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April 5, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Miracle on Second Avenue

After more than 80 years of conflicts and delays, the Second Avenue subway seemed an urban myth. Now insiders say the MTA could break ground as early as next year and change the face of the city forever.


Underground Man

Real-estate tycoon Peter Kalikow is rewriting his legacy by presiding over the biggest expansion of New York’s transit system in 60 years. And the Second Avenue subway is only part of the MTA chairman’s plan.

The New Offensive Line

A new batch of crass, anti-p.c. rogues are mounting a full-scale takeover of the city’s rebounding comedy market—and their white-guy audiences are loving every minute.

The House of Sprouse

Stephen Sprouse was a protégé of Halston’s, image- maker for Debbie Harry, a friend of Warhol’s, and an inspiration for Marc Jacobs. He brokered the fusion of art, rock, and fashion, but he died more cult figure than the legend he aspired to be.

Sexless in Manhattan

Confessions of a frustrated spouse.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the many sides of bipolarity and its treatment.

Smart City

The Good Martha

Let us now praise Martha’s goods (seriously)

Best Bets

Shades, shoes, and more—in glittering gold

Plus: This week's sale listings

Deal of the Week

Old-school ’ROOS

Ask New York

My 8-year-old daughter has an ugly habit of shoveling cereal into her mouth, then dribbling the milk. Her friends applaud her, and I can’t stop her. Where can she go for etiquette lessons?

Party Pleats

For Spring — at last — pleated skirts that go below the knee, fifties-style.


Intelligencer Gossip

The Harvard Club, The Kozlowski Sisters, Martha Stewart Biographers, Tom Scott, Hamptons TV, Denise Rich...

Big Question

First O’Neill. Now Clarke. Whose Bush tell-all is next?

Plum Blossoms

“It”-girl author Plum Sykes worries about what to wear to her book parties.

Spiking Heels

The rising euro has U.S. shoe designers worried about slipping profits.

Direct-Deposit Marketing

To woo Manhattanites, Wachovia bank tries guerrilla tactics.

Bases Loaded

The steroids controversy in baseball continues to rage—except among young fans.

The Boys From Bethlehem

After The Passion, here comes scripts about Christ clones


The Bottom Line

These days, “accounting irregularities” can mean not “sell,” but “buy”


After four deaths at NYU, suicide is anything but painless

The Help Desk

Noisy eaters, overeager assistants and one woman with too many men.



Peter Jennings on Jesus


The Coen brothers go Southern gothic


A personal take on the mystery of pop music


Celebs derail the classic Twentieth Century


The Met’s magnificent “Byzantium”

Classical Music

Karita Mattila sings a chilling Salome


Twyla Tharp’s Pergolesi is born again


The city’s first gastro-pub: the Spotted Pig

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's openings include Miss Williamsburg Portavia, Zeytin, and Indigo Indian Bistro. Plus, Gael enjoys Amuse's sampling options.

Rocks On

Alexis Bittar’s first store sparkles in Soho.

Top 5: Reel Rhythms Film Festival

The soundtrack’s the thing at the “Reel Rhythms” Film Festival.

Something's Gotta Give on DVD

New this week: Something's Gotta Give, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of Sand and Fog and more.

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