hands on.

Last Blass
BY BOB MORRIS
Bill Blass came to New York a small-town boy with a flair for dress-making, and became one of the country's boldest, biggest, and most beloved designers. His death on June 12 left the international fashion family in mourning. A group of his closest friends and admirers share memories.

GOTHAM
Odd Couples
Wait, are those really straight-looking guys actually together? Nope, they're just fake domestic partners.
Coming Un-Dunne
Streams of Traffic
When "Write What You Know" Gets Taken to Extremes

GOTHAM REAL ESTATE

DEPARTMENTS
Letters

Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
How Al Qaeda is becoming the new Red Menace

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
Speak, memorial: Bloomberg is under fire from the 9/11 families, but he's right. Size doesn't matter

Naked City
BY AMY SOHN
Considering sex toys (and the elusive G spot) with Margaret Cho

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Independence Day gear, and the Fabien Baron Bounce chair
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Patio furniture at relaxed prices
Plus: Daily Sales Update

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
More special-effects madness from Men in Black II; Minority Report is visually intense but emotionally empty

Books
BY JOHN HOMANS
David Ebershoff's Pasadena makes for fascinating California dreaming

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Edward Albee's All Over inspires no real emotion; Thomas McCormack delivers engrossing, energetic fun with Endpapers

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI
Uninspired plans for the rebuilding of ground zero focus on function, not design

John Leonard's TV Notes

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT
With quality ingredients and a Continental flourish, Atelier lives up to the Ritz's high standards

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

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