In a city full of narcissistic, pathologically competitive parents, Donald and his ex-wife Ivana Trump seem to have won the prize. Could their three kids really have survived such mythic, over-the-top dysfunction?
Long Island is full of garages and angsty teenagers, the two main ingredients of rock and roll. Which explains why it’s home to a huge, desultory, fratricidal cultural movement
With a Park Avenue location and a reliable benefactor or two, a homeless man can clear $200 a day during the holidays. But that’s not enough for Gary and his gang, who go shopping for a more hospitable city to squat in.
A hanging Danish candelabra that resembles DNA, plus...
Thelma Golden of Harlem’s Studio Museum spends a hypothetical five figures on a Mini Cooper and iPod Minis
A “modern-day gypsy”
Men who don’t wear wedding rings
Murray Hill’s almost affordable brownstones
Since the last time you were in Aspen...
A two-day precision plan for buying last-minute gifts, complete with commando shopping tips
Last-Minute Goliday Gift Ideas:
Store openings this week
Christina Feliciano of Ricky’s
Fujitsu 50-inch Plasma TV, $8,999
Sales & Bargains:
This week's hottest sales & bargains
Dévi, a Baluchi’s-owned winner from the chefs of Amma, and Scott Conant’s Bar Tonno
Andrew Carmellini’s quince in wine and roses
Should I Break Open the Piggy Bank to Celebrate Chanterelle’s 25th Year?
Andrew Friedman, cookbook ghostwriter
New this week: Jewel Bako Robata, Poetessa, WaWa Canteen, De Marco's Pizzeria and Restaurant, and Lo Scalco. Plus, an irresistible Italian pastry and faith-affirming espresso.
Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the oil lamp and the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem—and provides a great excuse to gorge on latkes.
St. Lucia Day, the annual Scandinavian festival of lights, falls on December 13, but you can get a head start on all the festive meatball-eating and glögg-gulping here.
Rudy and Judi (finally) buy in the Hamptons, Wesley Clark’s (renewed) presidential ambitions? How the Met neutered PETA...
As the holiday season officially commenced, New York noticed with some consternation that it had already gained five pounds.
If he were chair of the Democratic National Committee, Simon Rosenberg would work on modernizing the party’s politics of persuasion.
Emboldened by their strong currency, Europeans are swarming the city—but what sort of bargains are they finding? And just how attached are they to the Euro, anyway? Jada Yuan took to the rues to find out.
How UNICEF plans to turn its Fifth Avenue ornament into a crystal cash cow.
No more cheap crab meat: Office holiday parties get fancy again
Will Julia Roberts’s son ever forgive her for his name? we asked some tri-state Phineases for their opinion.
John Borrero, 57, tells Kate Pickert about life in one of the 164 booths the MTA may soon eliminate.
As Eliot Spitzer zeroes in on Albany, can he possibly avoid making the state attorney general’s office seem more like a campaign headquarters than it already does?
The Culture Pages
Lemony Snicket star Liam Aiken survives his own unfortunate event.
Ocean’s Twelve is long on George Clooney charm but short on action.
Born Into Brothels, couldn’t be more earnest—it’s about the children of prostitutes in Calcutta’s red-light district—but it couldn’t be more powerful either.
The actor on Frankenstein, Motown, and cockroach bunnies.
Experimental film gets painterly
When white kids with no personal experience of black America play up their own skin color much as they’ve embraced black music and humor, and then distance themselves with a dose of irony, a lively cultural moment must be unfolding.
Most of the great Raphaels in existence are in London for the National Gallery’s survey, but one very special painting is traveling alone.
Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures is revived with mixed results.
The playwrights have certainly met quota in their perverse biographical work about Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s syphilitic final days in Montmartre.
A revival of Paula Vogel’s chaotic 1992 AIDS play, inspired by the death of her brother Carl.
A three point plan.
The Nirvana boxed set is bloated but fascinating.
Politically relevant essays on Buddhism
His memoir, in a translation that preserves the author’s gorgeous, discursive style and his love of wordplay, is a social history embedded within an autobiography.
The novel is, first off, a prank.
I’m sort of on a Murakami kick. I was thinking it would be great to set him up in a Ford Explorer and have him tour the highways and byways of America
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