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September 8, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Best of Fall

It was a long, wet (not to say dark) summer, but fall looks bright—even hot—for arts and entertainment. Our sneak preview.

Halle Berry goes mental, Uma goes martial, and Gwyneth channels Sylvia Plath

Hugh Jackman does Oz, Taboo crosses the Atlantic, and Little Shop of Horrors returns

Tom Valenti goes Italian, Robert Pearson takes barbecue uptown, and Gray Kunz and Jean-Georges blend their inventive talents

The Met salutes El Greco, Rosenquist takes the Guggenheim, and the ICP holds its first triennial

The Rapture goes major, Courtney Love flies (scarily) solo, and Iggy reunites with the Stooges

Merce teams up with Radiohead, Lang Lang takes the stage, and Carnegie Hall goes underground

Jhumpa Lahiri goes long, Jonathan Lethem revisits Brooklyn, and Martin Amis takes on his critics

Coupling is the new (sexier) Friends, Whoopi hits the Bowery, and Paris Hilton moves to Arkansas

Isaac Mizrahi targets high and low, Facconable frenchifies Fifth Avenue



Readers sound off on our picks for the sexiest New Yorkers and more.

Smart City

Best of New York

Trendy rugs that will pass the test of time

Best Bets

Cool pillows, nifty candles, and camera-binoculars for kids

Shop Talk

Adam Rosenberg's closet-sized new shop is a world of opportunity for mid-century-furniture lovers.

New York Shops

Fall's best new sneakers hit the street

Sales & Bargains

Half-off gems, Judaica, and Jiwon Park fashion

Deal of the Week

Avon's new makeup line is right on the Mark

Ask New York

Where can I take a crash course in Spanish?


Intelligencer Column

Advantage, Sampras...Si Newhouse and Isabella Rossellini join forces...Julianne Moore's wedding night

Big Question

If the Nets actually move to Brooklyn, should they change their name?

Generosa's Legacy

Danny took her ashes to a bar. Now does he want the kids?

Painting for His Supper

A Warholian street artist stokes celeb chef's egos.

You Can Find Them In Da Club?!?

From Hebrew homies to homo thugs, meet the new wave of novelty rappers.

New York Minute

Amy Gray went from publishing drone to private eye—a career move that just so happened to lend itself to a book of her own.


This Media Life

Could Rupert Murdoch take down the BBC?

The Download

With American Idol, reality TV is remaking not only TV but also the music business


What did the blackout teach us? That nightlife in this city needs more freedom—not more rules.

Naked City

Smackdown: female body builders and the men who love (or at least obsess over) them



Ronald Harwood’s exploration of art-vs.-politics in Nazi Germany substitutes evenhandedness for intrigue


Masterly Mexican-fusion empanadas and coma-inducing cocktails at Sue Torres’s Sueños

Pop Music

The Neptunes recycle old studio tricks on their debut album, Clones

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews And Starring Poncho Villa As Himself, Showgirls: Glitz & Angst, and more

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

The roving chef Gary Robins gets new digs at the Biltmore Hotel; an ex-bartender serves up a different kind of drink; and Leshko's loses the pierogis and goes pan-Latino.

Top Five

Movie Picks

Our top picks from the Film Society's Latin Beat 2003

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