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January 23, 2006 Issue

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Sales and Bargains 2006

Where to get everything you want for as little as possible, from the latest fashions and best wines to strollers, tennis racquets, and laptop computers.
Plus: How to haggleHow to buy onlineDiscount stores go head to headThe truth about markdownsLiving in New York on $10 a dayMore


Running Weld

Right now, the only thing that voters know about him is that he is a former governor of Massachusetts who dove into the Charles River and may have pulled some shady business in Kentucky. It's not exactly the ideal reputation on which to run for governor of New York. But if Bill Weld always made the wise move, he wouldn't be Bill Weld.

Vera Wang’s Second Honeymoon

She just happened to own the high-end wedding-dress industry. But Vera Wang was only slumming in the bridal business. She wanted to be a genuine fashion designer. And now that's exactly what she is.


Melania Trump Won’t Be Frock-Blocked

The art of the deal: buying dress off a shopper’s back.

Schrager Checks Out, Cashes In

The perky ex-hotelier.

007 Craig Seeking New Bond Girl

Thandie Galore, perhaps?

Will Hoax Save So-So JT LeRoy Film?

Sundance D.J. gig canceled.

Condé Nastiness Fails to Bring Down McCarthy Era

Patrick McCarthy just renewed his contract with Condé Nast for another three years, say several insiders.


This week, it seemed like the rest of the world just couldn’t be roused. Faced with a foam-mouthed pack of barking Democratic senators, Samuel Alito somnolently aced his way through confirmation hearings.

Digital Animal

Inspired by Andy Warhol (and enabled by his insomnia), Lou Reed has taken up photography.

The Public’s Domain

The Public Theater turns 50.

Wilbur Ross’s Distress

The Sago mine tragedy illustrates the potential human cost of Ross’s distressed-asset investment strategy.

Nitpickers Ball

A real head-scratcher: why so many lice this year?


Best Bets

Hand cream that battles skin-abusing winter weather, workout clothes for the vintage-minded, and more.

Real Estate

The Plaza is only the newest and most prominent player in the Manhattan time-share market.

The Look Book

An unshowered 'Edwardian punk.'

The Restaurant Review

Blaue Gans is an ideal venue for enjoying schnitzel and schupfnudel.

In Season

A fresh-horseradish-and-roasted-onion dip recipe from a Cookshop chef.

Ask Gael

Is it Gilt or just plain brass?

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Jan. 16, 2006: Foragers Market, Urena, and Room 4 Dessert. Plus, Sixpoint Craft Ales' new bottled beer.

Mystery Muffins

An ecofriendly mystery bakery lurks in the East Village.

Sunday: The New Saturday?

Suzanne Goin breezed through town last week to promote her first cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques (Knopf; $35), borrowing her friend Gabrielle Hamilton’s kitchen at Prune to cook one of her signature prix fixe Sunday suppers

Holy Kreplach!

The abrupt closure of the 2nd Ave. Deli earlier this month (and its uncertain future) reminds us never to take chicken in the pot for granted again. So grab your bubbe and support your local deli.

Dog Days

Usher in the Chinese New Year—it’s the Year of the Dog—on the 29th with lucky foods like whole fish (for abundance) and noodles (for longevity) at these restaurants.

The Culture Pages

I’m a Survivor

Cat Power on more than a decade of suffering for, and because of, her art.

Movie Review

Albert Brooks can’t shake off his own persona in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.

Now Out In Theaters—And On Your TV!

A guide to the same-day-release movement.

Sundance Standout: Iraq In Fragments

What makes James Longley’s Iraq in Fragments so powerful is that he spent enough time there for unpredictable ideas to incubate and shot enough footage to explore them.

Sundance Porn

Every year at Sundance, there’s at least one racy sex film. This year, you get seven for the price of one in Destricted.

Art Review

Andrea Zittel works at the intersection of practical design and desert-dwelling eccentricity.

TV Review

A Dickens adaptation featuring murder, intrigue, and Gillian Anderson is as engaging as it sounds.

Courting Alex

Alex is the opposite of Dharma. She’s a career-driven lawyer in daddy Dabney Coleman’s firm, with a cell phone instead of a life.

Fantasy Island

What ‘Love Monkey’ lacks.

Book Review

Bernard-Henri Levy, one-man French-intellectual version of The Dailly Show.


James Frey’s messy story.

Classical Music Review

New York's Gilbert & Sullivan Players may be the best around.


The Power Grid

Regardless of what happens to Judge Alito, Chuck Schumer is on his way to the top.

The Imperial City

New Time Inc. honcho John Huey is a frank man in an industry that, frankly, has its share of problems.


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