Examining the Spike in Murders

The effects are felt unequally across the U.S.

#firearms, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

The Eerie, Lunar Nothingness of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

The stretch of coastline in southwest Africa is a strange and beautiful reminder that, in the end, we are powerless against nature and time.

#deserts, #namibia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #shipwrecks-historic, #travel-and-vacations

Welcome to the ‘Well, Now What?’ Stage of the Story

It’s been a very long year for Joe Biden. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2024, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Dan Barry Essay: Basketball as Meditation in the Time of Covid

Separated from his family, he launched jump shots in the driveway and wondered: Will we ever properly mourn the ones we’ve lost? Will we ever smile again? The answers were hit or miss.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture

univers

There is talk about moving from ‘containment to management,’ with fewer restrictions as spring semester progresses.

#colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #harvard-university, #leebron-david-w, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #rice-university, #university-of-florida, #university-of-wyoming, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-virginia-university

Retail Sales Fell in December, a Slowdown in a Robust Holiday Shopping Season

Despite a decline of 1.9 percent in the final month of the year, sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 jumped 17.1 percent as consumers began their holiday shopping earlier.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain

Boris Johnson’s Office Apologizes to Queen for Parties

The prime minister’s office said it was “deeply regrettable” that two parties took place at Downing Street the night before Prince Philip’s funeral. Mr. Johnson was not accused of attending either of them.

#apologies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #funerals-and-memorials, #johnson-boris, #parties-social, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-families, #slack-james, #sun-the-british-newspaper

They Remodeled Before Covid. Here’s What They Regret Now.

The live-work space in Jersey City, N.J., should have been ideal for lockdown. But hindsight born of a pandemic taught them a few things.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

How Parents With Young Children Are Coping With Work-Life Imbalance

Facing an uncontrolled surge of virus cases, parents of children under 5 are again forced to wrestle with child care crises as the rest of the world appears eager to move on.

#anxiety-and-stress, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #work-life-balance

Waiting for Omicron

I’m ready to get it over with, but it’s not that simple.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

Lonely? Get in Line. A Covid Test Line.

Tales of New Yorkers singing together, getting impromptu architecture lessons and making new friends.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #covid-test-lines, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical

America Is Falling Apart at the Seams

Why are so many of us behaving so badly?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #education-k-12, #firearms, #hate-crimes, #loneliness, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #yglesias-matthew

How Conservatives Could Oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The future of Britain’s prime minister is in doubt after he admitted attending a party while the country was under Covid lockdown. Here’s a guide to how he could be forced out, or fight on.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #sunak-rishi-1980

Finding Joy Through Art at the End of the World in ‘Station Eleven’

Emily St. John Mandel talks about the pandemic novel she wrote years before Covid-19 and the HBO Max adaptation that some viewers have found oddly life-affirming.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hbo-max, #mandel-emily-st-john, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #station-eleven-book, #station-eleven-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

Manhattan Rents Break Another Record, as Market Shows Signs of Cooling

The median rent reached nearly $3,400 in December, the highest price ever for the traditionally quiet month.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Cigarettes Are Making a Comeback

Cigarettes, once shunned, have made a comeback with a younger crowd who knows better.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #smoking-and-tobacco, #youth

A Wet January, Thanks to Covid

Not drinking for a month sounded easy enough. But for some, Omicron changed those plans.

#alcoholic-beverages, #anxiety-and-stress, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Melatonin for Sleep: How the Aid Works

The “vampire hormone” can act like a dose of sunset, tricking your body into feeling like it’s time to sleep.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #dreams, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insomnia, #jet-lag, #melatonin-hormone, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sedatives, #sleep

Chicago Reaches Deal With Teachers’ Union to Return to Classrooms

Students in the third-largest U.S. school district will go back to classes on Wednesday.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #strikes

Quiet Awards Season Has Hollywood Uneasy

Audiences remain reluctant to return to theaters. And the kinds of movies that used to rely on the sheen of awards to attract moviegoers now find themselves in peril.

