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    Commercial Art - Comme Des Garons and Tom of Finland arrive in Chelsea

    Some people are never happy. They hated Soho when it didn't have any stores or services (no Laundromats, you had to walk a mile for a pack of Camels), they didn't like it when the new boutiques moved in (too trendy). They abhorred the arrival of mass...

    by Lynn Yaeger on March 23, 1999
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    Press Pass to the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

    by Ward Sutton on March 23, 1999
  • Shtick & Soul - Al Franken Mainstreams the L-Word


    Shtick & Soul - Al Franken Mainstreams the L-Word

    Monica Lewinsky may be the best thing to happen to comedy since Viagra, but for Al Franken she's a must to avoid. "It's hard to do a smart joke about a blowjob, especially when there are eight or nine blowjob jokes on TV every night," he sighs. "I de...

    by Richard Goldstein on March 16, 1999
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    Health Care Customs - Out-of-network costs leave the insured in a hole

    Emily Marino was insured when she discovered she had breast cancer, so the bills were the least of her problems. Or so she thought. Though she was covered by Oxford, Marino ended up with some $25,000 in out-of-pocket expenses after undergoing a lump...

    by Sharon Lerner on March 16, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Amanda causes a stir without saying or wearing much, exuding a good-natured alien appeal.

    You can call me madam, but do not call Amanda Lepore a drag queen. The Downtown diva was labeled as such by one of the daily papers, so she promptly sent them a Polaroid of herself naked and giving them the finger. "I'm a transsexual!" she exclaims. ...

    by Michael Musto on March 16, 1999
  • NY Mirror - Two-Room Shower-In-Kitchen Tenement Apartment


    NY Mirror - Two-Room Shower-In-Kitchen Tenement Apartment

    Location: Soho Rent: $630 (rent stabilized) Square feet: Approximately 375 Occupant: Kim Connerton (artist; photo stylists' assistant; window display, Barneys and Bloomingdale's; art teacher, Washington Market, a Montessori school) You live o...

    by Toni Schlesinger on March 16, 1999
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    Voucher Politics - Giuliani Flunks Libs To Chase State and National Conservative Backing

    When Ray Harding first endorsed Rudy Giuliani at a Sheraton Hotel press conference in April 1989, the Liberal Party issued a statement self-consciously exploring how compatible it and the Republican mayoral candidate were on "gut issues." Besides abo...

    by Wayne Barrett on March 16, 1999
  • Code Free - Unleashing Progressive Politics on the Technopoly


    Code Free - Unleashing Progressive Politics on the Technopoly

    Miguel de Icaza doesn't seem like a saboteur, but he spent the last 16 months building a bomb. From his desk at the Universidad Nacional Autnoma in Mexico City, the 26-year-old marshaled support from 250 volunteers around the world, most of whom he'...

    by Austin Bunn on March 16, 1999
  • Just Our Bill? - The Left Reconsiders Its Relationship to Clinton and Comes Out Swingingó  Especially at Christopher Hitchens


    Just Our Bill? - The Left Reconsiders Its Relationship to Clinton and Comes Out Swinging Especially at Christopher Hitchens

    Ever since he signed an affidavit last February claiming that his friend Sidney Blumenthal told him Monica Lewinsky was "a stalker" thereby contradicting Blumethal's sworn testimony Christopher Hitchens has been the scourge of the literary left. H...

    by Richard Goldstein on March 16, 1999
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    Marketing Speak - This Phone Call Is Brought to You By...

    You're on the phone with your sister in Paris, and she tells you she just met the boy of her dreams. As she begins to detail their first kiss, a three-tone jingle breaks in. There's a pause, and then a message about Planet Hollywood. When you return ...

    by Karen Hudes on March 16, 1999
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    Machine Age

    B Side: Star Wars fan site Countingdown.com cleverly worded a gimmick last week claiming they would have a big file to download that evening. Fans immediately thought it was the upcoming Trailer B, which premiered in theaters last Friday. Aint-it-c...

    on March 16, 1999
  • Dancing Up a Storm - St. John's Plays Smart and Plays On


    Dancing Up a Storm - St. John's Plays Smart and Plays On

    For all the talk about St. John's being one of the most physically talented teams in the NCAA Tournament, the Red Storm earned their trip to the Sweet 16 with a more cerebral approach a tack the club will have to duplicate for a return trek to the S...

    by Paul Forrester on March 16, 1999
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    The Mecca of Mishaps

    Funny how Madison Square Garden brass love to trumpet that tired, return-of- "big-time"- boxing refrain with every ordinary title fight they land. "If you know the history," George Foreman told the Times (re: MSG, pre Holyfield-Lewis fiasco), "the hy...

    on March 16, 1999
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    Knicks Take the Hard Road But to Where?

    If Jeff Van Gundy is going to keep his job, his Knicks are going to have to start avoiding this familiar scene, which has become an every-other-game occurrence. It starts with Latrell Sprewell facing a thicket of microphones that have converged on ...

    by Sarah Smith on March 16, 1999
  • A Snitch in Time


    A Snitch in Time

    The Berlin Wall is dust, the Doomsday Machine dismantled, the Soviet Union dismembered. And Sunday night, in the midst of the interminable orgy of showbiz self-congratulation known as Oscar Night, a wizened little guy with a big nose still hale at 8...

    by J. Hoberman on March 16, 1999
  • The Anti-Kazan


    The Anti-Kazan

    Wherever you may land on the Kazan issue nearly 50 years later, there's no getting around the fact that somebody's getting a Lifetime Achievement Oscar this year for a long career they had during and after the blacklist, and somebody isn't getting on...

    by Michael Atkinson on March 16, 1999
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    Raising Objections Peter Noel's article "Raising Patrick Bailey" [March 9] contains factual inaccuracies, such as his reporting that the police involved in the fatal shooting of Mr. Bailey were "plainclothes anti-crime officers," when in fact the o...

    on March 16, 1999
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    Bowery Bummer - Downtown Plan Will Make and Break History

    It's been 97 years since any bartender poured a shot at McGurk's Suicide Hall, a turn-of-the-century Bowery dive that was legendary as a place where numerous patrons, especially prostitutes, took their lives. But Kate Millett author, artist, foundin...

    by J.A. Lobbia on March 16, 1999
  • Passing the Bucks - Fund-Loving President's Fond 'Give Backs'


    Passing the Bucks - Fund-Loving President's Fond 'Give Backs'

    Just when it seemed that he might be fading away, Clinton was back in action last week raising money. "I'm having a great time!" the president exclaimed in Texas on Friday following his return from a mea culpa trip to Central America. "I can go to...

    by James Ridgeway on March 16, 1999
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    Pinochet Noir

    So this is what it's come to: a president carries on a clandestine affair with an intern, and it's headline news every day for a year. But a secretary of state whispers sweet nothings to a violent dictator, and the mainstream media is bored to death....

    by Cynthia Cotts on March 16, 1999
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