How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President

On Sept. 23, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn left a virtual meeting of the White House’s coronavirus task force to take a call from the president’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Mr. Meadows was angry with Dr. Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, for pushing new guidelines for vaccine developers, according to two…

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Antibody Treatments, Though Promising, Will Be in Short Supply

Nearly two weeks ago, President Trump told Americans that they would soon be getting an antibody treatment that he had promoted, without evidence, as a “cure” for the coronavirus. This weekend, as the country braced for another major wave of coronavirus infections, Mr. Trump’s health secretary promised such therapies were just around the corner. But…

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Wear Your Heart on Your Feet

The signature of the Flour Shop bakery in SoHo — owned by Amirah Kassem and her husband, Ross Harrow — is sparkly sprinkle-strewn rainbow-striped confections, especially birthday cakes. Now Vans, a California footwear and apparel company, has taken the Flour Shop look as inspiration for its new line. Glittery footwear for all ages with rainbow…

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City Winery Opens in Hudson River Park

Headliner City Winery New York City In the midst of the pandemic, it pays to have lots of space. Michael Dorf, the owner of City Winery, a group of wine, food and music spaces, has just such a location: 32,000 square feet on a renovated Hudson River pier that can accommodate 200 socially distanced indoor…

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The Blood-Broth Noodles at Pata Paplean Are Elusive No More

Before the pandemic, Pata Paplean’s nam tok boat noodles would slosh briefly into view each Saturday around noon and stay there until 5 p.m., all times being highly approximate. The next afternoon the noodles would return to the bar. Then they would disappear until the following weekend, when they would come back for another ten-hour…

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Presidential Elections May Be Bad for Your Health

The stress of presidential elections may increase the incidence of heart attacks and strokes, researchers report. Scientists tracked hospitalizations for acute cardiovascular disease in the weeks before and after the 2016 presidential election among about three million adults who were enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health care system. The study, in PNAS, found…

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Madewell Launches New Athleisure Category

As if you needed another reason to love Madewell, the beloved brand whose denim offerings have become a mainstay in many closets—including famous ones, like Meghan Markle’s—here’s one more: Madewell athleisure. For the first time ever, Madewell is making its foray into the athleisure market with a collection aptly titled Make Weekends Longer. Madewell’s customers’…

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Frenchette Opens a Bakery Nearby

Last year, Roger Gural closed his esteemed Arcade Bakery in the lobby of a TriBeCa office building. The space has now been taken over by Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, the owners of the nearby restaurant Frenchette. Their head baker, Peter Edris, formerly at Bourke Street Bakery, and Frenchette’s pastry chef, Michelle Palazzo, monitor the…

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Silicon Valley-Loved Shoe Brand Allbirds Is Expanding into Fashion

If you’re a Silicon Valley exec, a great aunt living in Vermont, or a celebrity who uses their platform responsibly (say, for example, Oprah, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington or even Barack Obama), you already know about Allbirds and own a style yourself. For the uninitiated, Allbirds launched a first-of-its-kind sneaker made from merino wool (a…

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