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September 27, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

The Perfect Little Bump

The pressure to stay thin has some pregnant New Yorkers actually hoping for morning sickness. Whatever happened to “eating for two”? Are expectant mothers so preoccupied with their own vanity that they’re doing harm to their kids?


The Bad Superintendent

Roslyn, Long Island, schools chief Frank Tassone drove a Mercedes, wore expensive suits, and led Roslyn High to a top-ten ranking nationwide. Parents and teachers worshipped him, until an $8 million embezzlement scandal, and surprising revelations about his personal life, came to light. A case of a suburban town just waiting to be duped.

5 x 10

Last week’s runways were awash in full skirts and bold Prada-esque patterns. But what will you really be wearing next spring? A forecast in 50 pieces.

Exquisite Corpses

CSI: NY makes it official: TV is obsessed with death. A city forensic pathologist explains what it’s like to have his job suddenly become hot.

Arrivederci, Little Italy

The last-ditch effort to save a neighborhood that’s gone the way of baked ziti.


Female Trouble

The Republicans have been canny in playing to the women’s vote. Thank Laura Bush, in part—a stunningly potent political tool


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Italian-American stereotypes, the RNC, nationalism, and more.

Smart City

Beyond Repair

Manhattan’s Home Depot reminds a non-handy man that he’d rather just call his super

Best Bets

Plus, Lenox's Thicket drinkware, Tanner Krolle's Sam Brown bag, Zenith's Baby Star Elite watch and more.

Shop Talk

Sean John emulates Ralph, but keeps it real.

Sales & Bargains

For something that’s mostly decoration, it’s amazing how expensive throw pillows can be.


Intelligencer Gossip

Plus, Vogue travels cheap, Martha Stewart's new accessory, Mary-Kate and Ashley move downtown

New York’s Gun Culture

Guns and the city

Bullets Off B’way

In her new cabaret act, singer Rena Strober talks about life after the Rao’s shooting.

Reinventing the Wheels

The new hipster-mobile

Court TV

Dick Wolf’s life of crime.


A drop-in visit at one of the city’s new schools.

New York Inc.

A new subway line, and other city services, are only a few souvenirs away.

Kitty Litters

Cloned cats at Madison Square Garden


Real Estate

Was the toxic-mold scare at 515 Park ever real?

Naked City

Lonely hearts in the city get all the ink—and have plenty of resources to turn to for hooking-up help. But what if all you’re after is a friend?


Budapest goes velvet rope



Philip Roth’s new novel imagines life under a Lindbergh presidency. Is this dense counter-history an exorcism of Roth’s unresolved conflicts with Judaism, or with George Bush?


The Motorcycle Diaries portrays a Che worthy of T-shirts and bags worldwide


Strauss’s underappreciated late opera Daphne debuts


Veronica Mars and Lost are smart new dramas full of potential. Get ready for their inevitable cancellations.


Kalustyan’s Café plays off its namesake spice shop across the street.

The Week

New on DVD

Movies New On DVD this week include: Star Wars Trilogy, La Dolce Vita, Mean Girls, Twentynine Palms, John Cassavetes: Five Films.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Opening this week: Mercadito, Tempo, Beard Papa, Ciao Bella Cafe, Frederick's, Kelley & Ping, La Masseria, Lure Fishbar. Plus, Gael Greene becomes a fool at Vento and Vitello Tonnato Gets New Life This Fall.

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