When Department Stores Were Theater

After the hundreds of jobs going poof and the thus-far inadequate discounts, the saddest thing about the closure of Barneys New York is that its signature naughty window displays will recede even further in collective memory. A Hail Mary campaign earlier this year imploring shoppers to go inside even as the store declared bankruptcy (“STRUT…

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Luxe Gifts Anyone on Your List Would Love to Get

Medium Duplex Dog House with Heater Boomer & George hayneedle.com $323.00 Humans aren’t the only ones who deserve a little pampering. If she treats her dog like her first-born child, she’s probably in the market for a swanky new dog house—and bonus points if it has heat to keep them toasty when the snow starts…

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Khampa Kitchen Preserves Tibetan Food and Culture in Queens

A few times a year, Thupten Bachan’s family sets out into the mountains near their home in the Kham region of Tibet to forage for herbs — mostly parsley, coriander and chives — that they’ll bring back, clean and dry for the months to come. Mr. Bachan and his fiancée, the chef Tashi Dechen, opened…

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The Trick to Hosting a Better Holiday Party

Home bartenders aren’t often stuck in high-volume situations. But combine guests in dry-clean-only clothes with social anxiety and suddenly you’re hosting a holiday party, and frantically making drinks for a horde. Instead of spending the night juggling sticky shakers and unfinished conversations, or relying on assorted beers from a bathtub filled with ice, welcome guests…

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The Best Wine Books Are Not Always About Wine

The best wine book I read this year was not about wine. It was about cider, though not entirely. It was really about trees and places, agriculture and culture, and the tension between nature and industry. All of which is about wine and a lot more. “Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider and the Complicated Art…

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Peter Berlin, the ’70s Gay Sex Symbol, Takes New York

During the 1970s, Peter Berlin became a sex symbol of gay culture, a real-life Tom of Finland who photographed himself in parks, train stations and other cruising grounds. Last Thursday, the man who created that character — Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen Huene — was in New York to celebrate his new book, “Peter Berlin:…

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What to Consider Before Trading Your Health Data for Cash

After I signed up for my insurance plan, I got an email with a link to a “wellness program” that, if I traded some health data — such as steps from a pedometer or smartwatch exercise data — could earn me a small monthly payout and some gift cards. But the second I logged in,…

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A Few Words of Thanksgiving Advice

Good morning. We’ll get to the recipes soon enough, to this insanely good macaroni and cheese (above), to Julia Moskin’s hashed brussels sprouts, to gravy instruction and a whole lot more. This is perhaps the time you need recipes most, of any time of year. But there are two important points to make before we…

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The Best Celebrity Red Carpet Looks of 2019, From Jennifer Lopez and Zendaya

In 2019, celebrities used the red carpet to whisk us away from worry, inspire our closets, and drain our clothing budgets. Consider this a formal ode to Timothée Chalamet’s glittery hoodie and a remembrance of everything Zendaya’s ever owned. From Billy Porter’s revolutionary Oscars ensemble to Beyoncé’s Lion King premiere gown, we reflect on the…

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Love Over Labels

Most of the time, I have no idea what Mohammed is saying when I hear him on the phone with his family in Morocco. But I feel a sense of comfort in his elevated tone and unfamiliar words often laced with laughter and strung together to form an Arabic conversation that my daughter and I…

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