Kingston: A City Remade by the Coronavirus

Kingston, a small city in upstate New York, became my home four and a half years ago. Seeking space, affordability, green, and quiet, my husband and I traded Brooklyn for this city of 23,000. Unwittingly, we joined a slow-drip migration north. Since the arrival of coronavirus, though, what had been a steadily paced increase in…

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How Crocs Became the Unofficial Shoe of the Pandemic

When Allie Goertz encountered Crocs for the first time as a dorky, Wayne’s World-obsessed 13-year old, she instantly despised their bulbous, stippled silhouette. “I remember thinking, ‘They’re so ugly, never in a million years would I wear Crocs,’» she says. Eighteen years later, the musician and writer was self-quarantining at home in Los Angeles due…

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Trying to Make It Big Online? Getting Signed Isn’t Everything

This spring, Marcus Olin moved into a sprawling mansion in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles with seven other TikTok creators. His bedroom overlooked downtown Los Angeles, and waking up to the view every morning felt like a dream. “I was like, ‘Man, that’s my city,’” Mr. Olin, 21, said. “I felt like I…

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When Lamb Chops Met Romaine

There are some summer evenings so steamy that the only thing I can bear to eat is a giant bowl of leafy salad. And this whole month of August has been full of those kinds of nights, one sticky sunset after the next. But on what must have been our umpteenth salad, something had to…

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Beer Truly Is the Champagne of Cocktails

The next time you reach for a beer, you may want to look to the rest of your bar. Beer as a cocktail ingredient isn’t a revolutionary idea. It’s long played a part in drinkmaking. The original flips, concocted in the late 1600s, were made with beer, rum, sugar and whole egg, and served hot.…

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This Teen Designer Is Fighting to Make Fashion Accessible to All

Leah Zelaya has dreamed of being a designer for as long as she can remember. She studies fashion magazines, sketches out ideas for red-carpet looks, and even walked in a NYFW show earlier this year. Ask about her style icons and she’ll drop some of today’s biggest names: Jennifer Lopez, because she’s «not afraid to…

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A Large Coffee and a Marriage Proposal to Go

From the start, Ariel Schaap had cause to believe that Joshua Heisler might benefit from a caffeine infusion. They met in 2010 as pre-med students at Columbia, and among the first things he asked was whether he could borrow her biology lab notes. “Josh basically wanted to do less work,” said Dr. Schaap, an internist…

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35 Black-Owned Shoe Brands To Love and Support

Brother Vellies In the words of Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” Recent calls for change, including Aurora James 15 Percent Pledge, is challenging us to reevaluate our spending, be better consumers, and support a more diverse range of designers. It’s time to step up to the plate, and you can do…

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How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement

In 1920, the suffragist Molly Dewson sat down to write a letter of congratulations to Maud Wood Park, who had just been chosen as the first president of the League of Women Voters, formed in anticipation of the passage of the 19th Amendment to help millions of women carry out their newfound right as voters.…

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