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December 16, 2002 Issue

Cover Story

Gangs Up

It took Martin Scorsese 30 years to complete the film that first took hold of his imagination in the seventies, when he picked up Herbert Asbury's juicy pop history The Gangs of New York. Over the years, Scorsese steadfastly refused to downsize the sweeping epic he'd always envisioned: a New York City creation myth with the marquee names—Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz—to match. Still, some wonder: Are audiences ready for a long, brutal movie about nineteenth-century gangs? Plus: Greg Donaldson on the state of New York's street gangs.

Features

Bye, Bye Bagel

Weight-conscious New Yorkers (and who among us isn't?) used to believe that while diets came and went, some things were constant: Whole grain equalled healthy, and bacon was about as bad as it gets. Suddenly, the tables have turned, and the Atkins diet -- which embraces protein and fat and considers carbs the enemy -- is taking the town by storm, igniting a passionate debate among diet tribes. Throwing a dinner party? Don't even think about serving pasta.

Thoroughly Modern Morris

Outspoken, flamboyant, and irresistibly watchable, Mark Morris was always the lovable bad boy of contemporary dance, a choreographer who had more in common with ballet god George Balanchine than with the modern masters. Now he oversees one of the best-kept (and best-looking) companies in the dance world from his own $7 million state-of-the-art center, where they're readying his Nutcracker riff, The Hard Nut, for its first New York performance in nine years. And he's even cut his trademark mane.

Columns

The City Politic: Michael Tomasky

The people who loved Bloomberg because he wasn't a typical liberal Democrat now fear he's . . . a typical liberal Democrat

The Culture Business: Simon Dumenco

The triumph of digital cable and TiVo is creating a new New York culture of high-brow cocooning

Best Bets: Rima Suqi

From holly lights to handmade stockings, stuff to make your Christmas bright

Sales & Bargains

Toasty turtlenecks

Travel: Tara Mandy

Cool cabanas and a hip new Chelsea hotel

Critics

Movies: Peter Rainer

Jack Nicholson is full of Schmidt; Analyze That is worse than This

Dance: Laura Shapiro

The Nutcracker's evergreen thrills

Theater: John Simon

Man of La Mancha's meager music; Paul Newman's Our Town is one long fade-out

Art: Mark Stevens

At MoMA, ingenious drawings trapped in a postmodern prison

John Leonard's TV Notes

Television shows reviewed by John Leonard: An Evening With the Dixie Chicks, Rocks With Wings, I Was a Teenage Faust , and more.

Underground Gourmet: Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite

Marvelous Moroccan with no gimmicks at La Maison du Couscous

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Naked City: Amy Sohn

A night on the town with three connected guys

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