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June 28, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

How to Chill

Summer, that sweet season, is also high time for stress. Leaving town? Ha! Just try to beat the traffic. Wanna see a blockbuster? Ha! Just try to beat the lines. Need a last-minute air conditioner? Ha . . . well, you get the idea. Herewith, a summer survival guide with the best ways to feel cool in a suit, manage your out-of-control hair, score a late rental, girl- and boy-watch, dine alfresco, survive the benefit season, have a summer fling, and much, much more.


In His Own Hothouse

At 33, Ethan Hawke is having a second youth—starring in a sequel to Before Sunrise, a movie that defined his career, and living the single, bohemian New York City life for the first time in years. by vanessa grigoriadis

The Weekend Worrier

On that most contagious of summer afflictions: status anxiety.

The Confidence Man

The ice-cold certainty of baseball’s greatest closer: Mariano Rivera.

Mayor Bubba

Bill Clinton moves into Gracie Mansion. A future best-seller.

A Field Guide to Central Park

The city’s green oasis is alive with human wildlife.

Sleeping Around

Our writer looks for a quiet place to rest his weary head—in the great campground that is New York City.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the "Best Doctors" list, New York City public schools and the federal government forsaking the city.

Smart City

Best Bets

Kiehl’s Abyssine cream, the Pro-Ject Debut II turntable, and the four-speed iXi bike

Sales & Bargains

The Avon auto-tanning kit

Plus: This week's sale listings


Studio One 2 One salon, men’s scents for summer, and the latest from Christian Breton


Intelligencer Gossip

Bill Clinton, Sirion Maccioni, Graydon Carter, George W. Bush, NABET, CNN and more.

Tableside Manners

Former royal butler Paul Burrell on Princess Diana, Tom Hanks, name-dropping—and whether you get better service in New York or London.

Summering With Madonna

Another tour, another lifetime.

Rough Riders

“If you’re not willing to get hurt, why do it?” For these bike gangs, summer fun means jousting, crashing, and braving “the Whiplash.”

Reds Hot

Top restaurants are serving wine too warm.


Class Action

Mayor Bloomberg takes the bite out of his anti-social-promotion policy

The National Interest

Harold Ickes, George Soros, and the parallel anti-Bush campaign

The Help Desk

Mom's sharing too much about her sexual liberation, crushing on your roommate and what to do when you're 26 and still a virgin.

Real Estate

When the going gets tough, co-op boards get tougher.



In praise of whiteface


Michael Moore lights a fire under the electorate with Fahrenheit 9/11


A collaborative exhibit chronicles the changing face of China


Address Unknown doesn’t deliver; Molière suffers at BAM

Pop Music

The Cure returns, triumphant


NYPD 24/7, Farmingville, Everyday People, and Celibacy


A BAM program shows Mark Morris at his best—and worst


High-concept dining at Thomas Keller’s Per Se

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week's openings include: Carve Unique Sandwiches, Odea Bar & Lounge and Canapa. Plus, Gael revels in Mix's "demixtification."

New on DVD

Movies released on DVD this week include: Bad Santa, Cold Mountain, Wonder Woman: Complete First Season, Barbershop 2 and more.

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