#academy-awards-oscars, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #belfast-movie, #box-office-sales, #golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #king-richard-movie, #movies, #no-time-to-die-movie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-side-story-2021-movie

Parents, It’s Going to Be a Very Long January

Less fresh air, more tween shows.

#chicago-ill, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nintendo-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television-sets-and-media-devices

A Potato Gratin That Innovates on Tradition

This comforting potato-celery root dish from Yotam Ottolenghi is all about transforming the expected.

#celery-root, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #potatoes, #quarantine-life-and-culture

They Had Reasons for Leaving the City. So Why Are Their Friends Mad?

When Covid hit, some New Yorkers abandoned the city for good. They left some angry friends.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #manhattan-nyc, #moving-and-moving-industry, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

That Expensive Bourbon You Bought May Be a Fake

Counterfeiting — filling luxury bottles with cheap liquor — has hit American whiskey hard as sky-high prices raise the payoff for scammers.

#bourbon-whiskey, #collectors-and-collections, #counterfeit-merchandise, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states, #whiskey

Cruise Ships Are Still Sailing as Cases Rise and Criticism Mounts

One day after the C.D.C. advised against all travel on cruise ships, thousands of cruisers partied like it was 2019. But worries about onboard policies — and frustration over quarantines — is rising.

#carnival-cruise-lines, #celebrity-cruises-inc, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cruise-lines-international-assn, #cruises, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #royal-caribbean-cruises-ltd, #travel-and-vacations

The Oscars Want Crowd-Pleasers, but Where Are the Crowds?

As contenders like “West Side Story” and “Belfast” struggle for audiences, can a blockbuster like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” swing into the Oscar race?

#academy-awards-oscars, #advertising-and-marketing, #belfast-movie, #box-office-sales, #king-richard-movie, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spider-man-no-way-home-movie, #the-last-duel-movie, #west-side-story-2021-movie

How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use

As the pandemic rages on, the safest place to work out is at home. Here’s how to create a personal gym you’ll want to spend time in.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Parents Grapple With Omicron as Open vs Remote Schools Debate Continues

Some want classrooms to stay open through the surge; others are desperate for a remote option. For nearly all, it’s an agonizing situation.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

Office Attire That Makes a Statement: ‘OK, Let’s Hug’

Employers are desperate to figure out a way to safely get employees back to their desks. Enter the humble wristband.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #workplace-environment

For One Rockaways Couple, Lockdown Was a Creative Windfall

While many hoped to use the enforced isolation of quarantine creatively, the couple who started Locus of Occult actually did.

#content-type-personal-profile, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #silicone

The Pandemic Brought Seismic Changes. They Changed With It.

From new forms of medicine to less wasteful business practices, many have adapted to Covid-19 in ways that have improved them, and society.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #bonanno-george-a, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #fauci-anthony-s, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #resilience, #shutdowns-institutional, #telemedicine

Goldman Sachs Follows Wall Street Rivals in Asking Staff to Work From Home

In a shift in policy as Covid cases rise, the Wall Street firm urged U.S. employees who can work remotely to do so until Jan. 18.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #deutsche-bank-ag, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #morgan-stanley, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wells-fargocompany, #workplace-environment

Want a Covid Test With Your Viagra?

A health care company known for hair loss and erectile dysfunction treatments diversifies its product line, and earns new fans along the way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #product-tests, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roman-health-ventures-inc

A Nation On Hold Wants to Speak With a Manager

In our anger-filled age, when people need to shop or travel or cope with mild disappointment they’re “devolving into children.”

#airlines-and-airplanes, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Another Covid Winter, but Our Quarantine Comforts No Longer Work

Americans have spared little expense over the past two years turning their homes into cozy havens. That doesn’t mean they want to spend another winter in them.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

In 2021, New York’s Housing Market Made a Stunning Comeback

It’s a trend that will likely continue in 2022, as momentum shifts away from the suburbs and international travel returns — unless new Covid variants interfere.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #staten-island-nyc

Governors Island Is Open for the Winter. Will New Yorkers Visit?

