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February 17, 2003
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Where to Eat 2003

Barbecued ribs. Gourmet steaks. Pork bellies. The city's restaurants are filled with enough platters of sumptuous, mouthwatering meat to make even Dr. Atkins happy. And with Chinese home cooking, a spate of new gourmet-pizza joints, and lethal margaritas popping up all over town, it's no wonder that one thing we're really excited about spending our time -- and our cash -- on these days is good food. A highly opinionated tour of the city's best culinary establishments, from high-end to down-home.

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Turn On, Tune In, Hook Up

As Internet dating has lost its stigma, more and more young New Yorkers are using it as the ticket to no-strings-attached (if not exactly risk-free) sexual liaisons, and it’s fueling a casual-sex explosion not seen since Maxwell’s Plum’s heyday back in the seventies. Plus: While the kids are taking free love to a new level, the stress and intensity (not to mention the recession—and the kids) that accompany a high-powered life in the city, writes Ralph Gardner Jr., are wreaking havoc on the libidos of married New Yorkers.

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The Look Better-Naked City

Like snowflakes—or, for that matter, like bodies—no two fitness regimes are alike. We asked some of New York's biggest names (not to mention buffest bodies) what they do (or forget to do, or flat-out refuse to do) to stay fit. From Caroline Rhea, who's obsessed with Pilates, to Al Sharpton, who sweats it out at the gym seven—that's right, seven—days a week, to Cynthia Rowley, who boxes, to Fran Lebowitz, who walks everywhere. "It's the least annoying way to get around," she reasons. Plus: How to get mileage out of all that walking; the great cardio-versus-weight debate; and Michael Wolff reflects on eighteen years of running around the reservoir.

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Special Collectors' Issue!

New Yorkers may have famously tiny apartments, but when it comes to collecting, our ambitions know no bounds. In one man’s West Village house is a world-class toy museum, with tiny zeppelins and dry-docked steamboats. In a Brooklyn loft, a musician maintains a library of 15,000 pulp novels. New Yorkers’ personal obsessions range from vintage couture to medical photographs to brilliant Venetian glass to costume jewelry from Hollywood’s golden age. And then there’s Marilynn and Ivan C. Karp, who have what must be the city’s biggest collection of collections. Here’s our own display, of ten remarkable collectors. PLUS: New York’s best dealers in 23 kinds of collectibles, along with what’s hot in each field.

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Absolut New York

For many of us, drinking is a key to the city, a thrilling—sometimes dizzying—romance that gives shape to our New York nights the way our jobs do to our days. It also, for many of us, gives rise to those morning-after questions: What did I say? Where’s the Alka-Seltzer? Is there something wrong with the way I drink? One writer’s search for liquid balance.

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February 17, 2003
February 17, 2003

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Uptown Swank

Hilary Swank was never into fashion -- at least, not until she became a regular on the red carpet. But she's made up for lost time, cultivating an elegance and glamour that are classic Hollywood (even if she is a subway-riding New Yorker)

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Shakytown East

The war, the economy, the threat of terrorism—in New York City, we're now experiencing the perfect storm of anxiety. It's a moment when all possible futures seem troubling, when our leaders seem confused or inadequate to the tasks in front of them. The problem is that fear itself is one of the things we have to fear—anxiety is holding us back. When was the last time New Yorkers felt this way? The seventies.

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March 3, 2003
March 3, 2003

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The Face of Pain

When Lucy Grealy published her dazzling memoir about her childhood battle with cancer— and the devastating surgeries that followed it—she got the literary stardom she yearned for, and for a time she delighted in the life of a successful young writer in the city. But her quest to overcome her disfigurement still consumed—and finally destroyed—her, despite the best efforts of her devoted friends.

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Far and Away

As a shoe designer for Kenneth Cole, Laura Southwick had made the grueling trek to Dongguan, China, dozens of times. And her trip in January 2002 seemed, at first, fairly routine: long hours overseeing production at the factory, the usual gripes about jet lag and missing her boyfriend and family. Then everything changed. The 33-year-old wasn’t feeling well—she joked with her boyfriend on the phone that she had the Chinese flu. Within two days, she was dead. The autopsy showed viral myocarditis—a heart infection tough to diagnose but treatable with decent medical care. A year later, her family still wonders why following her dream had to come at so high a price.

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Down(sized) and Out in New York City

Call it the top-down recession. For the thousands of investment bankers who have found themselves laid off over the past couple of years, figuring out how to live on less cash was the easy part. Now they’re realizing that the boom days—million-dollar bonuses, riding lessons for the kids, even job security—are over. Probably for good.

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Weekend Getaways

When it comes to weekend getaways, location is everything. Happily, there’s no shortage of easy escapes within striking distance of New York. That’s where we come in. Whether your tastes run to Berkshires inns or all-inclusive Bermuda golf resorts, you’ll find something to get you going. PLUS: What’s hot in Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh (yes, Pittsburgh); and warts-and-all travel tales from Augusten Burroughs, Sarah Vowell, Cynthia Kaplan, and Neal Pollack.

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Taking Sides

Here in New York, half a world away, the war in Iraq is having its impact, changing politics and media and mind-sets at cruise-missile speed. What will New York and America do—and what will it be like to be an American—when the smoke clears? An examination of the war and its aftermath.

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