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January 6, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat 2003

Barbecued ribs. Gourmet steaks. Pork bellies. The city's restaurants are filled with enough platters of sumptuous, mouthwatering meat to make even Dr. Atkins happy. And with Chinese home cooking, a spate of new gourmet-pizza joints, and lethal margaritas popping up all over town, it's no wonder that one thing we're really excited about spending our time -- and our cash -- on these days is good food. A highly opinionated tour of the city's best culinary establishments, from high-end to down-home.

Features

Home for the Holidays

Linda Gibbs, commissioner of the city's Department of Homeless Services, is facing a tsunami of homelessness, with record numbers of families showing up at shelters -- and staying longer. But Gibbs's mission isn't just to handle the flood: She wants to reinvent the system -- and rethink the assumptions about homelessness. In the process, she's provoked homeless advocates, and she will have a showdown when her plan for client responsibility (read: imposing limits on how long the homeless can remain in shelters) has its day in court.

Barking Mad

You may think anyone who's been around the block can exercise a pooch. But that probably means you've never owned a dog -- or entrusted your canine offspring (not to mention your apartment) to someone you barely know. Here, the poop scoop from a new parent who learned the hard way.

Gotham

They'd Take Manhattan

Memo to Al (er, Mr. President): Make a brand-new start of it in old New York.

Mama See Ya!

It's mutiny among the Sister Goddesses at Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts -- and Auntie Beth's in bed with a Venezuelan!

Columns

The Democrats' Lot

In the wake of Lottgate, Democrats have a chance to make race their wedge issue (imagine that!)

Lies My Broker Told Me

Some Wall Streeters seem to want new SEC head Bill Donaldson to restore investor gullibility. But if he wants to restore investor trust, he should follow Eliot Spitzer's lead.

Liza Minnelli's Holiday-Shopping Madness

Liza Minnelli, Rudy Giuliani, Enrique Iglesias, Paris Hilton, and more.

Critics

War Hero

The Pianist is Roman Polanski's best (and most harrowingly personal) film; The Hours doesn't work -- even with a masterly turn by Meryl Streep

Dinner is Served

An impeccable revival of Dinner at Eight has the makings of a smash hit; Neil LaBute's inimitable take on 9/11

An Opera That Flies

An adept revival of the opera based on The Seagull; Tan Dun's Water Passion, at bam, is slick but monotonous

Scam and Cheese

A CBS movie offers an inside peek at greed, lust, and the unraveling of Enron

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