How Tiffany Moved 114,000 Gems Without Getting Robbed

Tiffany & Company had millions of dollars’ worth of shining, sparkling jewelry in its famous Fifth Avenue store on Sunday: $4,000 rings that spell the world “love” in small diamonds, $165,000 diamond necklaces, and even a $2.475 million engagement ring that weighs as much as a bullet. Those things had to leave, along with hundreds…

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Where Trails Are for Skating, Not Hiking

The wait for my rental car at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport last February was slow, but the talk was breakaway fast. I joined the line with a National Hockey League scout for the New Jersey Devils on his way to a tournament to look at promising teenage skaters. “Skating is a way of life…

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Fondue Is Just the Beginning

Yes, that’s the Matterhorn on the cover of this handsome, substantial cookbook and guide to the Alpine region of Europe. The book tours the mostly snow-covered terrain of Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, with plates of mostly rustic comfort food at every welcoming inn and warming hut. Who knew there could be so many bread…

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Here’s How to Keep Your Cat Forever

After I learned that Frances, my 13-year-old black cat, was dying of heart disease — her heart is too large, beating too fast — my first impulse was to think about how best to commemorate her, when the time came. To distract myself from a vague but grave prognosis, I took my anxiety to Google,…

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A Nice Price for Truffled Pasta and Wine

Those who have not already embarked on a New Year’s regimen of cucumbers and seltzer can still partake of a holiday-style meal at Bar Pleiades on the Upper East Side. For the month of January at lunch and dinner, the bar offers a plate of creamy wild mushroom fettuccine, showered with fresh black truffles at…

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Nashville Hot Chicken Finds a New Home in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — At the bar, a man insisted on Hotville’s hottest level of hot chicken (“Nashville hot”), though he hadn’t tasted medium or even mild before. The cooks had seen this a hundred times, and when the chicken came out — a large, gleaming quarter of a bird — a teasing call came from…

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To the Contrary, Trump Has Tried to Weaken Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

President Trump was not in Washington when the Affordable Care Act passed and established a right to health insurance for Americans with pre-existing health conditions. His first legislative priority as president was a bill that would have repealed key parts of Obamacare and weakened such protections. His Justice Department is arguing in court that the…

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Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer

The threat of air pollution grabs our attention when we see it — for example, the tendrils of smoke of Australian brush fires, now visible from space, or the poisonous soup of smog that descends on cities like New Delhi in the winter. But polluted air also harms billions of people on a continuing basis.…

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Soup’s On!

Good morning. The air was soft this weekend in New York, balmy, leaving everyone blinking, a little stunned, caught between the pleasure of the weather and the calendar facts. One hundred years ago, the average temperature for this date in this city hovered below freezing. That average temperature, The Times reported on January 12, 1920,…

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Gucci’s Alessandro Michele on His Job Prospects

MILAN — Almost five years to the week since the lightning strike that was Alessandro Michele’s debut at Gucci — an event that business schools will study for a long time to come — the designer found himself reflecting on his own inevitable obsolescence. “Maybe one day I will not be relevant,’’ Mr. Michele said…

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