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March 22, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Best of New York 2004

One of the things that makes this city so great—and so vibrant, and so frustrating—is its compulsion to re-create itself overnight. Pawnshops become florists that become A-list nightclubs with lines around the block—and even the most plugged-in New Yorker can have trouble keeping up. With our annual “Best of New York” issue, we make the selections so you won’t have to. Plus, in the interest of balance, some of the most overrated, as well.

Eating: From the perfect prix fixe dinner at 360 to Daisy May’s Chili Cart’s soul-satisfying street food

Buying: Searching for cheap Prada bags? Avant-garde gadgets? The cutest doggy sweater?

Nights: Drinks both cheap and swank, dancing, and, yes, smoking: top nocturnal choices in the city that never sleeps

Play: Movieoke, video games, and all manner of classes for adults and kids, from beat-matching to knitting

Vanity: Rock your body: flawless pedicures, hard-core Pilates, and yoga for your children

Help: From spot removal to nude portraiture

Plus, Read the text from the magazine's cover.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Naomi Wolf, Harold Bloom and sexual misconduct at Yale.

Smart City

Sales & Bargains

Rafe knockoffs (by Rafe)

Plus: This week's sale listings


Planning the perfect trip to Paris this spring


Intelligencer Gossip

Richard Ford, Colson Whitehead, Martha Stewart Jurors, Donald Trump, Allen Grubman, Michael Ault

Remembering Spalding Gray

After the discovery of his body, Spalding Gray’s wife talks about what she’ll miss most—and how she had already begun to say good-bye.

Big Girls Don't Cry

Out at Covent Garden, heading for Carnegie Hall.

Booked Club

What really takes place after hours? A close reading of the Sound Factory indictment.

Sign Language

A Brooklyn band gets some very writerly lyrics.

Admission: Impossible

Getting twins into the same school is twice the trouble.

Leaving Home

Who else could run Martha Stewart, Inc.?

Child Support

Rory Kennedy’s new documentary follows a young boy in trouble—a subject the filmmaker finds particularly agonizing now that she’s a mother.


Class Action

It wasn’t just nepotism that brought down Joel Klein’s deputy, Diana Lam. It was her willingness to make big changes—and bigger enemies.

The Culture Business

Howard Stern, voice of liberalism? How Clear Channel radicalized a raunchmeister.


Did former Ladies’ Home Journal editor Myrna Blyth leave her sisters twisted?

Naked City

When the guy you love has paid for love in the past

Real Estate

An unassuming Williamsburg site goes for megabucks—what’s next?



In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, love fades out, fades in; Dogville merely scrapes by


The Whitney Biennial ditches the gimmicks and finally gets the balance right


Karole Armitage spices up the Cunningham technique; Paul Taylor impresses but fails to innovate


Small Tragedy and Wintertime are crushed by their own excess

Classical Music

Sweeney Todd kills at City Opera; Don Giovanni’s trio of women shine at the Met


HBO serves up a tour of the wild, wild West


Aquavit’s masterful Marcus Samuelsson hits an off note with awkward Asian fusion at Riingo

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's openings include BLVD and Picnic. Coming soon: Marc Murphy at Landmarc. Plus Gael discovers Dumont, another good reason to visit Brooklyn.

21 Grams on DVD

21 Grams, Shattered Glass, The Magdalene Sisters and more are new on DVD.

Top 5 New Directors/New Films Festival Films

The New Directors/New Films Festival, which previewed Raising Victor Vargas and My Architect last year, returns.

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