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June 12, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

Gangs of New York

The growing popularity of in vitro fertilization among urban professionals has led to a dramatic rise in the city’s population of twins and triplets—not to mention stressed-out, medically paranoid, money-space-and-sleep-deprived parents.


Boss Quinn

It’s true that Christine Quinn’s status as the first gay City Council speaker gets her lots of attention. But beneath that 21st-century backstory is a glad-handing, favor-trading Irish pol whose methods are as old-school—and effective—as they come.

Gooch In Space

Like his famous pornographer father, Bob Guccione Jr. is a searcher. Once a man about town who thought rock music could save the world, he’s now turned to the cosmos in his personal quest for meaning.


Pssst! Wanna Buy Rocky Aoki’s Candlesticks?

Craigslist fanatics trolling for cheap bookcases and used lamps over Memorial Day weekend found themselves in the potential company of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki.

Spence Feminists Wear Pants

Seniors at tony girls’ prep school protest skirts.

Zombie Version of Manhattan Surprisingly Inaccurate

Will Smith might want to check a map before shooting the big-budget zombie thriller I Am Legend here later this year.

Get Out Your Wallets, Big Donors!

Summer shakedown is here.

Batter Up

As Memorial Day passed last week and temperatures soared toward the nineties, the moment seemed ripe to start swinging for the fences.

Stem City

New York�s scientists have gone private (and high-security) to get around federal restrictions. Welcome to the city�s stem-cell underground.

Toxie Schlock Syndrome

Debut fiction from New York�s gross-out auteur.

iPod Party Pirates

Everybody thinks he�s a better D.J.

Peaceniks at Sea

A Japanese experiment in drinking margaritas to increase global understanding docks in Manhattan.


Best Bets

Customizably gnarly surfboards, a portable DVD player, and more.


The view from the other side of the cosmetics counter.

Look Book

A quiz-show veteran in truly old-school attire.


Harried professionals chart every minute of their workday.

The Underground Gourmet

Colorful culinary entrepreneurs and a rising-star chef work wonders at an upscale tapas bar.

In Season

A 'wichcraft chef's grilled bloomsday sandwich.

Insatiable Critic Gael Greene

The scarred tile floors are real, and the abundant hills of tantalizing, gently priced food are real, too, a joy in this era of foam and froth. But everything else at the new Dressler is whimsy.

1,000 Points of White

The Enomatic wine system stores 48 open bottles, preserving them with argon gas, and dispensing 15-milliliter tastes at the swipe of a card that the store has preprogrammed with an introductory 1,000 points.

Sea Change

The non-tourist’s guide to the South Street Seaport.

Big Night

For one evening only, Rockefeller Plaza becomes Rockefeller Piazza.

Hog Heaven

So barbecue-starved are the locals, in fact, that this year host Danny Meyer has secured an extra block (24th Street between Park and Madison) in a futile attempt to meet demand.


Canyon Ranch hegemony faces a challenge.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Dom Smith of Odin.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Real Estate

Montgomery Clift’s townhouse hits the market.

The Culture Pages

Piano Woman

Regina Spektor’s journey from Russia to the Bronx to indie stardom.

The Movie Review

Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor make a nearly perfect film about the way good things end.

Trailer Mix

Our reviews of some summer previews.

The Theater Review

A terrifying Columbine reenactment.

Samuel Beckett, at 100, deserves better than he gets.

Where is Samuel Beckett’s centennial hype?

A Fix-It Manual

This Sunday, CBS airs the 60th annual edition of the perennially ratings-challenged Tony Awards. A few ideas for how to get people to watch the damn thing.

Straight Player: Eric McCormack

Q&A with the Will & Grace star on his new life Off Broadway.

The TV Review

Kyra Sedgwick charms as a cop without social graces on The Closer.

Lewis Black: Red, White, and Screwed/ Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

I’m still waiting for a 21st-century stand-up Toxic Avenger. But compared with Kathy Griffin, Black is Jonathan Swift.


What makes Deadwood so fascinating is not the action we put up with; it’s the language we listen to.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

New York Magazine buzz and backlash report.

Six Degrees of Paula Fox

Charting the jacket-blurb universe.

Playing Favorites

Wiley, the Gossip, and other obsessions of professional music obsessives.

The Art Review

Finding restraint in the Guggenheim’s exhibit of the notoriously unfettered Jackson Pollock.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The Power Grid

Why is George Pataki acting as if he could actually be president?

The Bottom Line

Hank Paulson will not be sorry he finally took the Treasury job. Bush won’t, either.

The Week

Soul Food

Madison Square Park hosts the fourth annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party this weekend. Here’s the best of the music lineup.

Bringing the Mountain to Manhattan

An Everest-simulation sleepover.

Park It Here

These cultural events—all in or around great New York parks—can be part of a full day of outdoor leisure, now that summer weather is here.

Out! Out! Damned Wait!

Liev Schreiber is Macbeth in this year’s first Shakespeare in the Park production, premiering on June 13. Four hints to help you land the summer’s hottest free ticket.

An Evening on Fifth Avenue

For the Museum Mile Festival on June 13, the great collections of Fifth Avenue waive their admission fees from 6 to 9 p.m. Be sure to set aside time for these three shows.


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