For a ‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer, a Permanent Musical Guest

Two years ago, fresh from the breakup of a seven-year relationship, Rebin Shah, also known as the Swedish rapper Rebstar, was urged by friends to join Raya, a dating and networking app for people in the entertainment industry. Although skeptical, he agreed to give it a try. “There were a lot of familiar names on…

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Where Is Kamala Harris on Medicare for All vs. Private Insurance?

On the debate stage Thursday, Senator Kamala Harris raised her hand, seemingly in support of a government insurance proposal that would eliminate employer insurance. On Friday, she said she had misunderstood the question. The wording of the question left room for confusion, but Ms. Harris also has a history of making conflicting statements on the…

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A Show-Stopping Cake With Old-Fashioned Charm

When my friend Ursula Reshoft-Hegewisch offers to bring dessert, my answer is always yes. Over the years, she’s arrived at my door with all manner of elaborate confections — a sachertorte, a chocolate-hazelnut cake, assortments of Viennese Christmas cookies, and a billowing almond dacquoise filled with mocha buttercream, each carefully made in the kitchen of…

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How the Face of Big Gay Ice Cream Spends His Sundays

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It’s been 10 years since Doug Quint parked his Big Gay Ice Cream Truck at the northwest corner of Union Square in Manhattan for the first time. This is where he and his business partner, Bryan Petroff, got their…

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Swordfish and Salsa, Summer on a Plate

During the summer grilling season, swordfish makes a succulent meal, one I look forward to. With longstanding environmental and sustainability issues, however, it hasn’t always been so easy to recommend with a clear conscience. Because of overfishing, swordfish numbers were dangerously low for many years. But after a long-term boycott and moratorium put in place…

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T.G.I. Summer

Summer is the scent of sunblock and the taste of soft serve and dinner at dusk. It is hot dogs with ketchup and corn gnawed off the cob. It is salty and sweet, and it is finally here. Some people love winter cooking and baking, the woolen hygge of it all, but to me this…

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Conquering More Than the Usual Worries at Summer Camp

For 8-year-old Ella Maners, the highlights of a week at summer camp were playing Pictionary by drawing in shaving cream with her toes and careening down a water slide. They sound like typical camp fare, but for Ella and other children who attend the Fear Facers Summer Camp in Gainesville, Fla., the activities are designed…

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Morning people may have lower breast cancer risk

Could being a morning or an evening person be a risk factor for breast cancer? A large study suggests that women who are morning people could be at lower risk. New research suggests that women who find it easier to wake up early in the morning may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.…

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When Is Being Together Worth $5.50 an Hour? Please Solve

After Will moved away last December, mornings were hardest. He had a habit of sleeping with one hand crossed over his chest, like an old woman clutching her pearls, and I missed the 10 minutes before he woke up that I often spent staring at him, wondering how he could be comfortable like that. Mornings…

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