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December 1, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Rap Attack

When 50 Cent and Ja Rule were growing up in southeast Queens, the role models were violent drug kings like Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and Howard “Pappy” Mason. Now that they’re at the top of the hip-hop heap, they’re showing what they learned. The rap world is at war. Vicious rhymes—and sometimes bullets—are flying. Is this any way to sell records?


A Double Life

Society travel agent Philip Roome’s suicide in September stunned the Palm Beach–New York jet set—no one more so than his wife, Liza Pulitzer. Or rather, she thought she was his wife: Hours after his death, she discovered that Roome, who liked to keep everyone happy, had never divorced his first wife. Then something even stranger happened—the two wives became friends.

The Art of the Deal

Five hot galleries that are taking art out of whitewashed Chelsea and creating a new Establishment in far-flung places.

Hemmer Time

CNN anchor and chick magnet Bill Hemmer’s life is going grrreat. So why would he rather be in Baghdad?



Readers sound off on John Leonard's review of The West Wing and more.

Smart City

Best of New York

Toga Bike Shop: where the pros go

Best Bets

A wine-tasting kit, the Richard Meier champagne case, and an iPod-compatible backpack

Shop Talk

Tiffany & Co. unveils its latest exquisite setting.

Test Drive

High tea at the best midtown hotels

Sales & Bargains

Deal of the Week: Cheap, cheery dessert bowls

Plus, this week's Sale Listings


A blissful new pool in the Time Warner Center, Completely Bare at Barneys, and cool new candles

Ask New York

A furniture fixer who makes house calls


Intelligencer Column

Michael Jackson's tell-all...Trumps leaving Trump building...Uma bounces back

Let's Review

The Times is looking for a new Book Review editor. Would you want the job? What would you change?

Star Crossed

Putting a Nicole or Melanie on Broadway was once a sure bet. This season, it’s curtains.

Primary Color

Which Democratic candidate is the most fun to eat soul food—or matzo—with? A new book tells all.

Tread Thrill?

A new sneaker promises to reduce cellulite by making you walk like your “barefoot ancestors.”

Window Feat

Relax. Enjoy the view. Ignore Trump’s taunting.

Hello, Bello!

Post-ER, Maria Bello has finally found her breakout role—with a little help from William H. Macy.


This Media Life

They’re baaaaaack. Web survivors—and their offspring—are suddenly looking like real businesses

The Culture Business

Some of the eight winning proposals for the memorial at the WTC site are truly inspired

The Download

Thanks to the suddenly ubiquitous cameraphone, everyone is now on candid camera. And privacy is looking so twentieth-century.

Naked City

Keeping the faith (even when 40 is just around the corner)



The astonishingly imaginative Triplets of Belleville; Ron Howard delivers a standard-issue Western


Henry IV at Lincoln Center; Raúl Esparza steals Taboo

Classical Music

Ich bin ein Berliner: Sir Simon Rattle rules Carnegie Hall


A Whitney exhibit spotlights the Hungry I—Lucas Samaras


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings the miracle of Rain to BAM


Media luminaries on the deaths of colleagues covering war


Inspired fusion gives Sumile its kick

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Craft alumnus Marco Canora keeps the faith...a winter mojito makeover...two new cookbooks celebrate bread

Top Five

Ways to Commemorate World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, New York remembers—and keeps fighting.

Holiday Shows

Naughty and Nice: Circus Clowns, Jazz Singers, Dancing Girls . . .

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