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May 31, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

The Dead Wives Club, or Char in Love

It was grief that brought together a group of Staten Island women who lost their fireman husbands on September 11. But it’s other commonalities that have made these women inseparable: their morbid, self-deprecating jokes, their disgust with their martyrdom, their attitudes toward their newfound riches, and their need to fall in love—and move on with their lives.


It's Not HBO. It's TV.

Acclaimed TV writer Tom Fontana is remaking television again for his new show on . . . Fox. How can the man who gave us Oz survive on the network of The Swan?

How to Make a Fake

When two versions of the same Gauguin painting popped up on the market at once, the FBI arrested art dealer Ely Sakhai, who, they charged, had devised an ingenious new scam while the art world looked the other way.

God Is in the Deltoids

Yoga introduced the fusion of spirituality and exercise. Now a new breed of fitness gurus is introducing organized religion (from Judaism to Native American shamanism) into workouts.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off the legend of Ron Galotti, Stanley Bosworth's leadership of Saint Ann's and movie critic Elvis Mitchell.

Smart City

Smart City

Where’s the (top-notch) beef?

Ask New York

Too many of my hand-wash-only, ultra-delicate undergarments have been ravaged by the washing machine—or an overzealous date—lately. Is there anywhere I can have them mended?


Henry Beguelin opens its first New York boutique, in the Hotel Gansevoort.

Best Bets

The Samsung A680 videophone, Richard Schultz’s petal tables, glass magnets by Labour and more

New York Shops

As Hamptons season kicks off, make a splash at the beach in a sexy sarong or a breezy tunic.

Sales & Bargains

DRK-2 bent-wire chair knockoff at Urban Outfitters

Plus: This week's sale listings


Intelligencer Gossip

Bill Clinton, Hotel Gansevoort, Sean Combs, Cindy Sherman, Susan McDougal, James Carville and more.

Saturday Night Lives

Jimmy Fallon is leaving SNL to pursue Hollywood full-time. First stop: this fall’s Taxi. The future may seem bright now, but will his career resemble Bill Murray’s . . . or Chevy Chase’s? A look at other alums’ post-SNL strategies, successes, and failures.

Spin-Free Zones

“It takes absolutely no skill at all!” D.J.’s say the iPod is killing their livelihood.

Into the Fire

Despite his readers’ fears, a self-financed American blogger returns to Iraq.

My Sordid Life

For Kathryn Harrison, who slept with her father and dug up her mother, few subjects are taboo.



Last week’s 9/11 hearings showed how hard it is for Mayor Bloomberg to escape Mayor Giuliani’s shadow

Second Opinion

Nick Berg’s tragic death brings one forensic pathologist full circle from September

The Help Desk

Clashing political opinions, his girlfriend gave him an STD, and is it too much to ask for sex with no strings attached?

Real Estate

Higher fees and new rules make Gramercy Park a little less pastoral this year.



Roots music meets religion with the Great High Mountain Tour


The satirical Saved! takes on Bible-thumping teens


And Along Came a Spider goes inside an Iranian prison


Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul


Simultaneous Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman exhibits


Lar Lubovitch’s 35th anniversary


Extravagant fare makes up for the overwhelming menu at Megu

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's restaurant openings include: L'Asso, Gavroche and Bar Panini. Plus, Gael explains La Caravelle's demise.

New on DVD

New this week on DVD: Saving Private Ryan, Weather Underground, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Six, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and more.

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