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December 13, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Did Their Father Really Know Best?

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?


L.I.R.R. (Long Island Rock ‘n’ Roll)

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

Beggars Can Be Choosers

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.


Best Bets

A hanging Danish candelabra that resembles DNA, plus...

Economy of One

Thelma Golden of Harlem’s Studio Museum spends a hypothetical five figures on a Mini Cooper and iPod Minis

The Look Book

A “modern-day gypsy”


Men who don’t wear wedding rings

Real Estate

Murray Hill’s almost affordable brownstones


Since the last time you were in Aspen...

All About (Christmas) Eve

A two-day precision plan for buying last-minute gifts, complete with commando shopping tips

Last-Minute Goliday Gift Ideas:
Gift Certificates

Everything Online

Sound and Film

Art Books and Literature

Shop news

Store openings this week

Ask a Shop Clerk

Christina Feliciano of Ricky’s

The Best Seller

Fujitsu 50-inch Plasma TV, $8,999

Sales & Bargains:
This week's hottest sales & bargains

The Restaurant Review

Dévi, a Baluchi’s-owned winner from the chefs of Amma, and Scott Conant’s Bar Tonno

In Season

Andrew Carmellini’s quince in wine and roses

Ask Gael

Should I Break Open the Piggy Bank to Celebrate Chanterelle’s 25th Year?


Andrew Friedman, cookbook ghostwriter

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

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.

Hot Potatoes

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.

Swedish Celebrations

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.


Intelligencer Gossip

Rudy and Judi (finally) buy in the Hamptons, Wesley Clark’s (renewed) presidential ambitions? How the Met neutered PETA...

It Happened Last Week

As the holiday season officially commenced, New York noticed with some consternation that it had already gained five pounds.

An Information-Age Donkey

If he were chair of the Democratic National Committee, Simon Rosenberg would work on modernizing the party’s politics of persuasion.

Euro Invasion

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.

Let It Snowflake

How UNICEF plans to turn its Fifth Avenue ornament into a crystal cash cow.

Happy Hors d’Oeuvre Are Here Again

No more cheap crab meat: Office holiday parties get fancy again

They Answer to “Phinnaeus”

Will Julia Roberts’s son ever forgive her for his name? we asked some tri-state Phineases for their opinion.

The Station Agent Diaries

John Borrero, 57, tells Kate Pickert about life in one of the 164 booths the MTA may soon eliminate.


The City Politic

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

Unfortunate Son

Lemony Snicket star Liam Aiken survives his own unfortunate event.

Movie Review

Ocean’s Twelve is long on George Clooney charm but short on action.

Screen Shots: Born Into Brothels

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.

Willem Dafoe’s Influences

The actor on Frankenstein, Motown, and cockroach bunnies.

Art Review

Experimental film gets painterly

Conversation: John Leland and Maurice Berger

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.

The Object: Raphael’s La Fornarina

Most of the great Raphaels in existence are in London for the National Gallery’s survey, but one very special painting is traveling alone.

Theater Review

Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures is revived with mixed results.

Belle Epoque Reviewed

The playwrights have certainly met quota in their perverse biographical work about Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s syphilitic final days in Montmartre.

The Baltimore Waltz Reviewed

A revival of Paula Vogel’s chaotic 1992 AIDS play, inspired by the death of her brother Carl.

How to Fix: The Rock Musical

A three point plan.

Pop Music Review

The Nirvana boxed set is bloated but fascinating.

Book Review

Politically relevant essays on Buddhism

A Tale of Love and Darkness Reviewed

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 Story of My Baldness Reviewed

The novel is, first off, a prank.

Ask A Bookstore Owner

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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