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December 11, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

His American Dream

Michael Bloomberg is not modest about how popular he is as mayor, and he’s not modest about his post-mayoral ambitions, either: How delusional is it for a New York Jewish mayor to even think about running for president? (Having enough money in your pocket to pay for the whole thing kind of helps.)

Features

If You Lived Here, You’d Be Cool by Now

In New York, the daydream about getting away from it all is rivaled only by the daydream about finding a neighborhood in the pure, protean stages of gentrification. To actually locate such a place before it’s spoiled and overpriced, one must act with the utmost speed. So throw down this magazine, head west, and don’t stop until you see bass players who pay for their spacious apartments by working part-time as baristas.

From the Well-Stuffed Closets of Mrs. Thomas L. Kempner

The legendary Nan Kempner lives on in the mind of the high-society players and aspirants who idolized her—and in her staggeringly large collection of clothes, coming soon to the Met.

Intelligencer

Sex and the City Councilman

$300,000 settlement.

A Very Stylish Appendicitis

Missing Schrager explained.

Unfit to Read: Times Bans Weeklies

Too tempting to steal from.

The Coast of Incarceration

Nearly arrested in Russia.

Rudy’s Way Would Be to Shun Rev. Al

Bloomie embraces and Randy Mastro rolls his eyes.

When in Rome

For VII days, all roads seemed to lead to Rome.

Unlocking the Gridlock

New York has been trying to fix its traffic problems for decades. How those big ideas keep getting stuck behind slow-moving politicians.

Manhattan Beach

A cheat sheet for the celebrity-studded, money-drunk, ever more decadent fifth annual Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.

Mr. Settlement

Sharpton’s “closer,” Sanford Rubenstein, to rep the 50-bullet victims.

Strategist

Everything Guide to Elder Care

From independent living to full-assistance nursing homes, the city’s best residences for the elderly in all price ranges and for all needs. Plus how to get effective home care, and how to pay for it all.

Best Bets

Environmentally safe detergent for fancy jeans and other fashion-friendly laundry products.

Calculus

Service professionals reveal how much everyone else gives them in holiday tips.

Look Book

Pants no one else will wear.

The Restaurant Review

Feminine charms and pretty good food at Cafe Cluny.

In Season

Considered by many to be bait rather than supper, the lowly—but lovely—mackerel garners some respect.

Insatiable Critic

Gordon Ramsay at the London.

Restaurant Openings

Week of December 11, 2006: Rosanjin, Varietal, Dennis Foy, Kobe Club, Gus’s Place, Fireside, and Brooklyn Label.

Sparkler Alert

Rosé was the wine-marketing sensation of the summer, but how does the sparkling version fare for holiday parties?

Convenience Stores

Take a break from the retail tour—without heading out into the sorta-cold weather—at one of these in-store canteens.

Born to Snack

The best part of holiday shopping in the West Village and meatpacking district is the obligatory between-purchases bite.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Eve Lateiner of Zero Maria Cornejo.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Last-Minute Gifts

Twenty-four places to shop in the 24 hours before Christmas.

Real Estate

Is the conversion of Manhattan House a waste of everyone’s time?

The Culture Pages

The Motorcycle Diarist

Frederick Seidel, the world’s most poetically talented playboy.

The Movie Review

A superbly melodramatic Leonardo DiCaprio performance in a superbly formulaic film.

Trailer Mix

Our reviews of this week's previews.

The Theater Review

John Doyle revives Company in harrowing Sweeney Todd style; Julianne Moore is the ultimate example of how tough it is to go from screen to stage.

The Music Review

Clipse and Ghostface solve the problem of rapping about selling crack so well you don’t have time to sell crack.

Jukebox

The bumper crop of kid-friendly albums.

The TV Review

HBO’s convincingly cynical big-picture look at the tsunami’s aftermath.

The Approval Matrix

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

Columns

The City Politic

Eliot Spitzer takes a running start toward the Albany tar pit.

The Week

LAB’s Labors

Highlights from the LAByrinth Theater Company’s Barn Series Festival, which presents readings of plays that are still in developmental stages.

Alternatives to Art Basel Miami

Chelsea’s a lot closer, and at least three participating artists have shows in town.

Classical Kitsch

In a serious-minded genre, a little whimsy never hurts.

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

Annie star thinks about tomorrow, and sleep.

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