This One Is for the Focaccia Lovers

Ever since I went to college nearby, V&T Restaurant and Pizzeria in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan has made my ideal of the eggplant pizza. Covered with stretchy mozzarella and loads of deep-fried eggplant slices (probably the same ones they used for parmigiana), it is crisp, gooey, creamy and without any of the pizza…

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She Fell in Love, and the Dog Approved

In June 2018, when Tara Harper told Frederick Rahr that she was going to drive eight hours round trip, from Dallas to Pasadena, Texas, to pick up an elderly and neglected German shepherd, she never imagined the man she had been seeing for just a few months would volunteer to join her. When he did,…

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How to Choose the Right New York City Suburb

For some New Yorkers, urban life is a phase, to be experienced between college and the birth of a first or second child. The question of moving to the suburbs is not “whether,” so much as “when.” Now with the pandemic, the timetable for departure is accelerated. “The calls started coming in: ‘We’re ready,’” said…

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A Running Mate Found in the Crowd

Alice Muglia and William Russo had been running in the same political circles since 2012, when she was working for the re-election of President Barack Obama and he was working in the White House for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is now the presumptive Democratic nominee. “We were always a part of the…

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Getting Your Home Ready for Your Pandemic Puppy

Nicole Crystal’s house in Oradell, N.J., wasn’t always a fun house for her Goldendoodle. Before she bought Bowie three years ago, she regularly polished the vintage pine floors of her 19th-century home, had a cozy reading nook in a corner of the living room, and covered her white sofa with colorful throw pillows. Now, Bowie…

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A Little Birdie Gave Him the Scoop at the Zoo

Eric Wasserman Stern and Evan Michael Zuzik figure they have eaten more than a thousand scoops of ice cream together, at least. “Our favorite place is Mitchell’s in Cleveland,” said Mr. Stern, where they had lived before moving to Durham, N.C., in 2019. Mr. Stern’s go-to flavors were amaretto cookie, when it was in season,…

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Finally an Upgrade From the ‘Training Rings’

Two years ago, at the checkout counter of a five-and-dime store in Guerneville, Calif., Ted Boerner and Rabbi Oren Postrel looked down into the display case and saw rings in black velvet boxes for sale, at $7.99, $8.99 and $9.99. They were in town to attend a wedding, Mr. Boerner explained, so perhaps commitment was…

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A Missed Connection, Six Years Later

Caroline Anderson and Robert Parisot can point to the day they almost met in 2011. They were both students at Harvard Law School at the time, and Ms. Anderson, who was in her third year, was participating in Harvard Law School’s Ames Moot Court Competition, a competition for appellate brief writing and advocacy. Mr. Parisot,…

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Firefighters Called to Duty Hours Before Their Wedding

Danielle Day was watching her bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done a few hours before her July 18 wedding when the alert came in. “I looked at my phone and said, ‘Oh, there’s a structure fire,’” she said. Her four wedding attendants, in various states of updos, sensed what was coming. “My sister tried…

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Between Reps at the Gym, a Strong Connection

When Lauren Maillian joined the New York Sports Club in Harlem, her intention was to work out. Robert Palmer had the same desire. In January 2017 that goal changed for both. “I had seen Lauren around. She’s one of the few women who lifted weights and she was stunning,” said Mr. Palmer, 30, the owner…

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