Historic Bank Buildings Get a Second Act

The fate of the soaring, palatial and utterly impractical Dime Savings Bank in Downtown Brooklyn was inevitable. The 16,750-square-foot, 40-foot-tall chamber, with seven kinds of marble flooring, a vaulted-tile dome and Corinthian columns, closed in 2016, a victim of automated tellers and digital payments. Its last full-time tenant, Chase Bank, moved into a squat storefront…

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5 Places: Five Places to Visit in Bergen, Norway

“The beautiful thing about Bergen is it doesn’t matter what time of year that you get here, there’s always something charming and quaint about it,” said T-Michael, a designer, tailor and worldly aesthete who has resided in this rainy Norwegian city for more than two decades. Nestled amid the snowcapped mountains and glacial fjords of…

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Work Friend: The Wages of Being a Woman at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. When Life Hands You Lemons, Ask for the Moon I love my job, and am generally happy with management. But during a recent team meeting, my boss made…

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Past Tense: You’re Still Here

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring can be defined as the moment the sun glides across the celestial equator in late March. As we tilt toward that wondrous starlight, its rays become more concentrated on our side of the earth, giving us our warmer half of the year. There is no bigger deal in astrology. It…

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The Real Stars of the Internet

I’ve been to the bagel place down the street from my apartment maybe a hundred times. The staff is friendly. I like the food. They’re always open. Lots of people have their own opinions about it. Googling “Smith Street Bagels” produces pages of listings, most accompanied by star ratings visible right there in the results,…

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Modern Love: With the Birth of My Son, I Stopped Hiding

My son, Roman, turned to me from his book and said, “Mom, can you throw me a blanket? This is my favorite part in the book and I don’t want to stop.” When I look at my son, I see myself: the inability to tolerate pain, even from the smallest of physical hurts; the deep…

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3 Things To Know When Washing Denim

Premyuda YospimGetty Images You’ve got your seven-step nightly skincare routine down pat―so why don’t you care for your quality fashion pieces the way you care for your complexion? Just like «squeaky clean» cleansers can strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier, cheap detergents fade the color and texture on your favorite denim fast. That’s…

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Now Pay Attention, Dear Reader. No, Not to That Article, to This One.

Something is happening to attention. We know this, as we check our phones between thoughts, darting between Instagram and text message exchanges and back again. And now, our books know it too. The subject of attention is everywhere in publishing, spanning genres from self-help to satire to fiction. Take the newest addition to the literature…

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Here’s Soylent’s New Product. It’s Food.

“When we first started coming up with this idea of portioned, chewable nutrition, we were like, ‘Oh it should be a cube,’” said Bryan Crowley, the chief executive of Soylent. They tried it. Turns out, he said, “Cubes are really difficult to do.” So Soylent — the contrarian food replacement company that made its name…

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Everyone’s Favorite Madewell Jeans Are On Sale

If you’ve ever tried on a pair of Madewell jeans you know they make some of the best denim. The brand has become a go-to for those looking for modern jeans that have a subtle vintage quality, producing wins like those wide-leg cropped jeans you’ve seen on half the women in Brooklyn, and their high-rise…

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