Governors Island, a popular summer retreat reachable only by ferry, is now open year-round.

#cross-country-skiing, #governors-island-manhattan-ny, #ice-skating, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #winter-season

Commenters Tell the Story of 2021

In a reflective mood, The Times’s Community desk sifted through some of their favorite comments of 2021.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A Frenetic Housing Market in the Suburbs, and Then a Cooling Off

By late summer, many real estate agents in the New York suburbs began to notice that the ‘crazy bidding wars’ weren’t happening quite as often.

#fairfield-conn, #hastings-on-hudson-ny, #larchmont-ny, #litchfield-conn, #long-island-ny, #manhasset-ny, #montclair-nj, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #westchester-county-ny

The Pricey California Market? In 2021, It Got Pricier.

Home prices in the state far outpaced the national average, with outlying suburbs and smaller metro areas seeing the most significant increases.

#california, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #montecito-calif, #oakland-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #riverside-calif, #sacramento-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Business Leaders Struggle With Endless Upheaval

C.E.O.s are trained to “shoot, move and communicate.” But the pandemic has called on them to rewrite the leadership playbook.

#charity-water, #cisco-systems-inc, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #daily-harvest, #edelman-daniel-j-inc, #executives-and-management-theory, #flexport, #international-business-machines-corporation, #jefferies-group-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #southwest-airlines-company, #supply-chain

How to Improve Your Mental Health in 2022

Well’s most popular stories of the year offered tools to stay happy and healthy.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #depression-mental, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Travel as Healing

Wellness vacations now go far beyond massages and diet advice, instead offering a respite from physical and mental stress. Here’s what to expect.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spas, #travel-and-vacations

How Will Americans Eat Next Year? Food Predictions for 2022

They see a new interest in mushrooms, a rethinking of chicken and coffee, a resurgence of 1980s cocktails — and, believe it or not, a return to civility.

#coffee, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #united-states

Helping to Reveal a Still-Shuttered World

Our weekly photo essay series offered readers a glimpse of distant places and cultures that, for a second straight year, remained largely inaccessible.

#alaska, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #brazil, #england, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greece, #greenland, #hebrides-islands-great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #los-angeles-calif, #mongolia, #oaxaca-mexico, #papua-new-guinea, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #st-kilda-scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Holiday Spirit Glimmers as New York Endures Another Pandemic Christmas

Despite a surge in coronavirus cases that dashed plans for travel and celebrations, New Yorkers did what they could to salvage the season.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Students Returned, but the Fallout From a Long Disruption Remained

“They’re like, ‘The world’s out of control, why should I be in control?’” the principal of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., said of some of his struggling students.

#anxiety-and-stress, #bailey-iii-harrison, #bethlehem-pa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #liberty-high-school, #mental-health-and-disorders, #principals-school, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #school-discipline-students, #teachers-and-school-employees, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Considering a Dry January? How to Embrace Mindful Drinking

A growing moderation movement harnesses strategies from meditation to cut back on alcohol.

#alcoholic-beverages, #content-type-service, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #meditation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Are We Getting Better at Quarantining?

Maybe not, but thanks to vaccines and practice, some people are getting better at isolation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines

Finding Inspiration in an Otherwise Dull Year

Books, kombucha, and a ridiculous egg spoon — the things that kept me going and fed this newsletter.

#beverages, #books-and-literature, #chatwin-bruce, #cookware, #golden-daniel, #in-patagonia-book, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kelley-robin-d-g, #korean-food-cuisine, #monk-thelonious, #our-country-friends-book, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shteyngart-gary, #the-price-of-admission-how-americas-ruling-class-buys-its-way-into-elite-colleges-and-who-gets-left-outside-the-gates-book, #the-resegregation-of-suburban-schools-a-hidden-crisis-in-american-education-book, #thelonious-monk-book, #waters-alice, #yoshis-crafted-world-video-game