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May 22, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

The Breaking of Michael Arad

Two years ago, a panel selected Michael Arad’s design as the 9/11 memorial—and that was just about the last time anyone involved in the process agreed on anything. Inside the political warfare and backstabbing that have kept ground zero barren and turned an idealistic young architect into an outcast.


On the Rabbi's Knee

David Framowitz says that Orthodox authorities in Brooklyn, desperate to maintain social order, ignored evidence that he—and many others—were sexually abused by a teacher. After years of Catholic-priest scandals, it’s a story that’s all too easy to believe.

The Baghdad Press Club

The danger of war reporting is typically part of its ruggedly glamorous appeal. But in this conflict, the correspondents are targets living in constant fear, and the Iraq we are left to understand is shrouded in shadows.


Pink Eye For the Tribeca Guys?

De Niro, Rosenthal kick the Observer’s tires.

Could It Really Be ‘Time’ for Tina

Well, no, but Huey continues to search. . .

Elliman-Corcoran Broker War

Opens new Hamptons front.

You Gotta Fight! For Your Right!

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, has traded his usual two turntables and a microphone for haiku.

Joltin’ Joe’s Bargain Basement

Want his mandolin?

Bob Kerrey, Cockblocker

And proud of it.

It Happened Last Week

A week chockablock with wrong turns.


Sometimes Grandpa�s just gotta sing. In a park. In Queens. For senior-center glory.

Galas Galore!

A social calendar of this season�s most over-the-top fund-raisers.

Can You Sue a Kid Smart?

Fighting to keep the children above average on the Upper West Side.

Cold-Medicine Cops

Coughy, achy, stuffy head, fever? Uncle Sam wants to know.


Best Bets

Masa-endorsed megaknives, a coaster that helps refreshing beverages retain their refreshingness, and more.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Madeleine Alder-Cossitt of Opening Ceremony.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Great Kitchens Special

Four inspired solutions to the perennial New York problem of too many kitchen fantasies, not enough kitchen space; comprehensive advice on buying and using the pillars of contemporary food consumption—refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher.

Look Book

A Goth dog-walker.

The Restaurant Review

One French bistro that deserves an enthusiastic welcome on the Upper East Side, and another in the meatpacking district that’s superfluous.

In Season

Watercress salad recipe from Compass's chef.

Insatiable Critic Gael Greene

With Linda Japngie, its fourth chef in just eighteen months, in situ, the quirky little bistro Barmarché picks up the quickening pulse of this neighborhood just east of Soho.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Pies-N-Thighs, The Little Owl, and Fairway.

The Subtle Knife

With popularity comes proliferation. We enlisted chef Masayoshi “Masa” Takayama to evaluate the best of the expanding Santoku breed.

Just a Taste

Bathing-suit season be damned: Three food festivals bring out their calorific wares, all on the same weekend.

Starving Art-Lovers

This weekend, over 100 artists open their studios in Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Bedford-Stuyvesant as part of the annual SONYA (South of the Navy Yard Artists) Studio Stroll. Since it’s self-guided, you can stop for a snack along the route.


The comeback of the sponge.

Real Estate

Swimming pools, the ultimate New York perk.


Is Helen Hunt mad about Manhattan again?

The Open-House Log

What apartment-shoppers at a West 103rd Street open house thought about Apartment 5E.

The Culture Pages

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 15, 2006

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

The Park Slope Code

Paul Bettany, albino assassin and practitioner of the Brooklyn-style good life.

The Movie Review

Wolfgang Petersen is way too intense to direct cheesy disaster movies.

Who Says Evil Albinos Are Such Bad Role Models?

The Da Vinci Code not only marks the big-screen return of mullets but also of an age-old Hollywood stereotype, the evil albino—much to the ire of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH).

Tribeca Jury Duty

Festival-judging with Moby.

The Theater Review

Disney’s Tarzan musical is a technically amazing bore.

Brían F. O’Byrne and the non-luck of the Irish

Brían F. O’Byrne’s star turn as a Dublin therapist.

Zen, Lawsuits, and Poetry

Leonard Cohen maintains his serenity amid chaos and lawsuits.

You Too Can Be a Celebrity Journalist!

Jancee Dunn, grand wizard of the celebrity profile and all-around nice Jersey girl, reveals the secrets to making any star open up in her new memoir, But Enough About Me.

A Stunt Explained

The response to my essay on plagiarism last week (“Where Have I Read That Before?”) was swift, so here goes: Yes, it is plagiarized. Ninety- nine percent of it.

By Our Contributors

How are you supposed to cultivate sources like Alec without doing something slightly unethical?” Kate Simon asks herself in Deborah Schoeneman’s first novel, 4% Famous.

The TV Review

A profile of an Iraqi hospital damns the war in the most objective way possible.

We Asked, They Told

A poll of 100 gay men on the end of Will & Grace.

The Art Review

The short and singular career of sculptor Eva Hesse.

The Classical Review

Audra McDonald is Streisand without the baggage.

Deep Baritone: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

A Q&A with the hunky opera singer.

The Week

Fountain of Youth

The most promising picks from the Young Playwrights Festival, a three-week showcase of award-winning work by writers 18 and under.

An Afternoon in Long Island City

New exhibitions at two museums and an outdoor sculpture park.

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Two revered writers give rare public readings.

First Steps

American Ballet Theater’s spring season opens this week—with the usual roster of dancers we can’t take our eyes off.

But What They Really Want to Do Is . . .

The best way to stalk your favorite (or least-favorite) actor is to go hear his band.

A Young Person’s Guide to the Chamber Orchestra

Park Slope church fills with kid-friendly sound.


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