Mickey Drexler built the Gap by inventing a uniform for America. But when the company started to struggle, he was summarily fired. Now he’s back in the game as CEO of J.Crew and aiming to remake the national dress code. Not to mention his reputation.
In broad daylight on Sixth Avenue, a month before he and his father were due to stand trial for money laundering, diamond dealer Eduard Nektalov took a bullet in the back of the head. A visit inside the Nektalovs’ community of Bukharan Jews in Queens, an immigrant society that fiercely protects its own.
New York is suddenly so five years ago. A satire.
Fifty years ago, everyone but George Balanchine thought his Nutcracker would drive the New York City Ballet into bankruptcy. Boy, were they wrong. Photograph by Neal Slavin.
Strategist Holiday Gifts
The ultimate evergreen for your Christmas tree.
What to Buy the Tricky People In Your Life, like:
A Couple With a New Baby
Glitzy five- and six-figure baubles.
The stretch of Lexington Avenue from 69th Street to 82nd Street feels like a slice of New York past.
Crosby Street offers a quietly chic shopping experience.
Forest Hills is packed with chains, boutiques, and hard-to-ﬁnd items that make the F-train trip worthwhile.
The dysfunctional family Christmas, a fashion parable
Great gifts under $20
Two (very different) real New Yorkers and what they want
A Freudian analysis of what gifts really mean.
Kate Young, Stylist
Rubenstein visits Lure Fishbar, the dramatically remade Canteen
Mail-order food: another way to infiltrate the red states.
Learn about the red states mysterious cultures by eating their food.
Butternut-squash bruschetta, the most creative use of a gourd since the jack-o'-lantern.
The perfect post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich requires careful planning and great bread.
One good thing about the cold: great hot chocolate.
Even the staunchest shopper can use a little pick-me-up on the busiest retail day of the year.
Luxe, prepackaged beauty products.
Trips you can give as gifts.
To have a baby, a woman needs a man. But she doesn’t have to fall in love with him. Or even meet him.
The Chelsea boom moves north.
Viva Eminem, Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial cash-grab begins, and more.
A TV celebrity was married, a great museum reopened, and a giant electronic snowflake was installed over midtown.
Can Willie Randolph fix the Mets?
Does drinking really make you stronger? A test.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard: the Ringo of rap.
What killed the city’s big-box music store?
How much do you spend on holiday gifts? A nosy sidewalk survey—conducted outside Bloomingdale’s and Saks.
Bloomberg gets more politically skilled every day, and his reelection may well hinge on how well he’s thought of by middle-class blacks.
Bush’s Social Security scheme would be a dream for Wall Street—and a nightmare for everyone else.
The Culture Pages
Neil LaBute gets a little less pessimistic—but only a little.
Oliver Stone’s Alexander is, surprisingly, a date movie.
His A Very Long Engagement is a darkly lovely adaptation of the Sébastien Japrisot World War I novel.
Our reviews of this week’s movie previews.
The engrossing Democracy.
A play about daughter Jessie carefully preparing her suicide, and mother Thelma unable to stop her.
An absurdist but not entirely absurd comedy.
Michael McKean’s roles are probably better known than he.
Seven steps from France to Broadway.
Tom Wolfe’s latest is better than you’ve heard.
Eminem grows up.
The City Opera’s Cinderella fails to soar.
The Met’s revival is a true period piece.
This week, the up-and-comer will lead the Mexican American Symphony Orchestra in its debut at Town Hall.
Hans-Peter Feldmann’s archival photography.
Most heavy-metal concerts don’t start at 9 A.M. on Sunday, but Chloe Piene managed to draw a crowd of 250 to hear the Brooklyn band Candiria.
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