The Interloper on Avenue B

In the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 1988, Jerry Saltz, now the art critic for New York Magazine but then a struggling 35-year-old writer, stared out from his 10th-floor apartment in Christodora House and watched an angry mob below shouting, “Kill yuppies.” It was the night of the Tompkins Square Park riot, a violent …

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When Donald Met Melania, Paolo Was There

A couple of weekends ago, Paolo Zampolli received a text message from Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican candidate for president, urging him to give her a call. The next day, Mr. Zampolli, a former modeling agent who had discovered the Slovenian 20 years ago in Milan, listened as Ms. Trump expressed anguish over …

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Scene City: Rihanna, Drake and DJ Khaled Party After the V.M.A.’s

Scene City By BEN DETRICK Without meat dresses or controversial interruptions, the MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday at Madison Square Garden, lacked some of the event’s usual spectacle. But afterward, there were plenty of opportunities to see and be seen as after-parties spilled across Manhattan. Around midnight, crowds began pouring into Vandal, a clubby …

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Venus Williams, Off the Court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Venus Williams’s ability to get around a tennis court quickly is well known. She is 6-foot-1 and nearly can get from one side to the other in a single side-step-leap-slide. Less known is her speed in taking meetings. Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Ms. Williams hit nearly every department of …

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Venus Williams Gave Me a Tennis Lesson

“Katie, I am noting your split step isn’t happening.” Those words set into motion the best tennis lesson I’ve ever received. It was from Venus Williams. I had traveled from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., to spend an afternoon with Ms. Williams, to report on her off-court endeavors. (She is studying for a …

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Vows: United in Love, But Living on Separate Coasts

Vows By JESSE McKINLEY Of all the skills needed to be a successful museum director — curating collections, charming donors, keeping the lights on — perhaps the most crucial are having a good eye and knowing what you like when you see it. So it was for Anne-Imelda Radice, the executive director of the American …

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Scene Stealers: From Pro Football to Hollywood, Trevor Pryce’s Plan B

Scene Stealers By BROOKS BARNES LOS ANGELES — When Trevor Pryce retired as a pro football player in 2011, it would have been very easy for him to sit around in his boxer shorts all day, every day: Don’t disturb me, I’m watching “Judge Judy.” He had millions of dollars in the bank after spending …

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Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Designer for the ‘Fragile, but Strong,’ Dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel, the Paris fashion designer who planted her contrarian flag on the Left Bank in the 1960s, flouted haute couture conventions and created chic ready-to-wear clothes that caught on around the world with generations of women on the go, died on Thursday at her home in Paris. She was 86. The death was announced …

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At Home With: An Artful Life in Four Shipping Containers

Lars Fisk has weathered two hurricanes in the four shipping containers he calls home. Once planted on the edge of the Costco parking lot that abuts the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, the containers were moved last year to a slim, weedy lot in Red Hook, Brooklyn. To prepare for the next …

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