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Robert Kolker

March 5, 2007 | Features
The Gay Flannel Suit

A young lawyer barely out of the closet. A partner’s slur. A $15 million lawsuit. Aaron Charney’s career-destroying search for justice.

January 22, 2007 | Features
No Way Out

Fighting a tenement blaze on a freezing January day now called Black Sunday, two firemen were killed and four were forced to jump out the window in a tragedy everybody thinks could have been prevented. Two years later, the survivors talk for the first time about what happened in that building and why the rage and guilt they feel have only gotten worse.

December 25, 2006 |
Because Michael Reilly Was Looking Out for Us

“I know it meant a lot to him to help people,” says Monica, “to protect his country and do the right thing at home. He knew the risks. He was happy. He had his whole life laid out. He knew what he wanted. He wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

December 25, 2006 |
Because We Go On

When it’s done, in 2011, the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower will, of course, be nothing like the tower of our once-lofty architectural dreams. But maybe that matters less than we thought.

October 30, 2006
Take the Hedge-Fund Money and Run

He built an $80 million investment business, scammed friends, family, and a 9/11 widow out of a fortune, then walked out of his life.

August 14, 2006 | Intelligencer
Accused Pedophile Rabbi Still Go-Carting

Many boys nearby.

July 17, 2006 | Features
Nine Blocks From Home

Lifted out of working-class Brooklyn and propelled to Brearley, Wesleyan, Credit Suisse, and Condé Nast, Tiesha Sargeant was supposed to be a model of progressive social mobility. So how did she wind up back in her old neighborhood with a fatal gunshot wound to the head?

May 22, 2006 | Features
On the Rabbi's Knee

Do the Orthodox Jews have a Catholic-priest problem?

May 1, 2006 | Features
A Is for Apple, B Is for Brawl

Why New York’s Reading Wars are so contentious.

February 20, 2006
How Is a Hedge Fund Like a School?

Hedge-fund guru Joel Greenblatt applied Wall Street principles—and $1,000 per student—to turn around a struggling Queens elementary school. And it worked, spectacularly.