At the holidays, what we at New York like most to celebrate is the wealth of talent that makes our town the only place we’d want to live. From Caroline Kennedy, who rolled up her sleeves to help the city’s schoolchildren in a big way, to Kevin Kline, whose equally ample Falstaff dispatched any doubts that Lincoln Center still rocks, we salute the New Yorkers who made us proud this year.
In the movable party that is New York, there are always new iterations of the glamour spot—from pleasure palace to literary watering hole—where the rich and the prominent, the beautiful and the talented, flock for fun, and everyone else flocks to see (and gossip about) them. We take you back to where it all began, at Delmonico’s, where Mark Twain held forth and Diamond Jim Brady consumed enough to kill a lesser man. From there, we drop in on a century of New Yorkers kicking back in the hottest place to be—at just the moment they were there.
Readers sound off on the beef between Ja Rule and 50 Cent, John Simon's review of Anna in the Tropics, and more.
The holiday tipping point; kissing and not telling; the etiquette of hiring a stripper
At Kidding Around, you’ll find handmade toys, beautiful and built to last, that you and your kids (and maybe even their kids) will love
A MoMA glass-ball wreath, a steel cocktail set, and Coach winterwear for babies
Hand-picked vintage shoes for girls who love them.
Deal of the Week: Quirky handmade notebooks
This Week's Sale Listings: Sales at Oscar De La Renta, Jill Stuart, and Olive & Bette
Where can I find last-minute hostess gifts?
Lara Flynn Boyle's boastful ways. Plus, Time the sitcom?
Tolkien might disapprove, but Elijah Wood couldn't be happier about his new life in New York.
Gore’s onboard, but can Dean beat Bush?
Book parties without free books make the book world very sad indeed.
Today’s Xmas lesson: Tipping is not a city in China.
Who knew diamonds were healing?
Two former Weathermen cut through the new documentary The Fog of War.
A rock-and-roll photographer shows—and tells.
Forget balance. What’s missing from the moderate media—and in ample abundance on cable—is rudeness.
Howard Dean’s electoral ace in the hole: New York
Beyond Neil Simon’s nasty falling-out with Mary Tyler Moore is the tale of a prolific playwright stuck in (another) time
In Cold Mountain, war is hellish (but picturesque); Lord of the Rings reaches its triumphant conclusion
Nothing But the Truth takes post-apartheid South Africa very seriously
Frank Gehry’s megaproject—including a basketball arena—for Brooklyn; the New Museum’s new home
Benvenuto Cellini collapses under its own weight at the Met
The year’s best dance books
An arty Talking Heads box set; Kelis remains endearingly tacky
The decidedly uptown Hearth hits the East Village
Bemelmans Bar offers a heady gift idea: For a (none too modest) fee, master mixologist Audrey Saunders will custom-blend your very own cocktail recipe.
For award-grubbers and wannabe movie blockbusters, late December is the last (and most crowded) battlefield. Below, a handicapper's guide.
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