New York’s Gay Bars Fear They Won’t Survive the Pandemic

Protesters have returned to the Stonewall Inn again and again in recent weeks to demand an end to police brutality, raising their fists, taking a knee and holding moments of silence on the same ground where a riot in 1969 helped spark the modern gay rights movement. But public health restrictions have kept the Greenwich…

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6 Books to Help You Grasp How We Got to This Moment

No book can provide a full understanding of the complex pain and enduring injustice that is the recent wave of countrywide protests. But books can provide context and texture, and memoirs and sociology texts by black writers have been flying off the shelves. So have history books. And history is important here: While the protests…

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Turn Your Trash Into Art

One question that you’ve most likely asked yourself thanks to spending so much time at home is, “How do I go through so many containers?” Hollie Velten-Lattrell, who runs a creative design studio in Maplewood, N.J., can’t exactly answer that. But she does have an innovative way to repurpose your empty cans, toilet paper rolls…

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Posting a Black Square, but Not Black Faces

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. When the protests over George Floyd’s killing by police were at their height, the suitcase brand Away posted an Instagram message saying that its team was “doing the work…

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A Long Night of ‘Flower Flashing’ With Lewis Miller

It was 3:37 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn when Lewis Miller let out a sigh of relief. “Right here is my happy place,” the 46-year-old florist and guerrilla artist said. After zhushing a coral peony and throwing in a few gerbera daisies, he stood back to consider the framing of his six-by-four-foot orange-hued flower…

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How the Pandemic Has Affected Passports, Global Entry, T.S.A. PreCheck and More

After three months of travel at a near-standstill, restrictions are slowly lifting and travelers are venturing out again. On Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 544,000 people, a daily record since traveler numbers plummeted in late March. However, disruptions caused by the pandemic go beyond just airports and travel bans. Nearly two million…

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Brazil Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 54,000 in a Day

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA popular shopping street in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday.Credit…Amanda Perobelli/Reuters Brazil passes one million cases after reporting a one-day total of more than 54,000. Brazil on Friday became the second country to pass one million coronavirus cases, recording a staggering 54,771 cases in the past 24 hours —…

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The 1865 Handwritten Order Marking Juneteenth Has Been Found

Archivists in Washington, D.C., made a timely discovery this week: the original handwritten Union Army record of an order that brought emancipation to enslaved people in Texas at the end of the Civil War. General Order No. 3 was read aloud by a Union officer, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, in Galveston on June 19, 1865,…

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Leo Sheng, a Trans Activist Who Stars in ‘The L Word’

Name: Leo Sheng Age: 24 Hometown: Born in Hunan, China and raised in Ypsilanti, Mich. Now lives: In a four-bedroom house in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles that he shares with roommates. Claim to fame: Mr. Sheng is a Chinese-American actor and transgender activist who stars in “The L Word: Generation Q,” a reboot…

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