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June 27, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Jean-Georges is Seeing Stars

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the city’s most admired and emulated chef, is so unfamiliar with anything resembling failure that when he hit a stretch of bad press last year, he spent three days in bed. Now, with an immaculate new restaurant and a return to the “clean” cuisine that he made famous, he is hoping to recover his perfect form.
Plus: Adam Platt on rising kitchen talents; how to splurge prudently.


Mommy's Little Con Man

Jackie Yalincak is a charming Turkish immigrant whose family foundation pledged $21 million to NYU. Her beloved son, Hakan, is a precocious 19-year-old who started a hedge fund with millions of dollars of investments. They’re also compulsive liars under arrest. The exclusive story behind New York’s most endearing family of grifters.

Does a Duck Have a Soul?

The war over foie gras pits indignant, eccentric protesters making charges of obscene cruelty against indignant, bourgeois connoisseurs defending their right to pleasure. Foie gras has become the new fur, but in this fight, the protesters could very well win.


Intelligencer Gossip

Dave Chapelle shows up for stand-up,Robert Caro roasts the wannabe A.G., Jockeying for Hilary in the Hamptons, and more.

It Happened Last Week

With a pardonable sense of exasperation, New Yorkers did their best to follow a stadium–cum–Olympic-bid drama that had more false endings than a Mahler symphony.

Last Call at the Cock

How a sexed-up, smoky gay bar survived Rudy and Mike for so long.

Not Your Mother's Rhythm Method

Adventures in baby preventing: the latest rhythm method.

Shadow Studies

A Tribeca school fights developers for its place in the sun; kids “perform better” in natural light.


Best Bets

A shoulder bag that’s practical and impressive, innovatively comfortable patio furniture, and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Vincenzo Sciacchitano of Giorgio Armani.

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

Look Book

A Ford model caught after one of her four daily outfit changes.


Stylish women’s suits solve the what-to-wear-to-work-in-the-summer problem. Photographs by Burkhard Schittny.


Online dating can be arduous for lesbians.


Helsinki’s character emerges from Russia’s shadow.


Furnishing an entire apartment from street refuse in a single day.

Real Estate

Why Gramercy Park likes having a Schrager hotel in the neighborhood.

Restaurant Week Redux

For the next two weeks, excluding weekends, lunch at participating restaurants (see costs $20.12, in increasingly deluded support of New York’s Olympic bid.

Rags to Dishes

Once strictly a destination for cut-rate clothing, gritty Orchard Street is following Clinton Street’s lead, becoming a veritable restaurant row.

The Culture Pages

I Want My Gay TV

Can a famously savvy TV exec help figure out what it means for a network to be gay?

Movie Review

David LaChapelle’s new documentary is bizarre, heartwarming, and visually incredible.

New York Screen: Paramount Before the Code

A look at the new Film Forum series.

Pop Music Review

In “Jukebox,” listeners review new records from the White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Laura Cantrell, and more.

Theater Review

A great premise unfulfilled for Jon Robin Baitz.

"The Cherry Orchard" Reviewed

Donaghy captures the play's comedy, and, paradoxically, its despair.

Nice Guy: Scott Foley

Q&A with the actor.

Art Review

Two new exhibits of 1840s-era photographs that are more than just historical curiosities.


What Museumgoers Really Thought About "Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls and Twirls."

Classical Music Review

An explanation for why South Pacific is seldom revived.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The Bottom Line

Why was Morgan Stanley chief Phil Purcell fired? Probably because he alienated almost every single person he worked with.


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