How May We Serve You? For Restaurant Chains, It Depends on the Location

Executives at the Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão thought they had seen the worst of it. Earlier in the year, when seemingly each hour brought news of another city or state abruptly shutting down because of the pandemic, executives switched from email to the messaging system WhatsApp to communicate in real time with the…

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Christmas Is Coming. Cue the Guilt Trips and Tears.

They are fraught conversations, some ending with a forlorn “that’s OK” or a vague promise to gather in the new year. Others conclude in frustration, or even in tears. Weeks after Thanksgiving celebrations were upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the winter holidays have ushered in another round of emotionally charged exchanges among families who want…

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The Classical Concert That Changed Their Lives

Carrie Sun and Christopher Cerrone met on April 20, 2018 in Manhattan after a classical music concert held at St. Peter’s Church. She had just quit her job at a hedge fund and was planning to leave New York. Her movers were coming in 21 days. Even so, they had drinks after the concert and…

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Zoom Cocktails 2.0: The Holiday Edition

The Zoom party can certainly disappoint, especially when we’re all frayed after months of isolation. For Thanksgiving, Erica Dumas, a publicist in Wood-Ridge, N.J., tried to replicate a large holiday gathering with her extended family. Seven households participated. Ms. Dumas, her mother and her sister came up with the dishes, sharing the menu with the…

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A Power Couple Finds the Spark Once Again

When Hal Aronson walked Dr. Laura Stachel back to the hospital after their first meeting in March 1999, neither wanted to say goodbye. They weren’t at all each other’s type, yet their chemistry was instant. They hugged. The two had connected on Match.com, then met for coffee at 8 a.m. during the hour break between…

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Holiday Lights Go Big This Year

Normally, the crowds get heavy in the days before Christmas, where the wait can be an hour and a half long, with cars backed up for miles, a phenomenon that baffles Mr. Gay, an engineer. “Why would anybody do that? I’d turn around in a heartbeat,” said Mr. Gay, who uses his home’s popularity to…

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How New York City Vaccinated 6 Million People in Less Than a Month

“It stands out as a remarkable achievement by any measure,” Dr. DiMaggio said. “It was a public health triumph.” Dr. Weinstein resigned from his post in November 1947, seven months after the smallpox outbreak. He left behind a blueprint for containing an infectious disease in a large, dense city. But this time, with the coronavirus…

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Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever

On a day trip from Washington, one can experience the region’s novelties: hiking along brisk ocean shores, watching migratory swans from the Arctic and even visiting the former turf of the abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman. Embarking early from Washington and heading east across the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal wetlands that surround it delivers…

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For Those Behind Corporate Events, Parties Are on Pause

Even when the pandemic subsides and events again take place, few expect revenues to match those of the “before times” until 2022 or even 2023, Mr. Fiscus said. It will take time for corporate and personal clients to feel secure scheduling a big event, in part depending on vaccination rates and because of lingering unease…

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They Passed the Ikea Test

Even the most loving couples can struggle to put together a simple Ikea bookshelf without arguments and acrimony. But Amy Lai Wong and Michael Jastrzebski, who were married Nov. 29 at their home in Newark, Calif., bonded over much more complicated projects while working together as the only two mechanical engineers at a technology start-up…

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