How to Start a Neighborhood Association

So you’re thinking about creating a neighborhood association. Shared crises have frequently galvanized community action, in formal and informal ways, and perhaps you’d like to corral that energy into organizing within your own area. These days, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, mutual aid networks have been incubated on Slack and ad hoc associations…

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Beyond the Instagram Black Square

For the last week, ever since the killing of George Floyd galvanized the world to confront not just the history of police brutality against black people but our own complicity in allowing it to happen, the social media feeds of fashion brands and influencers have filled up with black squares and statements of solidarity. And…

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Cool Off, Even Without a Deep End

The end of the school year is approaching, and the usual summer diversions like a trip to the local pool are most likely out of the question. (How can you reliably stay six feet apart in the water?) Luckily, there are other ways to stay wet and cool, even without big group gatherings. Here are…

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How to Have Friends Over Safely

Even as states open up and, in some places, restaurants start to serve sit-down meals again, having friends in the house even for a short while remains a bad idea, experts say. Getting together outside — on blankets spaced apart in a park or on the deck or front porch or lawn at your home…

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Coronavirus Claims Some of World War II’s Last Witnesses

Here’s what you need to know: ImageOn Italy’s Liberation Day in April, residents of Milan placed flowers in memory of the partisans who died during World War II. The ranks of those who remember the war have been diminished by the coronavirus.Credit…Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times In Europe, the virus has taken some…

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Make Sorbet from Canned Fruit

For a quick, satisfying summer refreshment, all you need is a can of fruit, a food processor and a freezer. This method was the brainchild of Melanie Bernard, a columnist for Bon Appétit magazine who in 1996 was commissioned by the Steel Packaging Council, a trade group, to find some new uses for canned food.…

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Is It Safe to Go to a Pool During Coronavirus?

The weather is finally turning and you’re ready for that cherished summer tradition: spending the day lounging by the outdoor pool or splashing through a water park. But is the pandemic going to dash your watery summer dreams? If you’re safe and understand the risks, not necessarily. First, the growing consensus among experts is that…

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W.H.O. Finally Endorses Masks to Prevent Coronavirus Transmission

Long after most nations urged their citizens to wear masks, and after months of hand-wringing about the quality of the evidence available, the World Health Organization on Friday endorsed the use of face masks by the public to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, surprisingly, the W.H.O. had refused to…

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These Brownies Are as Sweet as Candy

I’ve been waking up very early lately. And sometimes, in those anxious predawn hours, I get an overwhelming desire to creep quietly into the kitchen and bake. This week, I craved chewy, salty butterscotch brownies, the kind made with browned butter, and almost enough dark brown sugar to make your teeth ache. But not quite.…

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Take Care of Yourself and Others

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Instead of my usual introduction, I want to direct you to a letter that Sam Sifton sent out today about NYT Cooking and our values. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it. Please take care of yourself and others. If that includes cooking, then I hope…

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