Tag: Parties (Social)

How Safe Are Outdoor Gatherings?

Is it still safe to socialize outside? As the coronavirus continues to rage throughout the country, public health officials are telling us to stay home this holiday weekend. Beaches in Texas, Florida and California are closed. And now some recent backyard gatherings are being blamed for new cases of Covid-19. The new restrictions and outbreaks […]

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What Will Happen With Weddings?

Coronavirus or not, one thing is certain: People will find each other, they will fall in love, and somehow, they will say their vows. “Love is going to survive this,” said Kate Edmonds, a wedding and event planner in New York. “I don’t think it’s emotionally sound to keep postponing weddings. There needs to be […]

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Party Planners on Pause, Awaiting Revelry’s Return

As New York City crawls toward reopening, even as momentous protests fill the streets, the formal events industry, predicated on people assembling en masse for merrymaking or shared purpose, remains in the dark. These splashy affairs of yore — high-stakes fund-raisers, slick product introductions, galas, conferences, rollicking celebrations — organized by teams of party professionals […]

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Is the Party Over on Fire Island?

As a Fire Island veteran, Jory Stiefel had his summer weekend ritual down to a T. He would leave work on Thursday, hop on the 3 p.m. train from Penn Station to catch the 5 p.m. Sayville ferry and arrive at Fire Island Pines, the hedonistic gay resort off the south shore of Long Island, […]

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How to Have a Safer Pandemic Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is usually a time to come together and honor those who gave their lives defending the nation. But sometime this weekend, we also will pass the milestone of 100,000 American lives lost to Covid-19. I have been asked many times this week whether it will be OK to visit family and friends […]

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A New Source of Coronavirus Spread: ‘Covid-19 Parties’

SEATTLE — A county in Washington State dealing with a coronavirus outbreak has identified a confounding new source of spread: “Covid-19 parties” organized so that people can deliberately mingle with an infected person in the hope of getting their own illness out of the way. Meghan Debolt, the director of community health for Walla Walla […]

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Smash a Coronavirus Piñata. You’ll Feel Better.

If you cannot join, beat. Such is the resolve of creative people bashing piñatas to defeat a pandemic (or at least, excise some of their feelings about it). In Durham, N.C., Xaris Martínez, 37, a historian at the Center for Documentaries at Duke University, used tinfoil and toilet paper rolls to fabricate a “true-to-life” coronavirus […]

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Their Met Gala, Their Way. You’re Invited.

This is the time of year when, in the normal course of 21st-century events, an army of stylists, makeup artists, florists, designers and celebrities would be about to descend on the Carlyle and Mark hotels in New York, clogging the elevators with garment bags bearing the hautest names: Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Versace. […]

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Tux, Gown, Masks: Arab Couples Scramble to Marry During a Pandemic

CAIRO — Carfuls of hooting men careened through the half-empty streets of Cairo, then skidded to a halt on Qasr el Nil, the most famous bridge over the Nile. A newly married couple leapt out, trailed by festive relatives, hoping for a coveted photo at an iconic beauty spot. The police, charged with enforcing social […]

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How to Have a Birthday Party in the Coronavirus Age

Celebrating your birthday this year isn’t selfish. It’s generous. Whether you’re turning 12, 42 or 92, inviting people to come together in a unique, specific way to celebrate your birth is actually a form of meaning-making for everyone else. Birthday celebrations, when designed well, are an opportunity to express love, to mark life and to […]

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They Celebrated Basketball and a Birthday. Then Came Coronavirus.

The connections in New York City basketball run deep. Generations of boys and young men starred on the playgrounds, the school courts, on the AAU circuit. If you did not play with someone, you probably played against him. Across the basketball courts of New York, there aren’t many degrees of separation. It did not take […]

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New York Nightlife Goes Online

Last Saturday night, when all of New York City’s bars and clubs were closed, a DJ known as Physical Therapy set up a turntable, mixer and webcam in his walk-up apartment in the Ridgewood section of Queens. Wearing a Hawaiian T-shirt and track pants, and standing in his cramped bedroom stuffed with records and sneakers, […]

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How an Upscale Connecticut Party Became a Coronavirus ‘Super Spreader’

About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home in the stately suburb of Westport, Conn., to toast the hostess on her 40th birthday and greet old friends, including one visiting from South Africa. They shared reminiscences, a lavish buffet and, unknown to anyone, the coronavirus. Then they scattered. The Westport soirée — Party […]

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Things to Do in N.Y.C. This Weekend While Staying Inside

ImageCredit…C’mon Everybody, via Instagram Since last Friday, the news in New York about the spread of coronavirus has moved at a breakneck pace. There have been suggestions to stay home and restrictions on large gatherings as well as a near-lockdown as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that all nonessential businesses would be closed and […]

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From Zoom University to the Zoom Party

On Sunday afternoon, Eleanor Dolan celebrated her 17th birthday in Minnesota with 20 of her closest friends. They listened to pop music and traded jokes. When the group broke out into “Happy Birthday to You,” Eleanor pulled a slice of cookie cheesecake close in front of her and pretended to blow out the toothpick she […]

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You Can Still Have Happy Hour. Just Do It on FaceTime.

As the coronavirus rages, gathering is under attack. President Trump announced on Monday that Americans should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. That means no big weddings or milestone birthday parties, no major sporting events or arena concerts. In addition to the humanitarian and economic catastrophe we face, we are entering a gathering recession. […]

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No More Than 10 People in One Place, Trump Said. But Why?

As the new coronavirus continues to spread, state and local governments are shutting down schools and businesses and setting limits on the sizes of public gatherings. The latest recommendation announced Monday by the federal government to promote social distancing and limit the transmission of the coronavirus: no more than 10 people in one place. “We’d […]

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