Summer Recreation? It’s Backordered

In January, the Outdoor Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, shared some gloomy statistics. According to its annual survey, fewer than 20 percent of Americans were recreating outside at least once a week, working out to an estimated billion fewer outdoor activities a year compared to a decade earlier. Just under half…

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5 Things You Need to Upgrade Your Tiny Outdoor Space

Growing up in a squat ranch house in Ohio, I dreamed of moving to the Big City (any big city) and serenading dewy-eyed writer boys on a ukulele from my very own urban veranda. Now that I work at Wirecutter and live in New York — which is cramped under the best circumstances, let alone…

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Harris Faulkner, Working From Home in Shades of Blue

When Harris Faulkner stands on the roof deck of her family’s townhouse in Edgewater, N.J., she has a fine view of the Hudson River agleam in the sun, the George Washington Bridge off to the left and the ferry as it pulls away from the terminal and heads for the Far West Side of Manhattan.…

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Distilleries Raced to Make Hand Sanitizer for the Pandemic. No Longer.

As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered bars and restaurants in March, Phil McDaniel’s craft distillery in St. Augustine, Fla., stopped producing bourbon. Then he realized there was one alcohol-based product he could make that people would still clamor for: hand sanitizer. His St. Augustine Distillery soon churned out the first of what became 10,000 gallons of…

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Naomi Osaka Is Leveling the Playing Field

Courtesy of Nike / CAMPFIRE LLC “It’s funny because I don’t even think of myself as a role model,» pro tennis star Naomi Osaka tells ELLE.com in an email interview. «I’m 22 and figuring out life and trying to grow.” What’s actually funny is that her true talent is downplaying her accomplishments among them winning…

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Men’s Wearhouse Owner Files for Bankruptcy

The owner of Men’s Wearhouse and JoS. A. Bank, which once dominated the market for affordable men’s suits, filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday, as demand plummeted for its corporate clothing with the coronavirus pandemic keeping America’s office workers at home. The company, Tailored Brands, had approximately 1,400 stores and 18,000 employees. It had already…

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Nordstrom Uses Influencers to Promote Safety and Draw Anxious Shoppers

Wendy Nguyen, a fashionable Instagram personality with 1.1 million followers, is regularly tapped by retailers like Macy’s and Banana Republic to promote their wares on social media. They typically want her to take a stylish photo in their apparel and enthuse about their brand and any upcoming sale or product line. But Ms. Nguyen recently…

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TikTok Ban: Creators Respond to Trump

It was a weekend of chaos on TikTok — unleashed on Friday night when President Trump said, while aboard Air Force One, that he might ban the video app. The surprise announcement sent influencers in droves onto livestreams to give possibly premature teary and heartfelt goodbyes to their fans, asking them to join them on…

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Things To Do This Week

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication. Monday The multimedia artist Tony Oursler explores how technology touches humanity through blends ofpieces that blend video, painting and collage. In his mesmerizing exhibition “Magical Variations,” , he Mr.…

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