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February 6, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School

In the enlightened world of Manhattan teens, where the only taboo is intolerance, adolescent romance can get complicated. Meet Alair, her unconsummated crush Jane, their friend Elle, her bisexual boyfriend, and the rest of the heteroflexible gang.


Revenge of the Weinsteins

Brand-new movie studios like the one Bob and Harvey Weinstein just founded face a million little problems. But for Hollywood’s most notorious brothers, everything boils down to a single, immodest goal: making billions of dollars in profit while embarrassing every adversary they’ve ever had.

My Roommate, The Diamond Thief

He paid the rent on time and seemed like a pretty normal guy. Until his room got ransacked. And he disappeared. Then he showed up on television as the perpetrator of the most lucrative jewel heist in San Francisco history.


No Money-Back Guarantee in Politics

Cuomo scoffs at refunds for his donors turned rivals.

Sweet Revenge For 'Candy'

Warner had let it rot.

Trump Says ‘Times’man Missed Billions Because of Blonde

Last week, Trump filed a libel lawsuit seeking a minimum of $5 billion in damages resulting from Times business writer and TrumpNation author Timothy O’Brien’s “malicious” lowballing of his net worth.

Fellini? Proust? No Way, Brah!

NYC undergrads normal.

Mass. GOPers Fund Weld Run

No sign of Pataki-ites’ $$$

Ashes of History

People come to New York to start fresh, but last week the city kept ramming head-on into the past.

Mona Lisa of the Federal Reserve

Painter Erin Crowe, 25, bids farewell to the eighteen-year reign of Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, who is retiring at the end of the month, with a show at the Broome Street Gallery.

White-Collar TKO

Last November, the state cracked down on weekend boxers. But these would-be Rockys can’t throw in the towel.

His Witness

Attorney, fixer, and New York knockabout Edward Hayes, who’s gone to the mat for everyone from P.Diddy to 9/11 victims’ families, has written a memoir.

When Networks Collide

What happens when you combine two prime-time schedules?


Best Bets

Early-blooming flowers for reducing winter drabness, a humidifier for those with dry skin and a keen sense of style, and more.

Skinny Pants: A Brief History

Skintight women’s pants have squeezed in and out of fashion for decades. Now, with the reappearance of stirrup leggings, the look is back.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

The Look Book

A Frenchwoman who favors American men.

Great Room

Turning a Tribeca loft into the ultimate tech-guru pad.

The Restaurant Review

Telepan successfully brings organic, ingredient-fetishizing cooking uptown.

In Season

A chili con carne recipe from a Maremma chef.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

New this week: Morimoto, Novo, Ssam Bar, Pala, and Hampton Chutney Co.

Ask Gael

The narrow storefront that was Butterfield 81 has always catered to the neighborhood, and that’s Francesco Antonucci’s mind-set here in a room that is stripped-down and simple.

The Sandwich Chronicle

Jerry Seinfeld reaches the pinnacle of super-celebritydom: A Greenwich Village café names a peanut-butter sandwich in his honor.

Real Estate

The high cost and high stakes of naming developments.

The Culture Pages

Now Playing at Your Local Multiplex: Torture Porn

Cinematic torture gets more graphic as it gets more pointless.

Movie Review

An entertainingly jumbled effort from Michael Winterbottom.

Boris Karloff: The Monster Who Would Tuck You in at Night

Boris Karloff could be the most fiendish bogeyman imaginable but also the grandfather reading you the story of that bogeyman in the safety of your bedroom.

What We Saw—And Learned—At Sundance

Indie films don’t have to end up as downers. Heroin addiction and child molestation can’t always be overcome in a 90-minute feature, as Sundance films like to remind us.


Isaac Mizrahi fits Amanda Peet.

Theater Review

A one-woman show by Sarah Jones succeeds where others annoy.

Book Review

A smart satire of modern urban motherhood from Ayelet Waldman.

Impatient Patient: James McManus

In Positively Fifth Street, James McManus turned a week at the World Series of Poker into a rambunctious existential exploration of greed and family, with an epically seedy murder tossed in. His new book, Physical: An American Checkup, takes an equally gonzo approach to the world of medicine.

By Our Contributors

In his new novel, The Good Life, Jay McInerney (a New York contributing editor) explores that post-attack feeling—equal parts grief, stoicism, and morbid humor.

TV Review

Henry Louis Gates Jr. reexamines racial heritage in America (and it’s a lot more fun than it sounds).

Pop Music Review

A home visit with New Jersey’s leading practitioner of “bedroom pop.”

Filter: What's Good About Ryan

Three albums in 2005, six in the four years prior, countless curios in between—Ryan Adams, self-styled bard of the East Village, releases material at a maniacal pace.

Classical Music Review

Osvaldo Golijov deserves to be a household name.

Approval Matrix

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


The Imperial City

By framing the eavesdropping debate as a manly-man contest, Bush & Co. are distracting us from the conversation we should be having about privacy.

The City Politic

Rangel is boxed in by the Republican majority above and Harlem’s New Guard below. No wonder he’s lashing out at friend and foe alike.


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