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December 17, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The 2007 Culture Awards

Our critics analyze their favorite artistic phenomena of '07: Ratatouille, Edwidge Danticat, the LES gallery boom, The Host, Michael Chabon, Black Watch, Pygmalion, Gustavo Dudamel, the revival of the Whitney, and more.

Features

The Fantasist

Accused of paying underage girls for sex, money manager Jeffrey Epstein is finding that living in a dream world is dangerous—even if you can pay for it.

Down and Out and ... Up and In on the Bowery

From the Whitehouse Hotel to the door of the Bowery Hotel is only 35 steps for a reporter—but a giant leap into the rebranded, denatured future of America’s greatest skid row.

Intelligencer

Party Hacks Still Wait for Career Day

Spitzer’s distaste for patronage has left Pataki’s people in place.

Gagosian A-Go-Go to China

Woo Yue, too?

Brit Lotion Promises to Freeze Your Face

Botox without the prick?

French Hedwig a Real Woman

No inch to be angry.

Demon Barber of Broadway

Not good enough for Burton.

Rob Thomas’s Dignity Up in Smoke

Has his heroes.

Weathered

As freak 40-mile-per-hour gusts came to town last week, some New Yorkers wondered which way the winds were blowing.

Dog vs. Bear

Release the hounds! A new weapon in the battle to keep New Jersey exurbs bear-free.

The Return of Art on Sunday

What self-respecting high-end boutique would be closed half the weekend?

Divorce, Park Avenue Style

The girls are all right in the latest bunch of society breakups.

Madge, When She Nags

What are Madonna and Guy really like?

Beached

The Coney Island exile of a scholar who would be Noam Chomsky, but isn’t.

Tannenbaum Bummer

Why are trees so expensive this year?

Columns

Mr. Perfect’s Slip

Mitt Romney did everything right to win the Republican nomination—so why is he drifting?

Strategist

Heat Sources

Seen the weather report? Stock up and hunker down.

Neon: A Brief History

A few scientists run an electric current through a sealed glass tube, and the next thing you know, the Pepsi-Cola sign is lighting up the East River.

Look Book

"I like things not too funky, but not too ordinary, like you can wear it every day, but still it is something fabulous."

Restaurant Review

Irving Mill borrows heavily from Danny Meyer, but in the end, it’s no Gramercy Tavern.

In Season Recipe

For many, there are few kitchen chores as dreaded as extracting the seeds from a pomegranate.

Insatiable Critic

In no time at all, East Villagers have discovered the Smith with its good, honest el cheapo grub.

Restaurant Openings

Week of December 17, 2007: Dovetail, Urban Rustic, and Giano.

You Can Take the Deli Out of Second Avenue

The heir to New York’s matzo-ball throne woos a new generation.

The Floor-Space Fallacy

In a transaction rife with truth-stretching, real square footage is an elusive number.

Culture

The Theater Review

August: Osage County is what O’Neill would be writing in 2007; The Farnsworth Invention is all surface and patter, but what a surface and what patter!

The Movie Review

If there had to be a last man on Earth, Will Smith would be a good candidate.

Agenda

A Wrinkle in Memory

92nd St. Y celebrates L’Engle.

Think Chocolate

Brace yourself for winter with a warm, sweet shot.

Departments

Comments: December 17, 2007

Readers sound off on Dan Rather, school overcrowding, and more.

Artifact: The $100,000 Slide

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.

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