His Family Had Money. Mine Didn’t.

Toffee Dating is an app recently started in the U.K., aimed exclusively at those who went to private schools, because, according to the founders, “we know people from similar backgrounds are likely to stick together.” My first thought was: How completely unnecessary. The private school bubble is closed enough as it is. I know because…

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Bette Midler’s Fifth Avenue Penthouse Goes on the Market for $50 Million

Bette Midler is selling her longtime family home on the Upper East Side, an airy triplex with lush landscaped gardens, complete with composter and shed, and sweeping vistas of the Central Park reservoir and Midtown skyline. Ms. Midler, an award-winning entertainer, and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, a performance artist, bought the penthouse at 1125…

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The Heir to a Tofu Dynasty Finally Learns to Make Tofu

Two years ago, Paul Eng decided to confront a reality he had been facing most of his life: He was the heir to a tofu tradition who had no idea how to make tofu. Mr. Eng’s grandfather learned the trade in the 1930s from fellow immigrants shortly after he arrived in Chinatown. He went on…

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Brought Together by Fate, and Three Finicky Cats

In the six months that Maria Sartzis and Oscar Pellicier have known each other, their relationship can be characterized as more no-frills than fussy. The two got to know each other under the glaring fluorescent lights of a Target store, and they chose a simple Spanish takeout restaurant for their first date. Ms. Sartzis and…

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From the Hamptons to Fashion Week

Capping off another Hamptons season, the Hampton Classic Grand Prix took place Sept. 1 in Bridgehampton, N.Y. And in a prelude to New York Fashion Week, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT honored Christian Louboutin at its awards luncheon on Sept. 4 at Lincoln Center.

Escaping Berlin for the Watery Wonders of the German Outdoors

From its source in southeastern Germany, near the Czech border, the Spree River flows steadily to the northwest, until it joins the Havel River in the Berlin borough of Spandau. Before it reaches the Havel, the Spree slices Berlin in two: a jagged cut from east to west. A double-decker regional train follows the Spree…

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The Second City Claims First in Architecture

On a sunny summer day in Chicago, visitors to the Chicago Architecture Center had only to cross busy Wacker Drive to board the tour boat that would take them past the architectural icons that line the Chicago River. On board, docents pointed out landmarks such as the white terra cotta Wrigley Building completed in 1924…

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How Ivy Mix, Cocktail Expert, Spends Her Sundays

Growing up in Vermont, Ivy Mix would rise at dawn to spend her Sundays riding horses. But when she became a bartender in New York City, Sundays were all about sleeping in. These days Ms. Mix, 33, is busy as a co-owner of Leyenda (Spanish for “legend”), a “pan-Latin cocktail bar” in Cobble Hill that…

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How High Tech Is Transforming One of the Oldest Jobs: Farming

This article is part of our ongoing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. Of all the out-of-the-box products a Silicon Valley tech start-up could offer, Bear Flag Robotics may be delivering the most unexpected: plowed fields. The company is developing autonomous tractors, a goal that…

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Coffee With the Man Who Used to Be My Wife

He walked through the coffee shop door and scanned the crowd. A familiar smile bloomed as he recognized me, despite how my appearance had changed over the years. I’m bald and bearded now, and heavier. I wear an extra decade on my face, and I’m more careful about how I dress. I was almost late…

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