A Traditional, but Unexpected, Christmas Showstopper

I grew up largely unaware of Christmas. It wasn’t until my mid-20s, after leaving my home city of Jerusalem, that I heard carols or saw great, big roasted birds at the center of tables. It wasn’t until I lived with a man who grew up with those traditions that I tried any of those things…

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

“People want advice, they want guidance,” Mr. Lang said. “And it’s pretty hard.” The people most likely to make bad choices appear to be those least able to afford it. A recent study in the Netherlands, which offers insurance to everyone through an Obamacare-like marketplace, found that only 5 percent of Dutch customers did a…

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Magic Shows and Inner Beauty

With the New York charity circuit on hiatus, here is how some philanthropists and society figures are spending their time and resources during the coronavirus crisis. André Leon Talley Age: 72 Occupation: author, fashion journalist Favorite Charity: Housing Works Where have you been sheltering? I’ve been in my house in White Plains. It’s an old…

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Squirrel Tables Are the New Bird Feeders

Thelonious Munk sits down for an alfresco meal at a wooden table. He eagerly picks up a taco prepared with a walnut flour tortilla, which he sniffs before taking a few nibbles. He lingers for a bit after his meal before leaving. He scampers into a bush and through a tunnel — because he isn’t…

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This Brilliant E-Commerce Upgrade Could Change the Way You Holiday Shop

Online shopping is a godsend this time of year. And while it’s true that the convenience that comes with a digital cart and express shipping is appealing, there’s something about in-person browsing that gets the merry vibes going—especially after a homebound year that made leisure shopping a rarity. For those who take pleasure in scouting…

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The New Influencer Capital of America

ATLANTA — It’s no secret Atlanta is one of the nation’s great culture capitals, home to many power brokers in music, fashion and the arts — a city that, since the 1980s, has produced some of the biggest names in rap, R&B and hip-hop, and over the last decade, seen explosive growth in its entertainment…

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In Sickness and in Health, They Stayed in Sync

In July 2018, Jessica Vande Werken was nervously waiting for her date, Robin Imogene Goode, at Cubbyhole, a bar in Manhattan. They had matched on Tinder, and were meeting in person for the first time. When Ms. Goode walked into the bar, Ms. Vande Werken noticed her immediately. “She came in, and I was like,…

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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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