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June 20, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Empire of the Alpha Mom

Isabel Kallman, a former Wall Street executive, is so type A that when she transferred her 100-hour-a-week intensity to motherhood, she didn’t just start a family—she started a cable channel. But does the world need a new Martha Stewart touting the wisdom of power parenting?



Kevin Roberts, the flashy CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, made his name with novel advertising theories and dramatic management flourishes. But his antics rankled a 25-year company vet named Mike Burns, leading to a walkout by Burns and seventeen others, a high-stakes lawsuit, and an industry brouhaha so intense that Ad Age hired paparazzi.

Between Punk Rock and a Hard Place

So maybe CBGB isn’t the cultural juggernaut it once was. And maybe its rent-raising landlord isn’t a greedy developer but rather a nonprofit serving the homeless. Still, what would it say about New York if the city’s most famous rock club was forced to move to Vegas?

Great Rooms Special Edition: Kitchens

Everything Plus the Sink

A house tour of five of the city’s best-designed kitchens.
PLUS: The urban cooking and dining space of the future, and housewares worth hungering for.


Intelligencer Gossip

A Bush who defends the free press . . . Dan Rather, bored.

It Happened Last Week

The week's unseasonable warmth made the air heavy with scents and odors that seemed to call forth primal emotions across the city.

Rock Paper Psyche!

Strategies to beat tweens at Rock Paper Scissors.

Collect Call from the Gladiator

How Rikers solved the problem of phone ragers like Russell Crowe.

West Side Survey

Did you want a stadium or not? And now what should go there?


Best Bets

A futuristic stove-top, a portable satellite-radio receiver, and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Ursula Wiskoski of Marni.

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

Look Book

A self-described over-the-hill hipster father and his fashion-conscious 3-year-old.

Restaurant Review

Bobby Flay cooks against type at his latest venture.

In Season

A spinach recipe from chef Mark Ladner.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of June 13, 2005: Brooklyn Fish Camp, Little Branch, Bolzano's Bar Cucina, Pizza Bar.

We All Scream

Cone, cup, or six-scoop Volcano—here’s where to get some of summer’s hot new licks.

Dad's Day

Forget the tie and treat Dad to what he really wants this Father’s Day—a porterhouse (with creamed spinach on the side).

Real Estate

Developers get creative with deal-sealing amenities.


Re-dating an ex is comforting but usually inadvisable.

The Culture Pages

Don't Look Back

Keri Russell on taking the rare Hollywood sabbatical not motivated by drugs or career failure.

Movie Review

The animated films of Hayao Miyazaki are un-American in a good way.

Art-House Showdown

It’s war in the art-house world.

Theater Review

London productions of Billy Elliot and Guys and Dolls: the best of the U.K. and the U.S., side by side.

Tony Winner: Adriane Lenox

Q&A with a star of Doubt.

Book Review

Abused-child advocate Andrew Vachss moves adeptly from potboilers to more literary terrain.

Polymath: Betsy Carter

Q&A with the writer.

Art Review

The photos of Lee Friedlander take a realist’s approach to American surreality.

"All the Mighty World" Reviewed

It’s a potent reminder that the landscape of war is half-created and half-perceived.

Show and Tell: Sanford Biggers

The artist talks about "Network: A Remix," his latest exhibit.

TV Review

PBS’s Brother to Brother is a rare breed: a radical movie on today’s public airwaves.

The Sopranos: Now on DVD

The best operas on DVD.


The Imperial City

Getting rid of anonymous sources is a sure way to make the media boring, not to mention unfit to serve the public good.

The City Politic

Bloomberg has recovered admirably from past career setbacks and can recover from the stadium debacle—once he calms down.


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