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    The User Who Got Used - For years, Tony Merritt Did the Dirty Work for Cops and Landlords, Helping Them Bust and Evict Drug Dealers. So Why Is the Times Square Hotel, His Latest Home, Showing Him the Door?

    When the Kenmore Hotel on 23rd Street reopened on May 4, politicians flocked to the ceremony, anxious to be associated with a project that had reincarnated the building from a murderous drug den into 326 units of affordable housing. In a famous 1994...

    by J.A. Lobbia on August 31, 1999
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    Net Pill Bill? - This Fall, Congress Will Consider Legislation To Regulate Online Drug Sales. Barely.

    When Congress goes back in session next week, drugs will be a topic of discussion though not the question of what George W. may have snorted. Legislators are puzzling over what to do about the unfettered growth in Internet prescription centers wher...

    by Reet Rana on August 31, 1999
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    Dirty Work

    Before porn moved to California to become a mass-produced, straight-to-video industry, most of the money shots were made in New York. While the epicenter of the biz was at 42nd and Broadway, the ripple effect took the skin trade out to Queens and Lon...

    by Bill Jensen, Stacy Albin and Jon Hart on August 31, 1999
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    Funk and Spunk

    Back in the '70s, funk reigned supreme not only in films like Shaft but in shaft-like films. Today's porn flicks are mostly videos with throwaway tunes mixed among the grunts and groans. How did this evolution happen? While Marilyn Chambers, John Ho...

    by Ian D'Giff on August 31, 1999
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    VeggieHead Wilson

    The prolific Annie Hart is back. This is "The Tightwad Issue," which means it's packed with money-saving tips from shopping at bodegas (sometimes), to the price-per-calorie difference between dry and canned beans. Annie's earnest approach and endea...

    by Michael Giacalone on August 31, 1999
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    File This Fetish

    Never thought of the dime-a-dozen long nails of LI babes as a fetishy turn-on? Wake up and smell the polish. (Which isn't difficult, considering that there are more than 400 nail salons just in Nassau.) The Island could easily be considered a sexual ...

    by Beth Greenfield on August 31, 1999
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    Schmoozing with the Original Sweater

    As the golden-throated, sweater-clad nice guy of Sesame Street's original human Fab Four along with Gordon, Susan and Mr. Hooper Bob McGrath has spent more than 30 years on public TV. He was a workhorse in the early days, when they taped 130 shows ...

    by Bill Jensen on August 31, 1999
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    Kitschy Koo In Port Washington

    In Village Green, Amy Kraker's vintage kitchenware store in Port Washington, pink elephants frolic on old jelly jar juice glasses (four for $40), mariachis serenade beautiful seoritas on starched cotton dish towels ($15) and an unusual set of marble...

    on August 31, 1999
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    None More Black

    The ranter of the moment is Lewis Black. With saliva flying as fast as his insults, Black goes on a two-minute diatribe virtually every night on his Back in Black segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. He will be performing at ...

    by Bill Jensen on August 31, 1999
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    Teaching Mrs. Tingle

    Yet another black comedy that misunderstands and misrepresents the genre call them Very Bad Jawbreakers Kevin Williamson's first (pre-Scream) script, also his first attempt at directing, is a take-that-you-bitch fantasy told from the point of view ...

    by Dennis Lim on August 31, 1999
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    Thank Goddess

    The Muse is light summer fare about a middle-aged Hollywood screenwriter so desperate to brainstorm a light summer fare he hires a Greek goddess to help him. The premise feels practically weightless, but because the writer is played by the doggedly e...

    by J. Hoberman on August 31, 1999
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    King smut

    When I was growing up, my friend Wesley's dad drove a black El Camino and resembled the Unabomber long before such a look was fashionable. We started going to his apartment after school because there were never any parents there and because the place...

    by Michael Giacalone on August 31, 1999
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    A pretty girl is like a melody

    The videotaped sexcapades of Motley Cre drummer Tommy "The Tripod" Lee, the film Boogie Nights and regular appearances by adult-film actresses on The Howard Stern Show have thrust the X-rated world deeper into popular consciousness. But porn has lon...

    by Rich Black on August 31, 1999
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    It Ain't The Motion, It's The Meat

    Even though eating food at a topless bar is as wrong as having sex in a restaurant, you have a God-given right to trustworthy consumer information when it comes to eating out. My research reveals only a few places where you can fill your cakehole. He...

    by Ron M. Beigel on August 31, 1999
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    The Shock of the New

    I'd been cruising for Shaun Cassidy pinups when I came across my first Playgirl. My pre-teenage curiosity had me turning pages right at the newsstand. Then I found the centerfold. He had dark hair all around and it looked huge. Quickly closed the mag...

    by Ellen Burris on August 31, 1999
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    The Hedgehog Shoots For Legit

    Ron Jeremy is one of the most prolific porn stars of all time, with more than 1,600 dirty movies to his credit. Round, dark and hairy, known far and wide as the "Hedgehog," he is not the typical buffed stud. "I was in Playgirl four times," says Jerem...

    by Jon Hart on August 31, 1999
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    The Beat Goes On

    My ankles and wrists were bound in leather cuffs, as I stood spread-eagled against a wall. Behind me were Sir Richard and Sir Darren, two doms in Mrs. Hyde's dungeon who were trying to teach me a lesson. "Naughty reporter," said Sir Richard. At ju...

    by Stacy Albin on August 31, 1999
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    The Rubber Match: Beaches Bounce Back

    Used condoms are not so much an environmental problem as they are the canary in the coal mine. Back in the 1970s and earlier, New York City's sewers would routinely flood into storm drains during a heavy rain because its sewage-treatment plants could...

    by Erik Nelson on August 31, 1999
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    Getting the Business

    Tough guy Rudy Giuliani takes the credit for cleaning up Times Square, but Long Island officials beat him to the punch years ago on their own turf. Thank the Town of Islip for making it difficult for you to find porn on the Island. In 1980, Islip b...

    by Valerie Kellogg on August 31, 1999
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    The Show That Never Ends

    Hamptons regulars swarmed all over LIFE @ THE TAVERN with their pin-straight hair, black capris and wanna-be-model pursed lips. Though some of them had had years of practice doing the scene, they weren't fooling every newcomer with their trendy halte...

    by Stacy Albin on August 31, 1999
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