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December 19, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

The Cultural Elite 2005

A review of the best 2005 offered for the thinking fan, and a portfolio by Roger Deckker of the year’s most artistically forceful New Yorkers, from Viggo Mortensen to Joe Volpe.
See Best Of: MoviesBooksArtTVTheaterPopClassical & DanceNew Yorkers of the Year

Features

Target: Spitzer

In seven years of policing Wall Street, Eliot Spitzer has made a lot of very rich men angry, but none dared fight the tide that seems likely to carry him to higher office. Until Ken Langone, who’s prepared to bet millions that he can stop Spitzer short of Albany.

The Deal We Made for the Good Life

His new wife’s 89-year-old grandmother agreed to help them buy a Brooklyn brownstone if they met two conditions: They conceived a child immediately and she moved in.

Culture Awards 2005

The Year in Movies

Books

Art

TV

Theater

Pop

Classical and Dance

New Yorkers of the Year

Intelligencer

Paranoia Party

Ashanti, Ja Rule Celebrate Irv and Chris Gotti’s getting off by worrying about the Man.

Dearly Departed Chappelle

Comedy Central plans wake for show.

The Mobile Montauk Vacation Home

Jimmy Buffett loses trailer park bidding war.

Holiday Forgiveness for Jean-Georges

Vanity Fair hosts Perry St. holiday party.

‘Laguna Beach’ On West 68th

York Prep to get the tell-all reality-TV-show treatment.

It Happened Last Week

A week of holiday jitters in New York City.

Everything's a Dollar!

A guide to entertaining yourself four quarters at a time.

Blue in Your Face

Can the Democrats stay united long enough to take back the Senate? At least it’s easier for them to raise money now.

The Great Crap-Beer Drought

Hip, cheap PBR goes missing in Brooklyn.

Strategist

Best Bets

An amazing waterproof fleece, the finest British facial creams available at Target, and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Gretchen Broussard of Tiny Living.

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

Look Book

An ex-ambassador with the wardrobe to match her distinguished résumé.

Market Research

Sampling single-malt Scotch.

Restaurant Review

They might stain your clothes, but everything else about Bar Carrera’s tapas is fantastic.

In Season

A winter greens recipe from a chef at Lassi.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Dec. 12, 2005: Giorgione 508, The Orchard, and Gilt. Plus, Corner Bistro in a grocery store freezer near you.

Ask Gael

And what's a barbounia?

Taste Test

Where to get tolerable eggnog.

Old Flames

Global warming or no, you never know when you might need a fireplace to curl up to.

Gravy Train

Until 'The Sopranos' returns, a traditional Italian-American supper is the closest you can get to Tony & Co. on Sunday nights.

Real Estate

Doorman-building residents get creative with holiday tips.

Columns

The Power Grid

McCain and Giuliani are the Dems’ favorite Republicans. But one’s farther right than you think and the other can’t win.

Departments

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