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October 14, 2002 Issue

Cover Story

French Connection

With Balthazar and Pastis, restaurateur Keith McNally set new standards for relaxed French ambience. But his newly renovated townhouse in the Village, featuring -- of course -- a vast, informal kitchen and flea-market finds from Paris to Montpelier, is his pièce de résistance.

Home Design 2002

East Meets West

Product designer Michael Aram's downtown duplex offers a thrilling fusion of sleek modernism and Indian flourish, orchestrated by architect sisters Hariri & Hariri.

Let There Be Light

A 1904 milk warehouse turned church in Boerum Hill is the setting for an architect couple's improvisation with natural light, exposed wood, and Op Art color (and two young children).

All in the Details

Wake up your living space by adding stylish, statement-making accessories from brilliantly colored lamps and glassware to bold pillows and linens.

100 Best Architects and Decorators

Whether your taste runs to stark minimalism or sixties flamboyance, the secret to a great apartment can be the right design talent. New York comes to your aid with a list of the city's top interior designers, their signature styles, and some of their better-known clients. Plus: Design Research: Finding the right interior decorator requires legwork (and manners).


Word Painter

Frederic Tuten, with an illustrious roster of writer friends and former students (Walter Mosley, Oscar Hijuelos), is a writer's writer. With a salon full of art-world friends (Ross Bleckner, David Salle), he's an artist's writer. With The Green Hour, his new high-art love story, his work may be seen on a broader canvas.

Ladies' Choice

Arnold Scaasi's new show at FIT only goes to show what the grande dames he's dressed (from Barbara Bush to Barbra Streisand) have known for decades. As one designer says, "He's earned his divahood."



Ed Norton, Tyra Banks, Pete Sampras, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Britney Spears, and more . . .


Born to Run

Bob Torricelli was a classic career politician -- in both the good and the greedy sense.

Family Matters

Amid l'affaire McCall, New Yorkers sound off on the ethics -- and etiquette -- of nepotism.

Giving In to the Lash Temptation

The new film Secretary provokes strong reactions from New York women.

Snack-man Fever

Delicious -- and attractive -- Japanese snack-foods.

Books Smart

Post-Tina, Talk survivor Jonathan Burnham keeps synergy alive.

Online at the Grocer's

Can Deliver?

I'm Right You're Wrong

As ethics charges and countercharges fly, Ed pauses to savor a bittersweet triumph.


This Media Life

Regime change at Disney? Don't bet on it. Why Michael Eisner may be tougher to displace than Saddam Hussein.

The Bottom Line

How can the Democrats triumph in November and beyond? It's the economy -- and Wall Street -- stupids.

Sales & Bargains

Fabulous flats for the fall


Body boot camp in Brazil; discount dining in the Hamptons



Paul Thomas Anderson delivers another batch of indecipherable whimsy with Punch-Drunk Love


Stellar actors steal the show but can't save My Old Lady; Little Ham is too simple-minded for success

Classical Music

Reigning over the Met's (mostly) impressive new season, Plácido Domingo proves he's never been better

John Leonard's TV Notes

John Leonard reviews Tall Blondes, Bang Bang You're Dead, Gleason, and more . . .

Pop Music

Beck has bitten off more than he can chew with Sea Change; inspired oddities from Röyksopp veer off the beaten path


Melissa O'Donnell serves up fine fare with a feminine flair at Salt

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