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August 16, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Defending Joel Steinberg

For delivering the blow that killed 6-year-old Lisa, Joel Steinberg became one of New York’s legendary monsters. But after seventeen years in prison, he’s free and, in his first interview, maintains his innocence. His reentry is being guided by Darnay Hoffman, defender of Bernie Goetz and husband of the Mayflower Madam. Welcome back to New York.


The Yankees' Most Valuable Player

GM Brian Cashman has a larger payroll to work with than any of his peers, but that doesn’t make his life any easier (remember who he works for). The midsummer trades that happened—and didn’t happen— illustrate why the Yankees are consistently the most successful team in baseball.

The Fear This Time

It—that heart-pounding sense of doom—came back, only to wax and wane with each succeeding day, like the humidity. Can we live like this forever?

Dreams of a Napa by the Sound

Snobs used to crack that they could taste potatoes in Long Island wine. Now the big money is pouring into North Fork vineyards and the wine has gotten good, but an identity crisis persists. What is Long Island wine, and what will get people to drink it?

A Weekend Cruise Through The Wine Country

The Long Island wine country starts, appropriately, where the Long Island Expressway ends.

The Long Island Top Ten

Lawrence Osborne, author of The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World, offers his personal (and sure to be hotly contested) selection of the East End’s finest wines, in no particular order.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on stealing nannies, Robert Morgenthau and more.

Smart City

Cutting Remarks

The etiquette of mentioning a friend’s plastic surgery

Bottega Veneta Leather Tote

Kenneth Salon’s new product line; vintage Tab glasses

Wild Things

Leopard-print shoes

Shop Talk

Brad’s jewelry collection sparkles at Damiani.

Sales & Bargains

Filigree Earrings for $38

Plus: sales at Flight 001, Abaete, Bodyhints, Sol, Euro Optika, Judith Leiber, and Forward


Intelligencer Gossip

Jean-Georges Vongerichten Moves, Dressing the Bush Twins, Inside Society Apartments, Citigroup Hires Masseuses, John Kerry in the Hamptons

A Map of Fear

Do you have an escape plan? Are you avoiding the subways? Cabs? A poll.

How Real Did It Feel?

Comments from Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Ed Koch, Howard Wolfson, Bob Kerrey, Tom Wolfe, Kieran Mahoney, and Dr. Calvin Butts

The Politics of Being Afraid

Scared? Don’t be, says Corey Robin, whose new book, Fear: The History of a Political Idea, argues that trepidation is an “instrument of repression.” Robert Kolker talked to the Brooklyn College professor.

‘‘Who Would You Hire?’’

Cutthroat business at The Apprentice tryouts.

Olympic Fever

Inspired gymgoers try to go for the gold.



In one drunken night, a Bangladeshi importer spent $129,626 at Scores, later claiming he’d been had. That’s not what the fifteen strippers said.


A tour of local art meccas

Naked City

A pill may offer salvation to the legions of men—and their ladies— who are stuck in the express lane.



An Indian Spider-Man?


Mark Ruffalo buoys a drama about marriage and betrayal


Soot and wire at MoMA QNS

Classical Music

Puccini’s take on the Wild West


Gaza and Guantánamo Bay get documentary treatment


Two single-food shops


Tragedy from Horton Foote

The Week

New on DVD

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Opening this week: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Darbar, Cru. Plus, Gael Greene gets romantic at Kittichai and Sullivan Street Bakery goes organic.

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