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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After a Generation, 2 Families in the Same Place Again

A classic best-friend’s-boyfriend connection brought Danica Gould and John Stamatis together, in 2015, but it eventually emerged that their connections went back another generation. Just a coincidence? The couple isn’t convinced. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2015, Ms. Gould’s closest friend from college was in New York, and invited a group of friends to…

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Long Chats Followed Their Alumni Reunion

Betsy Zeidman and David Kleeman were a year apart at Sidwell Friends School in Washington in the 1970s, though both were on the school newspaper and so knew each other casually. Their awareness of each other over the ensuing decades was limited to occasional Sidwell alumni updates. “I certainly was not tracking him,” said Ms.…

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