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June 16, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Best Doctors 2003

Our annual survey of the city’s top M.D.’s is an elite list of 1,300 doctors, determined by a jury of their peers, broken down by field and specialty so you can easily find the medical talent you need. We’ve also spotlighted some specialties—living with HIV, infertility—that are causing excitement, and controversy, in the city’s medical community. And we’ve added ten doctors to the Hall of Fame—including Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer surgeon Richard Barakat, noninvasive-heart-surgery pioneer Valavanur A. Subramanian, and “Angel of the Five Towns” Mordecai Zucker, who still makes house calls at the age of 77.


Sign of the Times

Last Thursday, in an extraordinary newsroom meeting, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd fell on their swords. But this doesn’t mean that the man who sent them into battle, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., is giving up the fight to change the paper. Nowadays, the Times is more than a newspaper—it’s a business. Not that that’s the message Sulzberger wants to send to the newsroom.

Bitter Legacy

Allen Myerson seemed to have it all: an important post at the Times, a beautiful wife who’d just become pregnant, and a new house in a tony suburb. No wonder his friends were shocked when he asked for a divorce, and stunned when, last August, he leapt to his death. But that was just the beginning of a fierce emotional battle between Myerson’s wife and his sisters over his estate—and the reasons why he took his own life.



Sean Combs, Lara Flynn Boyle, Norah Jones, and more!


Readers sound off on Michael Wolff's take on the Times.


Sales & Bargains

Splashy swim trunks


Summering in Stowe and other skiing hot spots


Lightning Rodham

Hillary spilling on Monicagate is like a new episode of a gripping soap that’s been on hiatus. But will Days of Her Life get the critics off her back?

Dean’s List

Where are the African-Americans? New Yorker editor sparks politically correct contretemps at Howard Dean fund-raiser.

Where the Boys Aren’t

Summer lovin’ is hard to find when gay clubs go missing in the Hamptons.

The Living Isn’t Easy

What can Martha Stewart do to fix her image?


Naked City

Can cheating make the heart grow fonder?



The Heart of Me is stuffy, not sexy; Finding Nemo delivers awesome visuals and a story to match


Marsha Norman disappoints with the unsalvageable Last Dance; too many jokes (but no laughs) in Mondo Drama


Pandemic looks beyond the statistics and into the stories of a global tragedy

Pop Music

Politics is underplayed on Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief; bold lessons from Montreal’s Mutek fest

Underground Gourmet

Creative cuisine and inspired ingredients at Brooklyn’s Chickenbone Café

Top Five

Salad Bars

Most salad bars range from bad to worse, but several strive for farmer’s-market quality and often succeed.

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