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March 14, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Best Of New York

Our annual guide to the city's finest everything.

EATING: The best dishes in town, plus a lineup of dream meals • BUYING: The finest clothing, accessories, furniture, and more • NIGHTS: From rooftop bars to megaclubs to dives • PLAY: Where to best enjoy your pastime of choice • VANITY: Impress your mirror with the latest in facials, manicures, and more • HELP: Get problems like ailing pets and iPod frustration solved for you.


King Mike and The Quest for the Broadway Grail

When 73-year-old movie director Mike Nichols committed to the “special kind of hell” of directing a Broadway show, Eric Idle’s Monty Python–derived musical became the most-anticipated comedy event of the year. Behold Spamalot.

The Reinvestigator

Burned-out cop Jay Salpeter quit the NYPD, switched teams, and went to work as a private investigator to top defense attorneys. It was a job, that was all. Until he became obsessed with overturning the notorious murder conviction of Marty Tankleff.


The Israel World

Israel’s reality-TV hero sets out to repair diplomatic relations.

When Eloise Met Norma Rae

The Plaza’s anti-condo crusader.

Color Schemes

Convicts’ uniforms? Pumpkin floats? How else to recycle The Gates.

Intelligencer: March 7-21, 2005

The feud over Jam Master Jay’s legacy.

It Happened Last Week

The week, a drab late-winter run-up to St. Patrick's Day, offered promise of future delights.

Quavering at the Terror Bar

Lynne Stewart conviction worries lawyers who represent accused terrorists.

Columbian Art

Columbia University's dean of journalism lends a painting to the Jewish Museum.


The Imperial City

The implosion of CBS News is among the many forces sending the media reeling back to the fifties—the 1850s.


Best Bets

A vintage Art Deco bracelet, plus faux fruit and a very tasteful sneaker.

Ask A Shop Clerk

Jimmy Webb of Trash and Vaudeville

Shop News

Store openings this week.

The Best Seller

Clear Storage Containers

Sales & Bargains:
This week's hottest sales & bargains

The Look Book

A Soho-loving IT analyst.

Real Estate

The rise of supernatural sales techniques.

Green Day

There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day specials than corned beef and cabbage.

The Culture Pages

Smarty Pants

Thom Pain (based on nothing) star James Urbaniak and the power of positive reviews.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Reviewed

Everything about the musical works - except the music.

Romance Reviewed

This is vintage farce with no holds barred and all foibles bared.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Reviewed

Nearly three hours of chaos.

Bad Boy: Kieran Culkin

The middle Culkin channels tabloid-related angst into his latest role.

Be Cool Reviewed

Clueless and surprisingly crass.

Art Review

The photographs of Diane Arbus are revealing but empathetic.

The Shield Reviewed

Glenn Close joins the cast, giving the treacherous Vic Mackey his very own Lady Macbeth.

Prozac Nation Reviewed

Those who've been waiting will be as sorry as the film itself.

Good-bye, ‘NYPD Blue’!

NYPD Blue heirs like The Shield are on HBO and cable, not the broadcast networks.

Narration Nation

A Who’s Who of TV Tour Guides.

Classical Music Review

NASA finances Laurie Anderson’s engaging work.

The Massacre Reviewed

50 Cent hawks himself into a corner.


What the audience really thought about Tim Hawkinson.


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