Parking spots that go for $175,000, a building full of nothing but $35 million apartments: The superrich have remade the city in their own image. And as the class of extravagant spenders grows with no end in sight, it’s worth looking beyond scorn and envy to the ways in which the superrich function as the city’s main industry. Their money makes the city better for everyone (and worse, too, but we’re talking economics here).
World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein has a 99-year lease, visionary plans, a brilliant sales pitch, and a very big, just about completed office building for which not a single paying tenant has signed up.
The only thing more shocking than Seymour Hersh’s revelations about abuses of government power is his public musings about the abuses of government power. Should what he utters be held to the same standard as what he writes?
Downsize, the Miramax way! Harvey Weinstein and Cipriani cook up a diet book.
As these three world-historical figures ascended to the Great Perhaps, life in the city carried on in its usual sublunary style.
. . . Bill Clinton, Al Franken, and her foray into conservative-book publishing.
Bellow’s biographer says goodbye.
“It’s like we’re in Fallujah.” Brooklyn judges say they’re not as safe as their Manhattan counterparts.
A 100-smokers poll on Peter Jennings.
A plated-gold necklace, plus instant hair-gel strips and an innovative plunger.
Store Openings this week.
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Heather Yoo of Issey Miyake.
Featuring a slick A&R man.
The best nail files.
A rarely discussed effect of moving back home: sexually frustrated parents.
John Bartlett’s Beuys-influenced home.
The next generation of prescription pill bottles.
Lo Scalco and Della Rovere, two very different Tribeca Italian joints worth visiting.
A fried-oyster omelette brings the food of the frontier to Park Slope.
Week of April 11, 2005: Alto, Daniele's Piadina, Rice, Smoked, Table XII, The Stanton Social.
I thought it was Tuscan - Now it's English?
During the ten-day Dine in Brooklyn celebration (April 11 through 20), $19.55—in honor of the only year the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series—will buy you a multicourse dinner. The full list of participants is at brooklyntourism.org; a few of the best selections appear here.
Thai New Year festival, happens April 13 through 15. Where to ring in the new?
How to change your skin-care regimen for springtime.
The rise of the million-dollar studio.
The Culture Pages
David Duchovny sets a youthfully earnest movie in the city of his youth.
Todd Solondz’s latest occasionally avoids his typical mean-spirited pessimism.
Harold & Kumar director Danny Leiner’s serious turn debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Puncturing the hype around Denzel Washington and Julius Caesar.
Pulitzer Winner John Patrick Shanley.
The Thomashefsky Project.
James Levine’s move to the Boston Symphony seems a success.
Revelations is only the latest sign that the end-times are lucrative.
Arrested Development goes down gleefully.
A recurring guide to which shows are on the rise and which are about to crash.
What's up, Docs?
A Takashi Murakami– curated exhibit cleverly explores Japan’s infantilized culture.
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