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July 29, 2002 Issue

"Women are supporting themselves, so they can go for younger, they can go for older, they can go for whatever they want."
-- Jane Pratt, "The New Mrs. Robinsons"

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FEATURES
Meal Deals
BY ROBIN RAISFELD AND ROB PATRONITE
So your paycheck (or lack thereof) doesn't permit splurging at Jean Georges? No matter. In New York, there are culinary marvels in every price range. Our critics carted their appetites all over town in search of gourmet meals at budget-friendly prices. They pick their favorites, from all-you-can-eat Indian to the perfect pizza pie to Manhattan's most mouthwatering mofongo.
PLUS: A Guide to New York on the Cheap

The New Mrs. Robinsons
BY SARAH BERNARD
A younger man (don't say "boy toy") is the new hot (don't say "hot flash") date -- or mate -- for an increasing number of New York women. They're taking cues from a host of over-30 boldfaced names -- from Madonna to Sandra Bullock to Candace Bushnell -- all of whom have hooked up with guys more than ten years their junior. Why? Because they can.

Manhattan Bound
BY JENNIFER SENIOR
A certain former Arkansas governor isn't the only ex-politician having an impact in the big city. Former Texas governor Ann Richards is cutting as wide a swath through Manhattan -- but without the Secret Service entourage. Just call New York the Austin of the East.

Indie Fashion
BY AMY LAROCCA
In a dark time for fashion, some of the stars that have shone brightest are some of the smallest: homegrown designers who're making original, personal clothes for a small audience of devoted clients. A look at the town's newest style constellation.

GOTHAM
Shrinking Feeling
On couches across town, patients are worried about the 9/11 anniversary -- and to make matters worse, here comes August.
A Big Zero
When Nice Jewish Mothers Act Naughty
Let's Dance!
That Old-Cab Smell

DEPARTMENTS
Letters

Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
Bob Pittman sold Time Warner the snake oil -- so why would he hang around when the company figured out what it was?

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER
Attention, market Scrooges (Alan Greenspan's "infectious greed" crowd): Our columnist has glimpsed your future

The Business Class
BY LANDON THOMAS JR.
Why George W. Bush, billed as the business president, has the worst Wall Street touch since Herbert Hoover

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Kate Spade notepads, chic dish soap, and a guide to 1,000 New York buildings
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Office-friendly overnight bags
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Beauty
Two new outposts for Millefleur Spa Mondial; a Chanel scent for teens

Travel
An adventure spa in Jackson Hole; last-minute hotel discounts

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Potty jokes prevail in Austin Powers in Goldmember; K-19 lacks depth

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
A Tokyo troupe reimagines Sondheim's Pacific Overtures; Logic of the Birds offers a slice of Iranian culture

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS
Spectacle, ritual, and religious fervor make the Muslim ta'ziyeh a potent mix

John Leonard's TV Notes

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN
The Boss sheds a redemptive light on September 11; the Red Hot Chili Peppers drift further from their punk-funk roots

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

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