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January 10, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Inside Eliot’s Army

Eliot Spitzer and his team of proudly idealistic prosecutors inherited a sleepy state office and turned it into a ruthless engine of corporate reform. A behind-the-scenes look at his latest crusade—against the insurance-brokerage industry—reveals much about the man who would be governor.

Features

The Interior World of Richard Avedon

Just up the stairs from the late photographer’s famed Upper East Side studio was the apartment where he lived, an oasis that few of his many subjects ever got to see. An exclusive photographic tour of a legend’s private world.

The Cocktail Creationist

Grey Goose, the phenomenally expensive (and phenomenally successful) “French” vodka, was invented out of whole cloth by an American named Sidney Frank. Can he possibly repeat the trick with a funky brand of tequila?

The Doctor Can't Help Himself

In his numerous TV appearances after the death of George Harrison, a former patient, Dr. Gil Lederman passed himself off as a wise, sympathetic medical innovator. Many lawsuits later, the Harvard-trained cancer specialist is desperate to prove he’s as good a doctor as he is a salesman.

Strategist

Best Bets

Rare silver, plus Moroccan slippers and an elegant stapler

Economy of One

How Kate Spade would spend $14,500

The Look Book

Designer Oleg Cassini

Market Research

Reviewing the alternatives to your iPod headphones

The Everything Guide to: Time

Including a peek inside an $89,600 watch and a physiological explanation of why meetings are boring

Mating

Breaking up with your friends

Body

How to fake the effects of a restful vacation

Real Estate

How to go green in the heart of the city. And is Robert De Niro leaving Tribeca?

Shop News

Store openings this week

Ask a Shop Clerk

Sorel Thongvan of Alexander McQueen

The Best Seller

Faux-suede Walker pillow, $245

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

The Restaurant Review

The elegant Italian cuisine at Abboccato

In Season

Winter is no excuse to neglect your locally grown greens.

Ask Gael

Why on Earth Call Your Place Porcupine?

Style and Substance

Museum food is a necessary evil, but if the canteen at the MoMA is any indication, New York might be ushering in the new age of the cultural cafeteria.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Jan. 3, 2005: Employees Only, Mama Jean's, and Bistro du Vent. Plus, Philly cheese steaks in Hell's Kitchen, BYOB at the Modern, and more.

Cake of Kings

New York restaurants serving galette des rois—those flaky almond-cream cakes with a bean, or a good-luck charm, hidden inside.

Eat Your Veggies

New York's vegan, vegetarian, or vegetarian-friendly restaurants.

Intelligencer

Intelligencer Gossip

John McDonald helps with Gramercy Park Hotel renovation, Elie Tahari buys Jay Chiat's oceanfront home, the Food Network goes all-American, and more.

It Happened Last Week

With Christmas and Hanukkah but a distant memory, and the revelry of New Year’s Eve concluded, New York could no longer ignore the words of the poet: Winter is iccumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm!

Barney Frank: Bonus Scrooge

Barney Frank says “Bah! Humbug!” to bonuses

Live From Kiev

Ukrainians from the New York area traveled to their ancestral home to be official observers in the much-watched December 26 Presidential Election.

Escape to Germany?

Postelection, citizenship applications from Jewish refugees—and their descendants—are up at the Manhattan consulate

Junior High

A marijuana-friendly book for kids?

Our Public-Eye Intellectual

Susan Sontag: a photographic tribute

Columnists

The City Politic

Handicapping Howard Dean and his rivals for the DNC chairmanship

Culture Pages

Old School

Novelist Louis Auchincloss is a realist whose Waspy world doesn’t seem so real anymore.

Movie Review

The Sea Inside thankfully chooses not to wring melodrama out of Javier Bardem’s turn as a quadriplegic

Show and Tell: MoMA Film

A filmgoer’s resolution for 2005: More MoMA.

The Pre-Show Show

Our reviews of this week’s previews.

Parental Units: The Perverse Charm of Stunt Casting

A Hoffman-Streisand-inspired look at parental stunt-casting

Television Review

24 seems more and more Rumsfeldian each season

MI-5 Reviewed

The series returns for a slick new season of countering Great Britain’s domestic terrorists.

Unscripted Reviewed

Another try at loose-limbed television from Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney lets aspiring actors improvise their own lines in a variety of sadomasochistic situations.

Mystery Woman Reviewed

Mystery Weekend launches a new series of prefab detectives in made- for-cable movies in the mode of Murder, She Wrote.

Sidekick

An interview with acrobat turned sitcom sidekick Tom Poston.

Pop Music Review

German techno that’s actually fun

Ask A Record-Store Clerk

Tracy Green of Beat Street Records

The Great Rock North

A listener’s guide to Canadian rock

The Week

New on DVD

Departments

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