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March 27, 2006 Issue

Cover Story


Ron Perelman’s personal life is a multi-million-dollar operation: homes, yachts, personal chefs, chauffeured cars, armed guards. But his prenupped marriage to Ellen Barkin is one deal that went badly awry.

Plus: Ron Perelman vs. Ellen Barkin: Behind the Scenes of a Broken MarriageWhat Perelman’s Divorces Cost HimThe Prenup EpidemicHow to Ask for a PrenupWhat to Do When Asked for a Prenup


The Name of the Father

In 2000, Andrew Cuomo was a rising star with built-in name recognition. Now he’s running for a second-tier state office, hoping he can convince the political insiders he offended—and the voters he never impressed—that he’s a different, humbler Cuomo. (But—don’t forget!—still a Cuomo.)

The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll

C’mon: Do you really think nineteen guys with box cutters were behind 9/11? Then why, when no steel-frame building had ever collapsed from fire, did three fall down that day? (One, 7 WTC, wasn’t even hit.) How could a terrorist’s passport emerge in perfect condition? Why was it so important to clear debris before all the bodies were recovered? Did the U.S. secretly plan the whole thing? The 9/11 conspiracy theorists have it all figured out.


Out of Florida: Redford vs. Harris

Sundance Kid goes after Sunshine State’s recount queen.

Maritime on the Bowery Runs Aground

Upscale hotel no college dorm.

Alleged Molester Still Gets Blurbs

“I felt somewhat betrayed.”

Bloggers Behind Glass

Gawker Hawker opens storefont.

Dubai Already Took Over NYC

Forget the ports—what about the wax museum?

Welcome Back

The week began with a brush of spring, as temperatures hit the seventies. Though it got much chillier, we couldn’t seem to shake the seventies after that.

Last Call

What the bartender saw the night Imette St. Guillen was drinking at the Falls.

Only a Test

A random survey of 100 pedestrians in Washington Square on higher education, SAT scandals, and those pesky analogies.


Best Bets

Hip quilts that take a month to make, an ironing board perfect for cramped spaces, and more hot buys.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Caleb McLoud of Cloak.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Look Book

A special-ed teacher worries about pantsuits.

The Restaurant Review

Subtle food in a bombastic atmosphere at Morimoto.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

New this week: Zibetto Espresso Bar and Sascha. Plus, swivel chairs at A Voce.

Eats Street

Mapping 14th Street’s Gourmet Grocery Alley.

Good Eggs

Yes, even eggs have a season: Prompted by the longer days of spring, chickens, ducks, and geese begin to lay at a steady clip. You can celebrate this fact at home over breakfast or, better yet, at dinner.

Say When

With the proliferation of pizza joints that bake up skateboard-size pies and charge by the weight (or width) of your chosen slice, eating with your eyes becomes a dangerous proposition.


The bold interior design of the late, great Dorothy Draper.

5 X 5

Direct from Europe, next fall’s fashion trends.

Real Estate

The near-final West Village development fight gets under way.

The Culture Pages

The Ex–Prince of Condé Nast

Ex–Condé Nast honcho James Truman returns to the rat race, albeit at a higher brow.

Off the Shelf: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead describes his personal reading list, from Saul Bellow to Stan Lee.

The Movie Review

A typically agitational effort from the Wachowskis and an unusually apolitical Spike Lee “joint” both succeed.


Donald Fagen on science fiction, Frank Zappa, and the underappreciated irony of Steely Dan.


McCoy Tyner and Savion Glover rehearse across generations.

The Art Review

The Biennial is politically radical but artistically conservative.


The collectors and the artist discuss the purchase of Zak Smith's Spidey, Berlin.

The Theater Review

A Johnny Cash musical and, in Grey Gardens, the best performance in New York.


What the audience really thought about ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore.’


The Power Grid

Why George Pataki turned on Larry Silverstein.

The City Politic

Has Eliot Spitzer made too many friends to continue his renegade ways?

The Week

Show Dogs

William Wegman’s secrets revealed.

Gang of Four

The eminently progressive, hip, and virtuosic Kronos Quartet collaborates in a festival with a group of intriguing partners at Carnegie Hall.

Flower Power

Yes! It’s actually warm enough to have fun outdoors!

Techno 101

Two electronic acts that have made their mark on the mainstream play smallish local venues.


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