The Champagne Empress of Greenwich Village

“I have a solid six ideas every single day for a business,” said Ariel Arce, the owner of two Greenwich Village hot spots: Tokyo Record Bar and Air’s Champagne Parlor. “That’s not to say that all of those are good ideas. But because I’m naturally really impulsive, I just want to do it and I…

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Chicken Soup, but Make It Sassy

Chicken soup is a warm, comforting, cure-all, home-cooking classic. It is also maybe a little boring. Not that there’s anything wrong with a clear golden broth flecked with bits of chicken and thin carrot coins. It is delicious, of course, and sometimes — especially if you’re not feeling your best — boring is good, and…

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The New Old Age: Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might.

Donna Kaye Hill realized that her 80-year-old mother was faltering cognitively when her phone suddenly stopped working. When Ms. Hill called the phone company, “they told me she hadn’t paid her bill in three months.” Finding other alarming evidence of memory gaps, she took her mother, Katie, to a memory clinic. A geriatrician there diagnosed…

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Modern Love: The Tallest Man I Ever Loved

My therapist believed that if you wanted to manifest something in your life, you needed to focus your energy on that thing. I decided to apply this to my search for love, so I made a list only a 22-year-old could make. I wanted the man of my dreams to be: 1. Taller than me…

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Christian Louboutin Helps to Restore His Boyhood Hangout

PARIS — When the shoe designer Christian Louboutin was a boy growing up in eastern Paris, he would while away hours in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an Art Deco building then used as a museum of the indigenous arts of Africa and Oceania, with an extensive aquarium in the basement. The museum, which…

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in her words: Women’s History Myths, Debunked

CreditDominic Kesterton It’s Women’s History Month! You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “History isn’t what happened. It’s who tells the story.” — Sally Roesch Wagner, a women’s studies scholar and author In her…

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Fashion Review: The Glamour Cure

PARIS — Deep in the concrete bowels of the Palais de Tokyo, the modern art museum of Paris, down a plunging staircase with walls covered in angry graffiti, amid racks of clothes and roaming models (some of whom were sporting little horns jutting from their foreheads, or with flattened noses), the designer Rick Owens pshawed…

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Big Ticket: Manhattan’s New Luxury Skyscrapers Continue to Fill Up

Sky-high closings continued in February at 220 Central Park South, 520 Park Avenue and 70 Vestry Street, the limestone high-rises designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects that are among Manhattan’s most expensive and talked-about new residences. Four sponsor apartments in these buildings sold to anonymous buyers for more than $30 million apiece, and one for…

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Vows: A Real-Life Fairy Tale That Crossed the Sea of Japan

When Hannah Ryles was a junior at a Tokyo high school in 2008, she was determined to attend David Lee’s junior prom. “I loved him,” Ms. Ryles said, “and nothing was going to stop me from being with him that night.” Her father, Richard Ryles, a retired colonel in the United States Army, already knew…

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