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August 4, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Northern Exposure

First they were home to the Borscht Belt, then to skiing day-trippers from Manhattan. But after a long hibernation, the Catskills are entering a new phase as an A-list destination for New Yorkers who’ve had their fill of the L.I.E. The region’s beautiful, it’s cheap, it’s quiet, and (most important) it isn’t the Hamptons.


His So-Called Life

If Richard Stratton’s résumé reads like a rap sheet, that’s because it is a rap sheet: A high-living, danger-loving dope dealer who hung out with Norman Mailer, he spent eight years in prison. After consulting on such prison dramas as Oz, Stratton finally got his own series, Showtime’s hot Street Time—and, not surprisingly, most of the edgy stories it tells are his own.



Readers sound off on Michael Wolff, Len Winner, and more.

Smart City

Best of New York

Plump, juicy, and plentiful, Pearl’s oysters are on a roll

Best Bets

From bright summer socks to a pocket-size drink-mixing kit, the week’s most festive fare

Test Drive

The lowdown on the city’s top rubdowns

Sales & Bargains

Bags, beds, and a Bikini Bump Blaster—all at deep discounts


Staying neat in the heat


Intelligencer Column

Barbara Bush's summer gig, Missy gets pissy, and more.

Big Question

What’s your best— or worst—memory of summer camp?

The Cheat Market

You spy a great woman online. Only problem: She’s already your girlfriend.

Boob Tube

A new plastic-surgery drama proves even trashier than reality TV.

Miller's Time

Once-tortured rocker Rhett Miller has a new solo project—and (what’s this?!) it’s filled with extremely happy love songs.


This Media Life

Is the Democrats’ growing interest in Howard Dean really as quixotic as it seems?


Before his shocking murder at City Hall last week, council member James Davis had morphed from power seeker to power broker

Naked City

Lifeguards living the good life on flirtatious Fire Island



Seabiscuit is seriously sentimental; The Magdalene Sisters looks at an infamous convent that was little more than a prison for fallen women


Why does Adam Bellow praise nepotism? He says it has nothing to do with his famous father. Really.

Classical Music

A stellar score saves the Kirov Opera’s tough-on-the-eyes production of Kitezh

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews The Bronx Boys.


Rocco DiSpirito’s new venture delivers plenty of spectacle—you can see it on TV—but only slapdash dining

Top Five

Can't-Miss Shows at the Latino Cultural Festival

Can’t-miss shows at this week’s Latino Cultural Festival in Queens.

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