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April 25, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Hell's Kitchen

Horace Mann, Goldman Sachs: Ilario Pantano had the pedigree of a Manhattan warrior, but he wanted to be the real thing. So he went outside Baghdad, shot some Iraqis, found himself accused of committing cold-blooded murder, and is now on trial for his life.


‘Nooooooooooooooooo!’ Said Christina Applegate

The plucky tale of a sitcom actress who wanted so badly to play Charity on Broadway that nothing—not a broken foot, nor an eager stand-in, nor even meager sales —would stand in her way.

The Nouveaux Totalitarians

The prolific design firm AvroKO is made up of four creative control freaks who have done a string of award-winning restaurants (one of which they also own). Their new project: a modular apartment design that they hope changes the way many New Yorkers live.

The Tipping of Jefferson Avenue

As “Bed-Stuy” turns from a synonym for “slum” into a synonym for “Fort Greene,” the working families of Jefferson Avenue—who’d stayed with the neighborhood through good times and bad—are slowly being edged out. To them, it’s only slightly comforting that the people taking their place aren’t always white.


Intelligencer Gossip

Guggenheim Museum, Catskills?

It Happened Last Week

As abundant sunshine coaxed into bloom the Bradford-pear trees lining the city’s sidewalks, change and renewal seemed to be in the air.

What Up, G?

Gifford Miller gets out the youth vote with “Generation G.”

ATM Feng Shui

The deep thought behind mini-bank placement.

Can a Shul Be Cool?

Boutique synagogue to open in Soho.


Best Bets

Multipurpose anoraks, plus Lacoste women’s swimwear and the skin cream of the stars.


Online dating has given formerly lonely men so many sexual options they’ve turned pathological.

Look Book

Cynthia Rowley.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

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

Ask a Shop Clerk

Ashley Bigelow of Screaming Mimi's.

Market Research

Hand drills.

The Everything Guide to Lunch

Including the six best sandwiches in town and where to have a noontime tryst.

Restaurant Review

Lassi’s Indian food is cooked fast but tastes great.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best the city has to offer.

In Season

Duck eggs.

Square Meal

Matzo brei.

Ask Gael

Another New Barbecue Joint? Is it the Real Deal?

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of April 18, 2005: Bar Americain, Radha, Providence, Partage. Plus, chef John Fraser comes to Compass.

Four Questions, Four Answers

They might not be kosher, but these no-fuss Passover dinners can easily become a new tradition.

Dinner and a Movie

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through May 1. Where to eat between screenings?

Real Estate

Sky-high prices hit Yorkville.

The Culture Pages

Ellen from the Block

Ellen Barkin on the transition from sex symbol to character actor (and billionaire’s wife).

Movie Review

An engrossing documentary argues that Enron was not an exception to the rules of capitalism.

How to Navigate the Tribeca Film Festival

How to avoid the turkeys.

Theater Review

The Pillowman is perfectly executed but offensively cruel.

Actor-Director : John Turturro

Thoughts on the possible revival of the Jesus.


What the audience really thought about "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Book Review

Michel Houellebecq’s odd projection of an H. P. Lovecraft biography.

Debut Novelist: Alicia Erian

A conversation with the author of Towelhead.

Classical Music Review

Three quirky operas are revived: one a failure, one a success, and one odd one in between.

Choreographer: Mark Morris

"If literal means there’s a turn on a trill, or you dance fast when the music’s fast and slow when the music’s slow, then fine, I’m guilty."

TV Review

A documentary on boxer Emile Griffith is well made but has a questionable political worldview.

Pop Music Review

New Order is back to compete with the bands spawned by its classic early work.


The Imperial City

Bloomberg’s stadium ignores every single lesson of New York development.

The City Politic

Does it matter whom Al Sharpton endorses in 2005?

The Week

New on DVD


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