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January 16, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

Group Therapy

The Strokes, the band that revived New York as a rock town, just released their best album yet. So why aren’t they having fun?


A Guy Named Craig

He’s helped countless people find couches, cars, and even shower buddies. If only the nebbishy IBM refugee behind Craigslist could find a way to save the newspaper industry he’s destroying.

Dinosaur On Ice

The National Hockey League’s strict new rules have turned the blood sport into a gentleman’s game—and left the Rangers’ bone-crushing thug Darius Kasparaitis fighting for his professional life.


Kiss-Kiss Controversy

Bloomberg switches to two-cheek Eurosmooch; pols divided on meaning.

Can Anything Stop Tina Brown?

Tina Brown wants to make it perfectly clear that she does not think Hillary Clinton is stoppable, despite a recent Spectator headline.

$250K Alpha Bull Bought to Sire Many Steak Dinners

Steve Hanson, owner of Blue Water Grill, and David Burke, owner of DavidBurke & Donatella, are going into the cow-impregnation business.

Abramoff Escapes O’Reilly No-Spin Zone

Feud-happy Bill O’Reilly doesn’t have to worry about trouble from disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Downtown Mag Shuts Down

Index, the Interview-ish downtown monthly founded by artist Peter Halley, folded just shy of its tenth birthday.

January Firsts

On New Year’s eve, a wave of sleet threatened to turn a densely packed Times Square into a particularly accurate facsimile of hell frozen over, with Mariah Carey’s performance providing the Luciferian soundtrack.

Bohemian Archaeology

Looking for signs of the old downtown, full of visionary artist-scumbags.

General Confusion

Loyalty tug-of-war over the attorney-general race.

Telepathy, Moon-Mining, and Legalized Cocaine

What today was supposed to look like, as of 25 years ago.


Best Bets

A fedora fit for Jack Abramoff, a Czech hanging lamp, and more.

Economy of One

How would Jade Jagger spend $11,250?

Look Book

A stylish social worker with a clubgoing past.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Jenifer Foley of Frette at ABC Carpet & Home.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Market Research

Stylish ways to stash your new iPod Nano.

Light Reading

Getting a bite of the latest diet books.

The Restaurant Review

Falai’s cozy feel is pure LES, but the food is from a different Zip Code.

In Season

Although the decidedly plebeian cabbage plays an integral summer role—what would a backyard barbecue be without coleslaw, or a July 4 hot dog minus sauerkraut?—its hardiness makes it a cold-weather staple wherever it grows.

Eat, Then Sleep

It’s hibernation season—time to park yourself at one of these all-you-can-eat restaurants and set your alarm clock for March.

Steep Trajectory

When you’re not in the mood for a veddy proper hotel tea, consider these newish alternatives.

Real Estate

Why Park Slope prices will send you fleeing back to Manhattan.

The Culture Pages

Hey, Baby, It's Jimmy

Talking music with maestro James Levine.

The Ever-Vending Story

Q&A with Man Push Cart filmmaker Ramin Bahrani.

Trailer Mix

Our reviews of this week’s previews.

New York Screen: Peter Berlin

Self-made gay icon and porn star Peter Berlin is most famous for his obsessive documentation of his scantily clad self.

Book Review

Two novelists find rich material in competing Soviet legacies: artistic genius and thuggish repression.

Baggage Check

Four new books and the family issues their authors carry with them.

TV Review

The new series Hustle shows why con-man stories often satisfy: They force writers to get smart.

Country Boys

What does seem to be steadfast for both Chris Johnson and Cody Perkins is an alternative school in Appalachia, where dedicated teachers encourage troubled teens to think for themselves.


Lincoln gets a thorough laundering, rinsing, and wringing in these three hours.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Award season plays havoc with expectations: How often have you walked out of a film thinking, They gave six Golden Globe nominations to this?!

Approval Matrix

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


The City Politic

What Ray Kelly can learn from Jim Comey, the man who wouldn’t support the White House’s spy tactics.


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