Parks and Re-Creation

Cipriani 42nd Street, an Italianate former bank turned banquet hall, became an unlikely temple of old-school hip-hop on Tuesday night, at the Gordon Parks Foundation’s annual gala. Twenty of the 177 rappers who participated in an iconic group photograph taken in Harlem by Parks in 1998 gathered for an awards dinner. They included Fab 5…

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The Spirit of 1994 Is Alive and Well in Aimé Leon Dore

Generally, long before a clothing company makes history of its own, it channels history. Yesteryear is a steady source of ideas and moods, and heritage brands use it as both foothold and foundation. Picking an era in the past as a lodestar is a way of planting a creative flag, and mining and recombining its…

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A Hotel Bar With a (Gay) Twist

Hotel bars may be as ubiquitous as A.T.M.s these days, but how many cater specifically to queer patrons? No Bar, which opened in February at the Standard hotel in the East Village, is one. In addition to the usual gay bar trappings (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party and bingo night), it also hosts speed dating…

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21 Reasons Why The Bucket Bag is Still Going Strong

The bucket bag climbed the ranks of handbag fame four years ago, due in part to minimalist accessories label Mansur Gavriel. It. Was. Everywhere. It’s omniscient presence has caused some to denounce the bag in 2018, but we’re hesitant to give up on the roomy style just yet. Designers are reworking it in oversized beads,…

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Omega’s Moonwatch Enters the Stratosphere

It’s a big summer for 50th anniversaries: there’s Woodstock, the Stonewall riots and the Manson murders. But for watch geeks, only one matters: the Omega Speedmaster and its journey to the moon. Sure, three astronauts tagged along. And as every watch lover knows, they were outfitted with Omega’s storied Speedmaster Professional, known, forever after, as…

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Ebola, H.I.V., Spanish Flu, SARS — the 20th Century’s Deadliest Hits

THE PANDEMIC CENTURYOne Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and HubrisBy Mark Honigsbaum448 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $29.95. Some of the scenes in Mark Honigsbaum’s “The Pandemic Century” were so vivid they had me drafting movie treatments in my head. Midway through the book, I was picturing a doctor climbing the front steps of a…

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A Perfumer’s Fragrant Flower Salad

The Los Angeles-based perfumer Ezra Woods grew up in the 1990s surrounded by food and flowers. The florist business his parents ran — the Woods, which catered to celebrities and the Four Seasons Hotel — was across the street from Mezzaluna, the Brentwood trattoria that vaulted to notoriety during the O. J. Simpson trial. The…

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Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes

FORT WORTH — The 3-year-old boy who could upend a 40-year-old law aimed at protecting Native American children barreled into the suburban living room, merrily defying his parents’ prediction that he might be shy. He had a thatch of night-black hair and dark eyes that glowed with mischievous curiosity. As he pumped a stranger’s hand…

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Dolly Parton on Dollywood

Dolly Parton, dressed in a sequined lilac pantsuit with black piping and matching butterfly wings, stood on an outdoor stage on a recent Friday morning. Behind her was a 52-foot sculpture of a “Wildwood Tree,” with 620 acrylic butterflies. She was commemorating Wildwood Grove, a new six-acre addition to Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon…

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