My AirPods Pro Make Me Feel Rich, Beautiful and Famous

Courtesy AirPods Pro Apple apple.com $249.00 As an AirPods convert—now enthusiast—I once held reservations about the divisive product. But slowly, something happened. Everyone from Kristen Stewart to Henry Golding were fans, and eventually I accepted that AirPods are not just cool, but sexy. I wrote about my scientific findings proving that AirPods maketh the hot…

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Welcome Home! I Did a Little Redecorating

Returning home from a trip during which my in-laws stayed with our kids, I discovered my mother-in-law had replaced our kitchen chairs with a set she bought at a neighbor’s garage sale. Who does that? When I saw them, I said, “I have chairs.” She ignored me and asked my husband what he thought. He…

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36 Hours in Berlin

On Nov. 9, 1989, the East German government made a surprising announcement: It was easing up travel restrictions on its citizens. East Berliners flocked to the nearest border crossings at the Berlin Wall, especially at Checkpoint Charlie, the famed crossing between the divided Berlins. Not long after that, Berliners from the east and west began…

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Room for Everyone at the Table

This article is part of a series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. Steve Palmer has opened dozens of restaurants over the course of his career. He knows how to coax the…

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Eden Rock, a St. Barts Favorite, Reopens Its Doors

Eden Rock, a popular luxury resort in St. Barts, will reopen its doors on Nov. 20, for the first time since Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean two years ago and left hundreds of hotels on St. Barts and nearby islands destroyed and inoperable. For the past year, these accommodations have slowly been reopening, but…

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A Defense of Clowns

Joaquin Phoenix’s murderous clown in the film “Joker” has stirred up serious concerns about violence this fall. And for many people, the role of a clown as supervillain bolsters a long-held conviction that double-faced clowns are evil. But I’m here to offer a defense. As the mother of a child with special needs, clowns helped…

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How to Eat Alone (and Like It)

When the ancient Roman politician Lucius Lucullus noticed his night’s menu looking dull, he gave instructions to his cook to prepare a lavish, multiple-course feast. When the cook asked what type of guests to expect, he responded with indignation: “Dost thou not know that today Lucullus dines with Lucullus?” For Lucullus, meals were more than…

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‘Retail Mayhem’: The Fight for Barneys Goes to Court

It’s D-Day for Barneys New York — and, potentially, the entire high fashion retail world. On Thursday, a bankruptcy court judge in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is expected to rule on the fate of the famed retailer. It’s a decision that could have repercussions far from the corner of 61st and Madison in Manhattan — and not…

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Foie Gras, Served in 1,000 Restaurants in New York City, Is Banned

Lutèce served it seared, with dark chocolate sauce and bitter orange marmalade. Le Cirque offered it in classic terrine form, but also served it with rabbit and bacon and made it the scene-stealer in a ravioli dish. But Lutèce closed in New York in 2004. Le Cirque shut its last Manhattan location in 2017. And…

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