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October 6, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Beauty's Best

New York’s finest plastic surgeons, cosmetic dermatologists, ear-nose-and-throat docs, and dentists.


The Cutting Edge

Top plastic surgeons pick the field’s sharpest new talents.

Beyond Botox

So what if it’s not approved? Patients demand it. Doctors inject it. But is it safe?

Their Bodies, Ourselves

Why we like (no, love) to watch plastic surgery on TV.

Recovery Rooms

Three Manhattan hideaways where the bruised and bandaged can heal discreetly.

Candid Camera

You may want to hide the evidence, but before and after shots are a crucial part of the process.

Mike Bloomberg Goes to the Principal's Office

Taking his cue from Rudy’s war on crime, the mayor is determined to make the public schools great again by having principals manage and making teachers accountable. Will the union let him get away with it?


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on our 9/11 tribute issue, Howard Dean's fundraising, and more.

Smart City

Best of New York

Sisters Grace and Amy Szuwala have been in the watch-repair business since 1978. “In the beginning, people were skeptical because they thought we were too young,” remembers Grace, now 43. “They wanted to know where the repairmen were.”

Best Bets

Jewelry that's more about the bang than the bling, cashmere hoodies for the guys, and more.

Shop Talk

The urban working girl gets a room of her own.

Deal of the Week

Sometimes that dressy leather bag—no matter how sleek—is just too formal, too bulky, too much. Hence the appeal of these cheeky, mod vinyl totes in supersaturated colors by Loop

Ask New York

My favorite dress is wearing out—who can make me an exact copy?


Intelligencer Column

Barrymore Bares All... Biggs Blows It... Left-Wing Radio...

Big Question

Wes is in, Hill’s iffy, and Dean’s running (a bit) scared. What’s your fantasy Democratic ticket?

New York Minute

Michelle Williams has played a mean teen on Dawson’s, gone naked Off Broadway, and is now dating a dwarf in The Station Agent.

Remembering George

Louis Begley on his friend George Plimpton’s kind intellect, inimitable brio, and advice on horned owls.


The Mogulissimo

Imagine if, say, Barry Diller bought Universal, then ran for president—and won. Welcome to the surreally complete media moguldom of Italy’s prime minister.


C’mon—all NYSE chief Dick Grasso did was negotiate one hell of a pay package. His downfall has a lot more to do with how the money changed him.

Political Partying

It’s not surprising that young voters are turning out in droves for Howard Dean fund-raisers and rallies. What could be sexier than a well-honed set of political values?


One Man Band

Playing a washed-up rocker turned substitute teacher, Jack Black unleashes enough comic energy in School of Rock to fill a stadium.

California Screamin'

Joan Didion has checked out of California—but as her new memoir, Where I Was From, shows, she can never leave.

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews It's All Relative, Karen Sisco, The Practice, and more.

Send in the Clown

Now, Voyeur

Ambitious photography shows at the Met and the ICP shed light on the way the camera can obscure the truth as much as reveal it.

That Phily Sound

Maestro Maazel shows he’s got his Philharmonic working in near-perfect harmony; Donizetti surely doesn’t deserve the City Opera’s new Lucia.

Dynamic Duo

OutKast releases a double album in which the pair seem bent on out-weirding each other—while producing work of emotional depth.

Très Truffles

Soho’s 325 Spring Street dishes up truffles in virtually every conceivable way (truffle pizza? truffle jelly?). The results? Comme ci, comme ça.

Restaurant Openings

24-Hour Barbecue People...Stellar Cellar...Rhine Bar

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