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June 21, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Stadium of Dreams

Dan Doctoroff, Bloomberg’s economic-development czar, has an obsession: transforming the West Side of Manhattan into a flourishing center of commerce and culture complete with its own Olympic-size stadium. Critics say his plan will put big money in the pockets of the Jets and bleed New York taxpayers. Amid the slick competing sales jobs, how can you tell who’s right?


Happiness Is . . .

Kimora Lee Simmons, wife of hip-hop impresario Russell, is beautiful and brash. The model turned mogul is the face of Baby Phat and quickly becoming a worldwide symbol of happy-go-lucky consumption.

Bloomsday New York

One hundred years after Ulysses protagonist Leopold Bloom’s famed journey through Dublin, A. M. Homes, Francine Prose, Michael Agger, and Rachel Cline chronicle days in the lives of four New Yorkers.

Pretty for the Prom

New York high-schoolers, dressed to look more Brontë than Britney.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the Kerry intern scandal, Judith Miller's war reporting, the 9/11 widows and more.

Smart City

Group Thinker

Making a living on the focus-group circuit

Best Bets

Hamilton’s Khaki King watch, a book for New York golfers, and Filson’s Outfitter bag

Sales & Bargains

Sterling-silver-and-stone bangles on sale

Plus: This week's sale listings

Test Drive

In search of the perfect lobster roll


Intelligencer Gossip

Ian Schrager, Aby Rosen, Andre Balazs, Gramercy Park Hotel, Brian McNally, Cafe Leibowitz, Herbert Muschamp and more.

Mister Softee's Silent S-cream

If Bloomberg’s anti-noise campaign puts an end to that iconic jingle for good, how else might the ice-cream truck draw attention to itself?

Dubya: Patron Saint of Arts & Letters

If Michael Moore’s new film does record box office, he’ll have Bush to thank. How the president has been better for culture than the NEA.

Bangs, Bucks

Hairstylist Sally Hershberger (she of the $600 cut) moves into the $1,000 jean business.

Personal-Growth Sector

Candles. Classes. E-meters. From Kabbalah to the Landmark Forum, self-improvement doesn’t come cheap.

Delicate Rage

Richard Hell remembers the funny, angry, brilliant guitarist who played for him in the Voidoids.


The City Politic

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, whipping boy?

The Bottom Line

Mel Karmazin jumped ship, giving the entertainment company a perfect chance to change its business model. Ad sales are out. Geeks are in.

Naked City

How one man’s enduring obsession with pleasing women orally led to a mind-numbingly thorough how-to guide.



Introducing the new, international, American-friendly Booker Prize


The remade Stepford Wives lives down to its bad buzz


Monk misses its mark; The Simple Life returns


Audra McDonald gives a solo show at Zankel Hall


The Met celebrates an Art Deco master

Pop Music

PJ Harvey’s songwriting suffers on Uh Huh Her


American Ballet Theatre takes on the messy Raymonda

Underground Gourmet

Ici brings fabulous French fare to Fort Greene

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's restaurant openings include raw bar Pure Food and Wine, New York Burger Co., Solo and Highline. Plus, the Underground Gourmet reviews Sip Sak and Gael follows Linda Japngie to Ixta.

New on DVD

DVDs released this week include: The Simpsons: Season Four, The Station Agent, Teacher's Pet,Spartan, Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Second Season and more.

Top 5: New York Asian Film Festival

Highlights of Subway Cinema’s action-packed New York Asian Film Festival 2004.

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