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  • Garden Variety

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    Garden Variety

    Tom Castimore (gardener) and David Finkelstein (musician) Income: $46,000 (1998) Health Insurance: Castimore, none; Finkelstein covered by mother Rent: $395/mo. Utilities: $60/mo. Phone: $75/mo. Food: $720/mo. Transportation: Castimore, no...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 12, 1999
  • The Art of Effacement - The Whitney Returns Ray Johnson to the Fold

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    The Art of Effacement - The Whitney Returns Ray Johnson to the Fold

    When artist Ray Johnson walked off a Sag Harbor bridge in 1995, and began backstroking through the frigid waters of Sag Harbor Cove, there was little reason to suspect that death would bring the recognition that had proved so elusive in his lifetime....

    by Guy Trebay on January 12, 1999
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    Bowery Mission

    While hundreds of thousands of young people greeted the last year of the millennium in Times Square, waiting for the ball to drop before scurrying home along Giuliani's squeaky-clean streets, a rather more bohemian crowd gathered at another landm...

    by Lynn Yaeger on January 12, 1999
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    Gatien's Last Dance?

    Peter Gatien lives in an exquisite East 63rd Street townhouse, just steps from Fifth Avenue. So it is understandable that the 46-year-old impresario has never quite grasped why Chelsea residents have long been repulsed by the clamor surrounding Limel...

    by William Bastone on January 12, 1999
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    Shop 'Til You Drop - Beyond Health Plans' Glossy Brochures

    Let's say you have the good fortune to have health insurance. Now let's stretch the imagination a bit further and say you have a choice of health plans. Maybe (you lucky dog) you work for a big employer who offers a range of health benefits. Or maybe...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 12, 1999
  • Recovered Memory - An Argentine Artist Resurrects the Disappeared

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    Recovered Memory - An Argentine Artist Resurrects the Disappeared

    Artist Marcelo Brodsky stood exulting over the news photo of an ashen Augusto Pinochet on his way to a London court. Gleeful and mocking, the artist began to quote the fallen dictator's proud declaration to the judge: "I am Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. I...

    by C. Carr on January 5, 1999
  • Children Lost in Our Schools - A Federal Charge of Race Discrimination Against Rudy Crew

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    Children Lost in Our Schools - A Federal Charge of Race Discrimination Against Rudy Crew

    I have visited many elementary and secondary schools around the country, but by far the most effective principal I have ever known was Elliot Shapiro at P.S. 119 in Harlem. I spent most of 1965 there, reporting on the kids, the teachers, and him. H...

    by Nat Hentoff on January 5, 1999
  • All About Eve

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    All About Eve

    The penultimate year of the millennium is about to dawn, making partying like it's 1999 especially poignant on December 31. Whether you're clinking Veuve Cliquot or V8, shivering in Times Square or tripping the light fantastic elsewhere on the sidewa...

    by Lynn Yaeger on January 5, 1999
  • God is Antonio Duarte's Copilot

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    God is Antonio Duarte's Copilot

    Antonio Duarte (owner, Peniel Limousine Service) Income: $30,000 to $40,000 (1998) Health Insurance: none Rent: $918/mo. Utilities: $70/mo. Phone: $70/mo. Food: $500/mo. Transportation: $100/mo. Seven years ago he went from being a Catholic ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 5, 1999
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    Year of Living Dangerously - Resolutionary Parties

    Nineteen ninety-nine not only holds the countdown to the millennium, but also the strange fate of Bubba Bill. Whats your resolution? Paul Fritsche Age: 37 Resides:: East Village Occupation: Graphic Artist On a scale of 1...

    by Edmund Lee on January 5, 1999
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    Basketball Jones - Hunter coach Mike Brown loves the game so much, he quit big-time ball.

    "You can call me as late as you want," Mike Brown's baritone voice resonates into the answering machine. "I'll be up." To any reporter, that kind of invitation is almost unheard of. Reaching a coach for an interview can be more difficult than reachi...

    by Brian P. Dunleavy on January 5, 1999
  • Nolte by Nature - A Gifted and Afflicted Actor Propels Two of the Year's Best Films

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    Nolte by Nature - A Gifted and Afflicted Actor Propels Two of the Year's Best Films

    In person, Nick Nolte is a very tall, surprisingly fragile creature, a world away from the rock-solid characters he's been playing ever since fortune shined and he made the move from hunky lifeguard type to real actor in the ferocious 1978 film Who'l...

    by Kent Jones on January 5, 1999
  • The Rangers' Rough Ride - Their Down, Briefly Up, and then Down Again Season

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    The Rangers' Rough Ride - Their Down, Briefly Up, and then Down Again Season

    It's late December and, right on cue, winter has blown in off Long Island Sound, smacking southern Westchester County. Gray clouds gather for the first snow, and although the fountain outside Rye's ancient Playland Ice Casino continues spouting water...

    by Stu Hackel on January 5, 1999
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    The ABL, 1996-1998

    There's a well-known (if apocryphal) rule at The New York Times that the paper won't run obituaries about anyone who hasn't already appeared as a subject in a Times story. Clearly they made an exception last Wednesday, when they splashed a color phot...

    on January 5, 1999
  • Blind Alley - Surfing Through the Scuttlebutt

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    Blind Alley - Surfing Through the Scuttlebutt

    Which dapper CEO of a new-media design shop called one of his female producers a "pussy" to her face in public? Which sexed-up Web editor, now pitching a TV show based on his own life (in script development in L.A.), first revealed his roaring self-c...

    by Austin Bunn on January 5, 1999
  • Paper Trial - A Widow Takes on Cigna

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    Paper Trial - A Widow Takes on Cigna

    Antonia Cedrone chose her 17th-floor apartment for its view. The one-bedroom in a doorman building in the East 30s was on the pricey side for Cedrone, who works as a psychologist for a nonprofit organization. But when she and her husband, Alan Leach,...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 5, 1999
  • NY Mirror - Most Touching Cinema Moment: 'Vagina, vagina, vagina—does that word do anything for you?' —The Opposite of Sex

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    NY Mirror - Most Touching Cinema Moment: 'Vagina, vagina, vaginadoes that word do anything for you?' The Opposite of Sex

    I live for the Oscarsin fact, the day the nominations come out is my big annual orgasmbut some cruelty has started seeping into the proceedings. In 1998, Peter Fonda, Burt Reynolds, and the old lady from Titanic were all virtually promised statuett...

    by Michael Musto on January 5, 1999
  • Prime-Time Purge in the Senate - Show Trial

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    Prime-Time Purge in the Senate - Show Trial

    "I think that a lot of the fundamental principles that Jefferson Davis believed in are very important to people across the country, and they apply to the Republican Party." Mississippi Congressman Trent Lott In 1984 If Americans expect the impea...

    by James Ridgeway on January 5, 1999
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    Banana Flackery

    Public relations is a cinch. Just ask Chiquita Brands International, the company formerly known as United Fruit. After enlisting the CIA to shore up its Guatemalan stronghold in 1954, the company soft-sold its fruit in the U.S. with catchy jingles an...

    by Cynthia Cotts on January 5, 1999
  • Grave Matters at Monticello - American Family Reunions

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    Grave Matters at Monticello - American Family Reunions

    We cruise the aisles at Wal-Mart and eat chicken-fried steak at Shoney's. This routine alone is enough to keep me coming back, but really why I go is to hear the same family stories told year after year. A favorite involves my great-great-grandfather...

    by Lisa Jones on January 5, 1999
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