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August 7, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

The Ultimate Underground Gourmet

Eat deliciously, spend spendthriftly: the ultimate version of our annual guide to the city’s finest sources of cheap food, ranked in order from one (Bay Ridge Middle Eastern) to 101 (Eighth Street hot dogs), with plenty of burgers, seviche, dumplings, and truffled-egg toast in between.


Joe Lieberman’s War

Once an up-and-coming Democratic star, Joe Lieberman is now fighting off an insurgency that threatens to upend his political life. On the campaign trail with a senator finding out for the first time who his real friends are.

The Fall of the House of Bartha

Dr. Nicholas Bartha, who spent part of his childhood in Romania riding out pogroms in a cave, decided that a townhouse on East 62nd Street would be the perfect place for his immigrant’s success story to culminate. How wrong he turned out to be.


Is De Niro Selling Nobu?

Check, please.

The Sweet Smell of Simmons

Russell goes to the mat for God’s being sexy, mainstream.

Don’t Dis Spitzer’s Family

Or he gets spittin’ mad.

Lobster Van Susteren, Anyone?

Fox News anchor to tend bar.

The Happiest Gal in the Courtroom

Enron-trial love connection.

Do the Math

In a week when the temperature hit 100, the numbers didn’t always add up.

Last Call for the Town Car

If the Lincoln Town Car drives off into the sunset, how will Graydon Carter get home at night?

Ancestor-Worship Chic

Do cramped New Yorkers want the spirits of their departed forebears as roommates?

Life Before Wartime

Beirut as a case study in the fragility of cosmopolitanism.

Over There

A random poll of 100 passersby about the Lebanon-Israel conflict, taken on one of the most diverse streets in the city.


Best Bets

A therapist to cure your kid’s swimming-pool phobia, leather flyswatters, and more.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Dimitri Gatanas of Dimitri’s Garden Center.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Look Book

A personal shopper who gave up on name-brand designers.


A mother questions the limits of baby-centric urban society.


Where to get early-morning pampering.

Real Estate

Expensive condos reach out to the toddler demographic.

Movers and Shakers

Two popular downtown restaurants have moved into larger spaces, which improves your chances of getting in the door.

Shore Meals

You don’t need to be at the beach to eat that way. Here’s how a few local restaurants compensate.

The Culture Pages

Steve Carell’s Smokin’!

Steve Carell gets all Hollywoody.

The Movie Review

Being supercool is surprisingly complicated for Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx in the excellent Miami Vice.

Overheard: What the Audience Really Thought About 'Pirates' Part Two

From various cinemas, Manhattan.

I Want My A.D.D.

What 25 years of MTV hath wrought.

The Art Review

The tiny but effective portraits of Jean-Étienne Liotard.

The $135 Million Question

Is the Neue Galerie’s new Klimt worth all that gold?


Rock legends from Springsteen to Morrissey get the “Jukebox” treatment.

The Theater Review

Nilaja Sun’s funny and jarring play about high school in the Bronx.

The Classical Review

Grendel is a better monster than an opera.

The Approval Matrix

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


The Imperial City

The politicians and talking heads backing Israel are coming to the right conclusion in the worst possible way.

The Power Grid

Is Mark Cuban the next Ted Turner?

The Week

Take a Seat

Our picks from HERE Arts Center’s American Living Room Festival of new work by emerging playwrights and directors.


Highlights from the annual Celebration of Queer Culture at Dixon Place.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Most of the time, opera is a strictly no-food-and-drink affair. Not this week.

An Hour in Chelsea

Three solo shows—big work by big names—to distract you from the heat.

Bugging Out in Queens

The New York Hall of Science goes CSI.


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