Brave New Arrivals

By bridge and parkway, to country spreads and childhood bedrooms, and for short stays and permanent moves, tens of thousands of residents have streamed out of New York City over the past few months to escape the pandemic. But some buyers and renters have zigged while others zagged. They spent the spring snapping up apartments…

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A First Kiss, Again

Danit Naomi Aronson and Taro Kimura were college sweethearts after they met at Tufts at the end of 1998. Two decades later they got together again when she reached out after seeing him as a recommended connection on the professional networking website LinkedIn. “She was creative-looking, wore bright colors and had a lot of energy,”…

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Having Fun on and Off the Campaign Trail

The initial introduction between Victoria Everett and Tracy Mitrano was as traditional as it gets. They had a friend in common who thought they might make a match, and both agreed to meet. A few days before Christmas in 2016 the friend brought Ms. Everett over to Dr. Mitrano’s house, who then lived in Ithaca,…

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They Always Felt Like a Couple

Remley Johnson and Robert Flock like to say that they met the old-fashioned way: out on the town, through mutual friends, at a piano bar. And a few days later they actually bumped into each other in Washington, where he lived and where she was working as a summer intern, as a program assistant at…

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Walking on Air for 50 City Blocks

Dr. David Kim had deliberately walked slowly to the bus stop in Kips Bay in Manhattan after church in the fall of 2018 knowing Sarah Ryu was finishing up a meeting there and could catch up. Ms. Ryu then dashed out knowing Dr. Kim had left earlier. “Oh hi, are you on your way home?”…

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Finding True Love Again

Joe Smith admitted that during his nearly 50-year marriage to Claranel Smith, who died in January 2017, he had been seeing another woman — his psychologist. “Throughout my entire marriage, my entire life, really, I knew I was gay,” said Mr. Smith, 76, a retired associate district court judge who lived in Des Moines before…

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What Happens When You’re Disabled but Nobody Can Tell

This article is part of a series exploring how the Americans With Disabilities Act has shaped modern life for disabled people. Listen to This Article Computer-generated audio recording. I have depression and anxiety. These conditions are well-controlled most of the time, but when I have a significant dip, no one makes anything easier for me…

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Staying in New York

Jim Curtis was a man in conflict this past spring as he watched the pandemic-panicked flee New York City for their country homes. “You start to see everyone leaving, and you think you need to leave too,” said Mr. Curtis, 44, brand head at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a health coaching business, who divides…

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Help Shape Our Reporting on Disability and Accessibility in America

Nearly every person experiences disability at some point in life, or knows someone with a disability. For many of us, living with a disability is deeply personal and intrinsic to who we are, but it also can be isolating. I’ve experienced this myself; five years ago I learned I have Crohn’s disease, an incurable inflammatory…

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Stayin’ Alive: How Disco Saved Daddy

After he and Mom divorced, Dad went out some weekends with a group from church. The group, made up entirely of divorced people, was called “Singles Again,” an unfortunate name for a collection of people whose failed marriages had already caused them enough trauma. The church might as well have gone all-out “Scarlet Letter” and…

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