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May 12, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

The Budget Crisis

A cross-section of New Yorkers—from union leaders to theater owners, real-estate brokers to restaurateurs—offer their proposals for balancing the budget


Best of New York

It's customary to say that picking the winners was no easy task. But that wouldn't be entirely truthful. In fact, exploring the city to search out the best it has to offer is not a job, but a pleasure. Now it's your turn.

Food All things culinary, from the most avant-garde sushi to the most retro meatloaf.

Shopping The cool computer emporium, the hippest sneaker haunt, and everything in between.

Nightlife Where to dance, drink, club, cruise, and—yes, it’s still possible!—have a smoke.

Fun & Games Live and learn: tango lessons, cooking classes, comedy workshops, kids’ crafts.

Health & Beauty Our picks for getting tanned, toned, and treated like royalty (you deserve it).

Services From carpet cleaners to closet organizers to “canine concierges”.



Gisele Bündchen, Tara Reid, Derek Jeter, and much more!


Best Bets

Chanel digital watches, silver “image cases,” and new, improved Aerosoles

Sales & Bargains

Fashion-friendly flip-flops


Hit the green at Colorado’s golf spots


Smoke Out

By sanitizing the air in bars, has Bloomberg created a new quality-of-life problem on the sidewalks? Just wait till July.

Window Shopping

Spare a quarter? A vending machine that sells Sigerson Morrison shoes, not Snickers.

Talk Show

On her TV debut, Tina Brown makes flattery v. hot.



How to keep New York City from becoming the next Toronto

Naked City

Private-school girls on sexual giving and getting



In Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, this time the man’s the victim


The late Roone Arledge changed a lot more about TV than just football


Bernadette Peters recalls Ethel Merman in a great Gypsy revival; April enchants


Fashionable Whistler at the Frick

Classical Music

Jonathan Miller’s Così Fan Tutte sacrifices weight for wit


An exuberant adaptation of White Teeth


Flashy décor and decent fare at Yujin; Rocco DiSpirito rescues Tuscan Steak

Top 5

Brooklyn Vegetarian Restaurants

These days, Brooklyn is the borough of choice for artists and other progressive types—hence the minor boom in good veggie food in the country of Kings.

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