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February 10, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Absolut New York

For many of us, drinking is a key to the city, a thrilling—sometimes dizzying—romance that gives shape to our New York nights the way our jobs do to our days. It also, for many of us, gives rise to those morning-after questions: What did I say? Where’s the Alka-Seltzer? Is there something wrong with the way I drink? One writer’s search for liquid balance.


Bar Crawl

We drank our way through swank bars, neighborhood dives, live-rock venues, and meccas for the do-it-yourself D.J. to bring you this clear-eyed (yeah, right) guide to 50 great New York City bars. PLUS: The best bar noshes.

Mad About the Boy

A jazz-club veteran who still can’t score a drink on a working night, 19-year-old Peter Cincotti is poised to make the leap from connoisseur’s secret to stardom. Did someone whisper Harry Connick Jr.?



Madonna, Chelsea Clinton, Mario Buatta, and more.


Best Bets

The Met’s Color Magic watch, Pet Ped socks, and a new collection of baby bibs

Sales & Bargains

Ski coats—for the city or the slopes


Fashion Statements

Stop the presses! Two dailies get ready to duke it out during Fashion Week.

Hit Record

The White Stripes' red-hot vinyl LP (only 500 copies!) has the music industry in a frenzy.

Let-It-All Hangout

They're taking off at Idlewild, with nary a jet in sight.

Novel Approach

"All we really want to do is write!" proclaim these editors-in-chief.


Bi For Now

Naked City: The newly straight woman: double the pleasure or two-time loser?


Book Review

Ann Godoff gets sacked at Random House, and publishing purists cry out in horror. But the high-minded book business lost its pulse long ago.

Swag and Swagger

At Sundance, product placement is everything—especially when the product is stars


Masterpiece Theater

Lost in La Mancha has a high time with a filmmaking fiasco; The Recruit sinks in its own mediocrity.

Eastern Standard

East beats West in Shanghai Moon; Barry Edelstein delivers a far-fetched staging of The Winter’s Tale.

Perfect Philharmony

The Israel and New York Philharmonics join forces in a propulsive concert.

Freedom Over Me

In Unchained Memories, a stellar cast brings the voices of slavery to life

Pyrrhic Victory

Without its guiding spirit, Martha Graham’s fabled company falters.

'21' Pickup

Upstairs at ‘21’ delivers opulence—at the expense of authenticity.

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