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April 26, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

The Boiling Point

As the second season of Rocco DiSpirito’s NBC reality show The Restaurant debuts, the reality itself is looking grim, with financier Jeffrey Chodorow and chef DiSpirito hurling invectives and legal papers at one another. But is this food fight all part of producer Mark Burnett’s plan? Unraveling the spaghetti strands.


Peyser, Scowling

For powerful New Yorkers caught in scandal, the New York Post’s Andrea Peyser adds insult to injury, seeming to reserve her bitterest vitriol for women (Hillary, Martha) who she believes have abused their power. She’s the tabloid’s Madame Defarge. But what makes her so angry?

The Solve-Every-Problem Travel Planner

There are a million reasons to go on vacation. Because you just got your bonus. Because you can’t get a job. Because you’re in love. Because you got dumped. Every life situation presents a different travel opportunity. Here are 25 of them, ranging from the wilds of Botswana to the wilds of Manhattan, with Laos, Santorini, Seattle, Madrid, Paris, and other custom-fit destinations in between.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the Second Avenue subway, the NYU suicides and sexless marriages.

Smart City

What Makes Sammy Sublet?

One man’s solution to the city’s escalating rents: Go homeless

Best Bets

Chanel tennis gear, Dr. Scholl’s by Donna Karan, and KleinReid porcelain objets

Ask New York

My kids are going to sleepaway camp this summer, and I’m dreading the thought of packing their trunks and remembering everything they’ll need. Is there anyone who can do it for me?

Sales & Bargains

A cheap, chic dog carrier

Plus: This week's sale listings

Shop Talk

Ralph Lauren makes Bleecker safe for boys, too.

Test Drive

Crunching into the city’s freshest salad bars


Intelligencer Gossip

Giorgio Armani, Condoleeza Rice, Philip Taubman, Andre Balazs, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Eisner and more.

Big Question

How should Clinton title his memoirs?

Tough Call

One man got shot rather than hand over his Nokia, suggesting that New Yorkers may be a little too attached to their cell phones.

Architect Digest

Frank Gehry’s New York plans—built and scrapped.

Deaniacs, Take Two

Dean may have lost, but mayoral candidates hope to emulate his online success.

Wheels of Fortune

A defective line of Maclaren strollers is a boon for one very busy repairman.

Grand Salon

A hairstylist’s death leaves a battle for his business.

Blogs Over Baghdad

A new set of Iraqi bloggers on the ongoing war.



Urban renewal is back, thanks to the freer use of eminent domain


Behind the lines of the Wall Street Journal’s reluctant contract strike

Naked City

It isn’t easy being a single mom and trying to date—especially when your kid’s threatening to kill your boyfriend.

Real Estate

Can Hamptons homeowners squeeze U.S. open tourists for a huge week’s rent? It’s a long shot.



Fashion meets fiction in a provocative new exhibit at MoMA QNS


This So-Called Disaster goes behind the scenes of Sam Shepard’s latest play


Viola Davis shines as the unfortunate Esther in Intimate Apparel

Classical Music

Deborah Voigt faces her size-ist critics


Flashback: PBS is too reverential about acid guru Ram Dass

Pop Music

Prince returns to form with Musicology


Going omakase at the city’s most expensive new sushi spot, Masa


Maguy Marin tackles politics with eloquence

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's openings include: Gumbo Cafe, Posto, Vento, Josephs, Totonno's and more.

New on DVD

New on DVD this week: Master and Commander, The Flower of Evil, 3 Women, King of New York and more.

Top 5: Spring Activities for Teens

Teens need distraction, too, especially when spring arrives.

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