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December 12, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Howard Stern in Space

Sirius Radio’s $500 million offer to beam Howard Stern’s unconstrained profanity into the stratosphere roused the shock jock from a self-diagnosed professional slump. But once he leaves behind the censors and the suits, what will be left to motivate him?


The Abortion Capital of America

Right now, there are more abortions performed in New York City than anyplace in the country. And in the coming years, there will undoubtedly be more as the city once again becomes a haven for women from all around the country, desperate for a procedure unavailable where they live.

The New Underground Railroad

That migration has already begun for a procession of women seeking second-trimester abortions. When liberal-minded volunteers play host, female solidarity and class anxiety collide. A personal account.

History of 'The Producers': Part III

In bringing The Producers to the world for the third time, Mel Brooks hoped for a raucous capper to an exuberant career. But personal tragedy got in the way.


The Donald’s Private Dick

Did Trump put a gumshoe on a Times reporter’s trail?

Pasta Justified!

Timberlake to open Italian restaurant in midtown.

Grubman Victim Fights On

Lizzie Grubman's victim trains to be ultimate fighting champion.

Hansom Cabbies Turn Ugly

Horsemen try to give pedicabs the boot.

Rupe Unloads Soho Starter Home

Fashion mogul drops $25 million on mod loft.

It Happened Last Week

In fact, last week resounded with animosity. But come on, folks, it’s almost the holidaysólet nothing you dismay!


John Lennon was shot 25 years ago with this gun. Unearthing a relic of a violent time.

State GOP Smackdown!

With the end of Pataki’s reign nigh, the New York State Republican party seems to be at war with itself. A handy guide to who’s stabbing whom in the back, and why.

The Face Race

Finally, a $500 facial to go with your $600 haircut.



Relive the last four decades through design.

Best Bets

An un-wrinkle-able jacket, fashionable wingtips, and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Douglas Chen of Linda Dresner.

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

Look Book

A lover of bright colors who plays children’s songs for adults.

Last-Minute Gifts

A competition to buy $2,000 worth of presents in one day.

Restaurant Review

Up-and-comer Josh DeChellis’s newest is a good place to get a deliciously unhealthy meal.

In Season

A roasted apple recipe from the Queen's Hideaway.

Ask Gael

Can we trust the West Side renaissance?

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Dec. 5, 2005: David Burke at Bloomingdale's, Falai Panetteria, and Sigiri.

Got Cheese?

The holiday host’s guide to fromage.

The Pig and the Ale

Brooklyn’s the place to be this week, as two hot spots host special dinners.

Smorgasbord Season

Even if you’re not Swedish, consider celebrating the holidays with herring, meatballs, and more.


What to do in the new Marrakech.

Real Estate

The rise of the thirtysomething roommate.

The Culture Pages

Lone Star

She’s Hollywood royalty, but Jennifer Jason Leigh is happiest on the fringes.

Movie Review

Despite massive advance scrutiny, the "gay cowboy movie" will still shock audiences.

Transamerican: Felicity Huffman

How the actress went from smash-hit housewife to indie tranny.

Theater Review

In the Oprah Winfrey version of A Color Purple, old-fashioned gumption solves all.


Marina Abramovic on re-performing performance art.

Show and Tell

The fifties-era street portraits of a recluse.

TV Review

Introducing romantic tension to the police procedural.

Pop Music Review

Four young record collectors discuss new work from Neil Diamond, Wolf Parade, and others.

The Approval Matrix

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


The Imperial City

Harper’s without Lewis Lapham.

The City Politic

The speech that Hillary should be giving about her plans for 2008.


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