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July 12, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Other People's Money

Ted Forstmann was known as a Wall Street scold, a Master of the Universe in love with his own rectitude. He was the last tycoon you’d expect to see lose $2 billion and find himself in a Connecticut courtroom, where it seemed his whole life was on trial.


The Noise

What makes New York City so loud? What’s noisiest: Balthazar, Times Square, or Guy the dog? How late can you vacuum? How did Mister Softee become a political issue—and what’s wrong with a little noise, anyway? A guide, in surround sound.

Memories of a Dean Administration

Howard Dean is back, and some Democrats wonder what might have been.

Après Swim

The seventies bathing-suit look returns.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on building a new Jets stadium, Kimora Lee Simmons, hoodwinking focus groups, and more.

Smart City

Easy Sell

So long, eBay—QuikDrop takes New York

Best Bets

Black Mission figs, the Incase tour bag, and lizard Mary Janes from Rickard Shah

New York Shops

Bold gold cuffs for summer

Shop Talk

Brooklyn gets some sole.

Sales & Bargains

An Orkney-chair knockoff

Plus: sales at Rafe, Assets London, and Smith & Wollensky


Intelligencer Gossip

Neil Bush, Lauren Bush, Doug Liman, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Amy Poehler, Brad Pitt and more.

Politics Gets Punk'd

How Michael Moore jump-started the documentary with the tricks of reality TV.

Trial and Terror

Lynne Stewart’s self-defense.

White Out

The quest for shining teeth may come at a painful price.

Hamptons Wildlife

A mysterious swan scare on Georgica Pond.

Yint Nation

The words of tomorrow?

Lights, Cameras . . .

The fight to get more Action! for NYC studios.


Money & the Mind

The easy-money era is over, and New Yorkers will feel the pinch more harshly than most

Naked City

Why a husband’s supportive presence in the delivery room may not be such a great idea after all.



Jonathan Ames: the sex-obsessed Seinfeld of the Lower East Side


Spider-Man is back—with kick-ass action, a thrilling villain, and a smidge too much emo angst


Richard Move channels Martha Graham; Boris Eifman attempts the same with Balanchine, and falls short

Pop Music

Elvis’s mind-blowing ’68 Comeback Special DVD, complete with rare footage


Sampling authentic Egyptian at Casa La Femme North

The Week

New on DVD

Movies released on dvd this week include: Monsieur Ibrahim, The Butterfly Effect, Six Feet Under: The Complete Second Season and more.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Opening this week: Big Cheech, Quartino's, Diner 24, Brasserie ICB, and more. Plus, sour cherries and an ethereal take on strawberry shortcake.

Country Music

Enjoy a roadtrip and some area classical music festivals.

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