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May 14, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The Number-One Girl

Unraveling the mixture of strategic thinking and reflexive cruelty that triggered the most heated rivalry of the faux-socialite decade—and pulling back the curtain on the bumbling, glitz-obsessed duo who have fessed up to fanning the flames.  



The Panhandler’s Payday

How 189th Street’s most pioneering hustler made a small fortune off his own misery, got some new shoes, and became familiar with a distinctly un–South Bronx–like form of ennui.

The Title of This Photograph Is Marilyn Monroe, Actress, New York City, May 6, 1957

For its 50th anniversary, Richard Avedon’s famous Monroe portrait receives radical reinterpretations by six artists.


Wild Style With Peter Vallone Jr.

Ambitious pol’s Ahab-like anti-graffiti campaign.

Reject Dresses Hearst

T-shirts inspire band All-American Rejects.

Sotheby’s Paddles Auction Regulars

Auction house invites "active clients" only.

SacCondo! Buy a Bungalow or 8

Bungalow 8 proprietor moves into new condo in financial district.

Green Home for Brownstone Eatery

Aureole moves to One Bryant Park.

Doggy Liberation Limited to Uptown Only

Owners in downtown parks ticketed.

It Happened Last Week

There was something inspiring in New Jersey governor Jon Corzine’s insouciance last week.

Meet the Mogul

The Putin pal who just bought the old New York Times Building.

Stage Rage

Slick new venues slug it out for control of the city’s rock consumption.

Learnin’ on a Prayer

Getting religion to get into pre-k.

Pop Yankers

The mystery of the priced-to-sell Keith Haring bathroom tiles.


The Power Grid

For all its flaws, Rupert Murdoch’s profit-driven approach is the best way to keep the Wall Street Journal’s hallowed traditions alive.


Best Bets

A city-friendly bicycle and other Mother’s Day gifts that’ll last longer than flowers.

Shop News

New store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Sam Buffa of Freemans Sporting Club.

Look Book

An advocate of age-appropriate tailoring.

The Everything Guide to Moviegoing

A thorough investigation of movie theaters and movie-theater-related issues: the best five spots to see a blockbuster, a box-candy taste-off, and more.

Restaurant Review

Neighborhood Belgian joint Resto serves the best beer-friendly dishes in town.

In Season

Despite what the calendar says, it isn’t truly spring until the first ramp makes its odoriferous Greenmarket debut.

Insatiable Critic

Landmarc's vast, stylish, upscale lunchroom in its fuzzy infancy is already a lure for shoppers and hungry cooks.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 14, 2007: Spirito Ristorante, Perilla, Casellula Cheese & Wine Café, and Sandro’s.

Real Estate

Which “green buildings” are actually saving the Earth?

The Culture Pages

Code Red

The pros and cons of a less agitated Don DeLillo.

What to Read

A guide to the DeLillo catalogue.

Leo Lerman’s Lost World

Inside a legendarily literary townhouse.

The Movie Review

The return of politically incendiary zombie madness!!!

The DVD Filter

New releases on DVD.

What Makes Julia Loktev, the Director of a New Movie About a Female Suicide Bomber, Tick?

The director of Day Night Day Night on not turning her latest movie into a morality tale.

The Theater Review

Why Legally Blonde lacks for Reese Witherspoon and the LoveMusik score lacks for much of anything else.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting (Tony) Expectations!

Tony season is under way.

The Art Review

Rirkrit Tiravanija knows the way to the gallery-hopper’s heart is through his mouth.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 14, 2007

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

The Week

Quite a Bit Country

Bluegrass on 57th Street.

The Upper Crusts

Keri Russell may get top billing in Waitress, but pie steals the show. Where to go for a slice after the movie.

May Days

Fill the longer days with Slow Food and good causes.

Vox Populi

City Opera’s VOX 2007 festival celebrates some of the most innovative American opera composers today.

Plays by the Pope

No joke: The Storm Theatre’s monthlong festival stages the dramatic work of Karol Wojtyla, a.k.a. John Paul II.


May 14, 2007

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