New York is in a state of constant flux, but it doesn’t change on its own: It takes the
push and pull of millions of willful and sometimes ingenious individuals. Inside, you’ll find an annotated list of, arguably, the city’s most influential people (and argue you will).
In preparing this list, we tried to distinguish influence from power—to identify those, famous and not, who are leaving a discernible mark on the city. Whether those changes are for better
or worse, we hope they offer a collective portrait of a dynamic New York at this moment in its life. Incidentally, the portrait on this page is of one particular influential, but you’ll have to
figure out who it is from the complete roster.
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Already behaving like an old married couple.
Or can Buscemi?
A gallerist’s innocence lost.
Why do girls date George?
Errico and Hanson split.
Sure, Tom Cruise commandeered a D train in a Mission: Impossible PR stunt, David Blaine spent the week in a tank of saltwater hoping his skin wouldn’t bubble off, and a vampire teen was on the loose in Queens, but can anyone really doubt that the most fascinating person in the city last week was deli cashier Sylvia Garcia?
The Greenpoint fire throws the future of a legendary skate-rat paradise into question.
Warding off the organic rabble.
How the Bush Administration has helped fuel the growth of human-rights activism around the world.
Prom season is upon us, and a gown-donation service struggles to match girls to dresses previously worn for only one enchanted evening.
Whyï¿½d it take so much time to make the documentary Giuliani Time?
A tennis racket for the good-but-not-that-good female player, high-class patchouli, and more hot buys.
Eric Sauma of Mood Fabrics.
Store openings this week.
A financial analyst who strives to look like a million bucks at all times.
A tale of two fried-chicken establishments.
A morel fricassee from a Café Boulud chef.
Gael Greene reviews Capital Grille.
Q&A with David Wondrich, curator of the Museum of the American Cocktail.
Escolar, the deep-sea, warm-water fish with a checkered past, is back in the spotlight—if it ever truly went away.
We tapped Blaue Gans sommelier Aldo Sohm, a veteran of a ground-breaking water tasting in his native Austria (tap beat out all the bottled brands), to test the ecofriendly waters.
Take Mom to brunch on Mother’s Day.
Two weeks of Basque lunch buffets.
The cross-generational roommate solution.
Three brokers assess an East 79th Street apartment.
Mets hero Keith Hernandez sells his 49th Street pied-à-terre.
The Culture Pages
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Paul Renner develops the little-known artistic subgenre of comedic gastronomic performance art.
Tom Cruise– centrism limits the potential inventiveness of the Mission: Impossible series, but the latest entry works well regardless.
What influences the actor and Sundance founder.
Q&A with actor-turned-director of Wah-Wah Richard E. Grant.
A casually hilarious performance from Bob Martin highlights an unusually well-written Broadway comedy about the world of musical theater.
The scourge of plagiarism is plaguing all writers. Thanks to Kaavya, everyone’s a suspect.
Two lousy disaster movies and a Stephen King adaptation prove that man-made problems are more horrifying than earthquakes and epidemics.
Kaavya Viswanathan, the ultimate modern plagiarist.
Mother’s Day events that you and Mom might both enjoy.
Three big names arrive just in time for auction season.
Highlights from MoonBean.net Productions’ monthlong festival of classic Shakespeare comedies and one new farce.
Spring means the return of New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project, the extravaganza of new repertoire.
Two eighties giants come to town.
FAO Schwarz wants playful ideas.
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