New York Stories: A ‘Sugar Date’ Gone Sour

Chandler Fowles knew it wouldn’t be simple to move from Mystic, Conn., to New York City last year. But staying put held little appeal. Her degree in art history and fine arts from Eastern Connecticut State University wasn’t helping her land any job worth sticking around for. She was coming out of a tough breakup.…

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Herbert D. Kleber, Pioneer in Addiction Treatment, Dies at 84

Herbert David Kleber was born on June 19, 1934, in Pittsburgh to Dorothea (Schulman) and Max Kleber, both of whom were Eastern European Jewish immigrants. His father trained as a pharmacist before going into the family luggage business, “Kleber Trunk and Bag,” which manufactured soldiers’ footlockers during World War II. His mother raised bonds for…

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Wines of The Times: For Muscadet, Look Beyond the Obvious

Our No. 2 wine was the rich and textured Domaine du Fief aux Dames, while at No. 3 was the fresh, minerally La Pépie from Domaine de la Pépière, one of the best Muscadet producers. La Pépie is an accessible bottle, delicious now, while the more structured Pepière cuvées, like Briords, are at their best…

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Front Burner: For Relaxing Times, Japanese Gin and Vodka

When it comes to Japanese spirits, one thinks of whiskey and soju, not gin and vodka. But now those “white spirits,” notably gin, have seeped into the American market. Recently, Suntory — the Japanese distiller that has been in business near Kyoto since 1899 — started shipping its newest gin and vodka to the United…

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Front Burner: Helping Refugees, One Dish at a Time

Emma’s Torch — named for Emma Lazarus, whose poem is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty — is a Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, restaurant that’s also a nonprofit training facility to help refugees and survivors of human trafficking qualify for jobs in the hospitality field. Kerry Brodie, the founder and executive director, and…

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Front Burner: Chelsea’s Baking Shop Finds a New Home

The closing of the New York Cake Academy, the venerable baking supply house and cooking school this year, has a very happy ending. Lisa Mansour and Jenny Kashanian, the daughters of the founder, Joan Mansour, have moved the establishment into a larger space just a block away. The new store has a cafe in the…

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Front Burner: Add Art to an Opulent Dinner

A line of dinnerware designed by the artist Sol LeWitt and made to his specifications in Deruta, Italy, is a stunning addition to the Whitney Museum store. Serving pieces include this flat, 12-inch sharply patterned plate, for hors d’oeuvres, cheese and desserts like tarts and cakes. It’s worthy of display when not in use. There…

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7 Brands That’ll Save You a Ton of Time

The online retail landscape is crowded, to say the least, and the fastest-growing category of the e-commerce population might just be the direct-to-consumer brand. It feels like every month, another company pops up out of nowhere, promising quality products—from furniture to food and everything else in-between—without the extra step (or markup) of a middleman. Advertisement…

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