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December 5, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Sex and the City: The Horror Movie

Peter Braunstein was the odd man out: a weirdly out-of-fashion fashion reporter who barely clung to a spot in the cosmopolitan, style-obsessed society he loathed and loved. And when he lost that spot, he flipped out, allegedly committed a bizarre sex crime against a former colleague, and became an instant tabloid anti-hero.

Features

Anchor Roulette

Who will helm the nightly news broadcasts at CBS and ABC in coming decades? Never has so much pontification, anguish, gossip, and backroom power-dealing surrounded such an irrelevant question.

Koppel’s Therapy

Ted Koppel may be leaving Nightline, but a quiet retirement is not at all what he has in mind.

Please, Sir, I Want Some More.

The bonuses thrown around on Wall Street this time of year are so large that their exact size is, from a practical standpoint, meaningless. Except, that is, to the status-obsessed, type A workaholics who battle for every extra nickel. Inside the great carve-up of Goldman Sachs’ $11 billion compensation pie.

Intelligencer

On the Town with Peter Bacanovic

Marthagate broker jetés back into high society.

Steve Jobs Loves his Big iCube

It’s his; he’s not leaving it here.

Meshugah Machers Go to War over Hamptons Rabbi

The simmering ego battle over power rabbi David Gelfand has erupted into an all-out legal war at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

Silverstein Shills His Lucky 7

Architects party in empty tower.

Triple-X Scenes From a Mall

Men’s-room friskiness at the Shops at Columbus Circle.

It Happened Last Week

Natives could take this holiday moment to step back, take stock, or better yet, get the hell out of Dodge.

Fountains of Wayne

The invasive celebrity interrogator wants to pour you a drink in his Boudoir (expect to see Prince Albert and Ivana there, too).

Sticking Your Neck Out

Teaching New Yorkers to deploy ‘strategic empathy’ to get what they want. Can a jackal become a giraffe?

The City Council Money Shuffle

Candidates for City Council speaker "donate" their own campaign funds to the people who will end up electing them. Is this naked vote-buying?

Strategist

Best Bets

A hot West Coast designer makes her New York debut, plus a snow surfboard and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Evelyn Goldstein of FAO Schwartz.

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

Look Book

A poet with a nostalgic bohemian style.

Craze

Steven Alan’s new shirt store.

Mating

The eternal conflict between sex and sleep.

Restaurant Review

Great pasta, erratic entrées at Lo Scalco.

In Season

A beet recipe from Sweetwater chef Paul Williams.

Flavor of the Month: Ginger

Ginger has always been big in December, but lately it has crept into all sorts of less predictable foodstuffs.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Nov. 28, 2005: Naka Naka, The Place on West 10th, Blau Gans, and Barbounia.

Ask Gael

Stop the (food) world, I want to get off.

Snackathon

Move over, small plates. There’s a new appetite-spoiling section on the menu.

Rise and Shine

Even if you’re not a morning person, these new breakfast options might get your juices flowing.

Pining and Dining

Serpentining through the hordes to get a glimpse of the Rockefeller Center tree amounts to a full-fledged cardio workout. Refuel here.

Real Estate

Four thousand square feet for $1.73 million? Only if you’re willing to live without natural light.

The Culture Pages

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Tracey Emin is known in the U.K. for her personality as much as her art, but that doesn’t mean she’s a bad artist.

Movie Review

A Paths of Glory revival showcases the pre-cerebral Kubrick.

Shape Shifter: Ralph Fiennes

"I think you can be competent and satisfy a lot of people, but the moments when you become a tiny part of something larger hardly ever happen."

Theater Review

The arrival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest is just another reason to see Sweeney Todd.

Seascape & Mr. Marmalade Reviewed

The couples' relationships generate no emotional appeal, and the weighty subjects they throw around tell us little we don't know.

TV Review

A new Showtime drama manages to make terrorism boring.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy has built up just enough positive word of mouth to ensure that, when you finally tune in, you’ll be slightly disappointed.

Art Review

Two new exhibits prove painters needn’t be canonical to be interesting.

The Gist: 'Darwin'

A museum exhibit about Charles Darwin? That’s timely.

Pop Music

Patti Smith on the old days at CBGB and the Strand.

Video Game Review

A stunning take on the classic game from auteur Fumito Ueda.

Classical Music Review

A Juilliard School production outclasses the Met.

The Approval Matrix

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

Columns

The Power Grid

The Google-publishers lawsuit is an early skirmish in the war that will take down the old media.

The Bottom Line

How TiVo, DirecTV, and Apple killed the blue-chip cable stocks.

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