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May 3, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

New, Improved Brooklyn

From Bruce Ratner’s ambitious plan for the Atlantic Avenue rail yards (including a Gehry arena) to Harvey Lichtenstein’s ambitious plan for BAM (including a Gehry theater) to new jobs, towers in Williamsburg, and even cruise ships, Brooklyn is being radically transformed and may soon look like the borough across the East River. But that is the wrong place to look for a new image.
Plus: Colson Whitehead on Change: A Brooklyn Constant.


The Perfect Margaret Trigg

Margaret Trigg wanted to be a star so badly, she was willing to subject herself to one extreme science project after another. She finally got a body to die for—and that’s exactly what she did.

Re-engineering the Mets

Aging stars and misguided management have left the Mets in a dreary state. But it’s nothing a little thoughtful planning can’t overcome. A trade-by-trade plan toward a 2006 Subway Series.


Everything you need to know about the new cab fares and the new calculus of getting around the city. Includes:
7 Popular Rides and how much you'll pay now.
Building a Better Taxi
Who Owns New York's Cabs
and more.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the new faces of interior design, Mayor Bloomberg and Peter Jennings on Jesus.

Smart City

Sales & Bargains

A four-megapixel camera from Concord

Plus: This week's sale listings

New York Shops

Chic shades for the summer

Best Bets

Handmade soy candles, a Chaiken jersey dress, and a diaper bag by Dante Beatrix


Self-sufficient shopping on the Lower East Side.

Ask New York

I just bought a fancy new iMac, but my old PC from ’96 still works, and I can’t bear to throw it out. Where can I donate?


Intelligencer Gossip

Scott Rudin, Paul Rudnick, Frank Oz, Nicole Kidman, Bill Clinton, John Kerry and more.

Big Question

P. Diddy has run the marathon, beat a gun rap, and now he’s on Broadway. What next?

Womb Lens

New ultrasound images thrill expectant mothers, but doctors express concern.

A Scotch a Day

Social drinking may—or may not—be bad for one’s health, but for New Yorkers it has other, essential benefits.

Andy's Baby

A Warhol screen-test subject watches her celluloid debut for the first time.

Comedy Central?

As Friends ends, three producers discuss the future of the New York sitcom.


Class Action

How much longer will Albany tolerate Bloomberg’s control of the schools?

The City Politic

City Comptroller William Thompson may be the Democrats’ best hope against the mayor—if he runs

The Help Desk

Fighting a crush on your boss, a husband's wandering attentions and whether to acknowledge an ex-to-be.



Face-lifts for the Brooklyn Museum and Lincoln Center take the starch out of a pair of cultural icons


Court and courtship mix in The Laws of Attraction; People Say I’m Crazy sheds a compassionate light on mental illness


Sondheim gets another shot at Assassins; The Normal Heart still beats strong


The glory days of Henry Luce’s empire


Cello’s Laurent Tourondel trades fish for beef with BLT Steak

The Week

New on DVD

New on DVD this week includes: Love Actually, The Cooler, Stuck on You, Big Fish, The Kids in the Hall and more.

Restaurant Openings

Roll-n-Roaster takes Manhattan...Dining in a Rockefeller Barn...Best cupcakes

Finding De Niro

How to do the Tribeca Film Festival.

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