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July 18, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

The $2,000 an-Hour Woman

Natalia was a very hot commodity, the crown jewel in Jason Itzler’s burgeoning sex empire, an escort service with its own “Playboy Mansion” on Worth Street. She was also his girlfriend. Theirs was a strange and extremely lucrative love story—until, of course, it all came crashing down. Good-bye, Hugh Hefner; hello, Rikers.


The Deal He Made

Powerful CEOs don’t typically have much interest in the exhausting and sometimes demeaning experience of public office. But former Goldman Sachs chief Jon Corzine didn’t just get into politics. He got into Jersey politics. And rather than stay safely in Washington, he’s now making a play for Trenton, an idealist wading ever deeper into the swamp.

The New York Diet

By now, thanks to countless books and morning-show experts, everyone knows what they should eat. But what do people really eat? Charting the minute-by-minute actual diet of five New Yorkers.

The Wages of Sun

Vacationers in the Hamptons can relax thanks to a huge population of invisible workers who make the easy life possible. A photo-essay by Michael Edwards


Intelligencer Gossip

Ali G on da 4 train, an emerging art mini mall, President Bush's prime-time justice, and more.

It Happened Last Week

Any disappointment by New York over its failed Olympic bid had to be reckoned as trivial compared with what the winning city went through.

Fixing a Leak

From Karl Rove to Robert Novak: A how-Judith-Miller-wound-up-in-jail cheat sheet.

She Wore it Well

Yves Saint Laurent on Nan Kempner.

How Did London Affect New York?

A survey of 100 passersby outside Grand Central on the day of the attacks—63 of whom knew people over there and had already made sure they were safe.


Best Bets

Golden oil to provide relief for the pasty-skinned, plus paint Post-its and a light summer robe.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Lee Testa of Room & Board.

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

Look Book

An audiobook narrator and his little dog too.

Market Research

Surveying tote bags for the beach.


The manly pride of the stay-at-home dad.

Real Estate

Can paying brokers more help sell an unsellable apartment?


50 things to do in Queens before the siege of Starbucks and sushi.

Restaurant Review

Tasty if inconsistent barbecue.

In Season

A breakfast radish recipe.

Ask Gael

What's Worth the Hamptons Hassle?

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of July 1, 2005: Annona. Plus, innovative pizza pickings.

The Rednecks are Coming!

The cuisine invasion.

New Plate Specials

The venerable Munson and Jones diners may be no more, but their all-American food—and the home-fry-addicted folks who love it—is forever.

Bastille Day

Where to revel in la joie de la liberté—not to mention a certain nation’s presumption of cultural superiority—this July 14.

The Culture Pages

The Player

Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson smartens up every dumb-blond role he takes on.

Movie Review

Steven Spielberg’s latest is a bracing success, the first serious post-9/11 sci-fi movie.


Dance Craze or Foodstuff?

Pop Music

Lucinda Williams on life, love, and the New York media.

Art Review

MoMA and the Met manage to make Cézanne and Matisse fresh and interesting.

Show and Tell: William Eggleston

William Eggleston's Photo Portraits at Cheim & Reid.

TV Review

Hired as Tucker Carlson’s liberal punching bag, Rachel Maddow outjabs her host.

Instant Replay

Mocking the 2004 election—again.

Reality-TV Index

A recurring guide to which shows are on the rise and which are about to crash.


Merce Cunningham on his influences.

The Approval Matrix

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


The City Politic

The bombings in London left New Yorkers as determined as ever to remain calm.


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