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July 19, 2004 Issue

Cover Story


A sordid tale of a boldface breakup gone awry, starring Richard Johnson of “Page Six,” Lloyd Grove of the Daily News, a young blonde, a scheming striver, and a Scotch-loving writer who went one step too far.


Upper-Class Warfare at the Met

By championing an ambitious expansion of the Metropolitan Museum (neighbors be damned!), its director, Philippe de Montebello, has raised the ire of some of the Met’s most high-profile supporters, and drawn fire from his predecessor and nemesis, Thomas Hoving. Now two of the city’s oldest institutions—the Met and the Upper Crust—are battling it out for the future of Fifth Avenue.

The Pataki Puzzle

After nearly a decade, the Pataki era in Albany looks like it’s coming to a close. Could he really be running for president?

Country Lofts

Three barns with a distinctly urban take on rural living.

Smart City


Music for the L.I.E.: The Sirius satellite receiver

Best Bets

Plus, stackable rubber cups, Jonathan Adler's Happy Home, glow-in-the-dark wall hangings, and more.

Test Drive

Meditation classes for beginners

Sales & Bargains

The Felissimo quilt-making kits


Electric skin therapy, plus the freshest in makeup


Intelligencer Gossip

Restaurateur Marc Packer, artist Yvonne Force Villareal, designer Rudolf Stingel, Isaac Mizrahi, director M. Night Shyamalan, and more.

Republican Walking Tour

The official off-site entertainment schedule for GOP delegates includes Wicked, The Lion King, and private visits to Saks—but those who wish to venture even farther afield might take this stroll.

What About Bob?

Unmasking the fake Bob Weinstein.

Sand in His Lens

The Door in the Floor's director Tod Williams’s wary take on the Hamptons.

Paper Trail

The drawings collector who’s got the art world talking.

War Time?

A draft questionnaire.

The George W. Bridge

Politicians talk of bridging divides—but Eighth Avenue? To allow conventiongoers a quick (and New Yorkless) route between the old Farley Post Office and Madison Square Garden, the city has built a temporary enclosed bridge, paid for by the RNC. How does this new span stack up against its famous forebears?



An independent journalist in Iraq describes the ever-shifting safety rules—and coping mechanisms—of the Baghdad beat.



Why are artists so fascinated with old video games? Because they’re the freaky subconscious of the digital age.


Despite his tragic final years, Marlon Brando left a legacy of brilliantly novelistic acting. Plus, Jeff Bridges’s flamboyant turn as a sloshed artiste.


In a rock world bogged down in retro-chic uniformity, the brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces blaze their own trail.


Blue Hill at Stone Barns, on the old Rockefeller estate 30 miles up the Hudson, delivers country dining with city sophistication.


A refreshing new cast for Hairspray—especially sweet, innocent Carly Jibson and Michael McKean as a credible Edna.


The Grid’s Julianna Margulies and Dylan McDermott return (barely) from TV exile; The 4400’s glowing, gifted abductees face off with Peter Coyote.

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Milieu expands to fine dining, a first taste of LCB Brasserie, a preview of Dumpling Man, corn season kicks in, and more.

New on DVD

New on DVD this week: The Dreamers, The Barbarian Invasions, Against the Ropes, The Legend of Leigh Bowery, Never Die Alone, Un Deux Trois Soleil, and the original The Manchurian Candidate.

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