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January 20, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

The Look Better-Naked City

Like snowflakes—or, for that matter, like bodies—no two fitness regimes are alike. We asked some of New York's biggest names (not to mention buffest bodies) what they do (or forget to do, or flat-out refuse to do) to stay fit. From Caroline Rhea, who's obsessed with Pilates, to Al Sharpton, who sweats it out at the gym seven—that's right, seven—days a week, to Cynthia Rowley, who boxes, to Fran Lebowitz, who walks everywhere. "It's the least annoying way to get around," she reasons. Plus: How to get mileage out of all that walking; the great cardio-versus-weight debate; and Michael Wolff reflects on eighteen years of running around the reservoir.


The Royal Treatment

FAR AND AWAY Eight great relaxation destinations—from the exotic Bora Bora Nui in Tahiti to Canyon Ranch's outpost in the snowy Berkshires—that spare no effort to free your body (and mind) of the stresses of city life.

40 Near and Dear

The definitive guide to New York's best spas.

Class Action

The town's top workout classes--and workout gear.

Best of the Basics

From hair conditioning to foot maintenance.

Fresh-Air Fund

Is it possible to live the outdoor life in the concrete jungle (and, incidentally, to stay fit while staying out of the gym)? One intrepid writer set out to learn the ropes of fly-fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, even golfing—all within city limits.



Harrison Ford, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and more.


Best Bets

Space-age watches, a Kate Spade teddy bear, and the perfect laptop bag.

Sales & Bargains

Bold, bright duvet covers.


Cool carnival tips for Mexico, Rio, and Trinidad.


Naked City

"Dirtysomethings" are teaching younger men a thing or two.


Playing Mogul Murder

What happens to a sprawling media empire if its mogul-in-chief is hit by a bus? A thought experiment (not wishful thinking).

A Crime That Paid

The federal government has declared war on pump-and-dump schemes. But they're only after the small guys—the biggest culprits are running free.



City of God edges into overkill; Blind Spot delivers a gripping confessional from Hitler's personal secretary.


Tartuffe gets a big boost from a scintillating translation.


Richard Powers's Time of Our Singing warbles ponderously on race in America.


Classic elegance and old-school excess at Terrance Brennan's new restaurant.


A Grand Ol' Block Party

The GOP is coming. If there are elephants on the streets, it means the circus is in town.

Nouveau Rich

Times op-ed mainstay Frank Rich is moving back to the arts beat -- but should the new culture editor be scared of "Bigfoot"?

Raelians at the Gate

They've loaded up the truck and moved to...Manhattan?

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