You Can Dance. You Can Jive, Geraldine Visco.

“I’m an extrovert,” said Geraldine Visco, wearing a bell-bottom body suit, gold chains, a pink cowboy hat, neon blue lipstick and little stars painted on her face. One isn’t likely to argue with her. By day, Ms. Visco directs academic administration and finance for the classics department at Columbia University, where she cuts a flamboyant …

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Critical Shopper: ‘Oh, Thanks, These Are Just My Gym Clothes.’

Critical Shopper By KATHERINE BERNARD Athleisure is a usefully proportioned portmanteau: It uses all of the word “leisure” but less than half of the word “athletic.” At Bandier, an expansive new athleisure store in the Flatiron district, there’s an in-house fitness studio right upstairs that offers a weekly schedule of opportunities to exercise. The setup …

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Governors Island, a Grand Space to Play

One recent Saturday on Governors Island, with a glorious gray dome of clouds covering New York Harbor, a Mister Softee truck idled on the car deck of the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen as passengers boarded the 6 p.m. ferry to Manhattan. Mister Softee had just sold one last rocket pop when a young woman wobbled …

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At Home With: Childhood Tales From the Chelsea Hotel

Like many an only child, Nicolaia Rips grew up largely in the company of adults. While other Manhattan youngsters were being herded into Mommy and Me classes and the soccer leagues at Pier 40, Ms. Rips, who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, was spending her afternoons with the unruly oddballs on West 23rd Street. …

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Fashion Review: Gotta Catch ’Em All! New York’s Fashion Frenzy

Throughout New York, fans are racing to catch them all. It was inevitable they’d sneak into fashion week, too. By the third day of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, which ended on Thursday, I had spotted one: a man in line for champagne at a poolside presentation by Orlebar Brown, the swimsuit label, staring into …

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Critic's Notebook: John Varvatos and Todd Snyder Animate Men’s Fashion in New York

It was a Kellan Lutz season. The “Twilight” hunk popped up seemingly everywhere during New York Fashion Week: Men’s — a style Zelig. There he was at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, seated at a cafe table in a Chelsea restaurant that served as the setting for a Joseph Abboud show. Lightly bearded, strawberry-blond hair artfully …

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Vows: For Obama’s Speechwriting Team, the Message Finally Got Through

Vows By SARAH WILDMAN When Kristen Bartoloni came on board as a researcher on the White House communications team in 2011, there was one rule she was intent on following: Don’t mix dating and work. “I didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea of why I was there,” she said. But she hadn’t anticipated …

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Modern Love: At Sea, and Seeking a Safe Harbor

Modern Love By PUTSATA REANG This past December, after not talking to me for several months, my mother called from her rural Oregon home. I listened from Seattle as she offered updates on cousins in Cambodia, inventoried her latest aches and pains, and noted my father’s failing memory. Her talk was sprinkled with the Khmer …

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