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September 29, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Rock Stars Next Door

By day, they walk the dog. By night, they rock the world. Meet your loud neighbors.


Bowie Rules NYC

David Bowie on his most enduring of alter egos: New Yorker.

New Rock City

16 hot bands that are changing the New York soundscape.

Israel's Christian Soldiers

Citing Scripture, Evangelical Christians have taken up the cause of preserving Israel with a passion—no matter how many liberal Jews find their unlikely devotion unsettling.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on noisy clubs, smoking in bars, and more.

The Help Desk

Performance Anxiety...Driver Wanted...Cell-Phone Phobia

Smart City

Best of New York

It's a familiar scenario—your perfect pedicure gets an ugly scrape on the first day of vacation. A week of sandals lies ahead, with zero prospect of finding matching nail polish on some tropical island.

Best Bets

Secrets of the First Ladies, ultra-cute Ultrasuede place mats, and Asian-inspired Pumas.

Test Drive

Rosh Hashanah desserts are everywhere. But which bakery makes you wanna challah?

Shop Talk

Ralph Lauren establishes a toehold in the Village.

Deal of the Week

Well, it might not fly with the Town & Country set, and the crystals aren’t exactly Lalique. But Urban Outfitters’ two-foot-high gen-yoo-wine plastic chandelier may be the glammiest, tinkliest, sparkliest dorm-room fixture in town.

Ask New York

I have a needlepoint sampler made by my great-grandmother, and it’s showing its age. Who can (super-carefully) clean it?


Five classic scents get an overhaul this fall.


Intelligencer Column

Clark Storms Hollywood... Model Misbehavior... Hepburn's House on the Block...

Big Question

Who should Jen and Ben rebound with?

New York Minute

Renée Fleming opens the Met’s season as Violetta in La Traviata—a tough role she backed out of twice but is now ready to take on.

Tricky Dicks

“Don’t call them issues!” At a gay small-penis support group, size matters—a lot.

I'd Like to Oprah-size That

Can Winfrey’s personal trainer make McDonald’s healthy?

Belles Letters

Which fashion-mag editor penned which pearly gem? Take our quiz!


Sex and the Candidate

What’s to love about the idiotic California recall race? We all get to relive Arnold’s sex life! (Too bad the state’s soccer moms don’t feel the same way.)

Smooth Operators

From the NBA to the WB, straight men are shaving their body hair—even their pits!—at a time when gay men (and Kate Moss) are letting it all grow out.


Generation Gap

Woody Allen tries to court a younger audience. But how many twentysomethings are obsessed with Sinatra, Dostoevsky, and psychoanalysis?

Carnegie Small

Or medium. Or big . . . The new, endlessly transformable Zankel Hall is a space savior; the City Opera loses its handle on Handel’s Alcina.

Blue Notes

Led by Martin Scorsese, seven directors shine the spotlight on classic blues; sharing rites of passage on a Brooklyn basketball court.

Lost in Spaces

Two haunted retrospectives kick off the dance season: one with Bill T. Jones and his late partner, Arnie Zane; the other with Twyla rocking out.

Big Italy

Spun off from two popular Italian sandwich bars, ’inoteca and Bread Tribeca are full-fledged ristorantes.

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