The Bittersweet Tale of a Diner, a Toy Shop and a Changing New York

Customers were known to flow between the toy shop and Veselka. “If you took your sons to buy marbles at Dinosaur Hill, they’d probably need some raspberry pancakes to go with them,” said Kim Wurster, a preschool teacher at the nearby Third Street Music School. “And if you took your sons to get some pierogi…

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That New York Vibe and a Life in San Diego

At the beginning of their sophomore year, he met her friend Jen Buchholz, who was also learning CPR in preparation for a five-day Dartmouth wilderness trip. “I asked Jen who her friends are as a way of getting to know her,” he said. “When she said Ana Bowens, I let out this very guttural, ‘Oh,…

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How John Foley, Peloton Co-Founder, Spends His Sundays

John Foley, the chief executive of Peloton, seems a bit uncomfortable with sporting a company logo as a fashion choice. “OK, I don’t wear our vests because I actually want to,” said Mr. Foley, whose wife, Jill Foley, heads the apparel side of the remote fitness business. “Makes me feel like a tool, being the…

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They Had Given Up on Love

When Luke Rivett spotted Sunney Kohlhoss on March 1, 2019 at the Well, a bar in Los Angeles, both had recently given up on love, resolving halfheartedly, that they would be single forever. “When Sunney walked in, she took my breath away. I walked over to her and introduced myself,” said Mr. Rivett, 41, a…

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Dorian Electra, a Queer Pop Star Who Defies Genres

Name: Dorian Electra Age: 28 Hometown: Houston Now Lives: In a spacious Victorian-style house in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles, with nine roommates. Claim to Fame: Mx. Electra is a singer and producer known for genre-contorting pop songs and elaborate music videos. Mx. Electra’s 2019 debut album, “Flamboyant,” is a glittery confection of…

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Marking a Missed Wedding Date With a Bouquet

Dr. Karan Ganjawalla, a 32-year-old maxillofacial surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, ditched his scrubs for biking gear on May 23 and made a special house call. Hopping on his bike, and with a bouquet of flowers in tow, Dr. Ganjawalla pedaled seven miles to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to the family home of…

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The Third Proposal Stuck

Antia Adams couldn’t blame Carl Mumford Jr. for issuing a warning with his February 2019 marriage proposal. “He said, ‘If you lose this one, that’s it,’” Ms. Adams said. Mr. Mumford had already given her two engagement rings. She lost both. Ms. Adams and Mr. Mumford live in Savannah, Ga., and met in 2004 as…

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They Ended Up Believing in Marriage (and Santa Delivered)

Michele Pascuzzi and Brian Nowicki were adamant about not dating. Both had been married before — Ms. Pascuzzi was married twice and Mr. Nowicki once. Ms. Pascuzzi had a son; and Mr. Nowicki had a son with his first wife and two stepchildren. When their mutual friends offered to introduce them, each refused. “I was…

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Winning in the Contest of Love

When Jennifer McClay read the letter her friend Hannah Bentley sent to Cates Farm, a Hillsborough, N.C., events space that was holding a contest for essential workers hoping to win a free wedding package, she cried. In her October entry, Ms. Bentley wrote, “Though we always encouraged our friend Jennifer McClay to go on dates…

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Diamonds and Campaign Trails in Houston

The Westbury Little League is a sprawling collection of baseball diamonds lumped together like Cracker Jacks in Houston. The fields there vary in size to accommodate players at different stages of youth. If you’d walked onto one of the larger fields on a Saturday in the early 1990s, you would likely have found a 12-year-old…

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