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The Right Backdrop for Art Is Bold. Or Maybe It’s Neutral?

The Right Backdrop for Art Is Bold. Or Maybe It’s Neutral?

The right color, no matter how intense, focuses attention on the artwork. (A reproduction Goya painting pops against a wall painted in Beau Green from Benjamin Moore.)

Betting on the Berkshires

Betting on the Berkshires

Nils Schlebusch for The New York Times

Six Short Blocks With a Lot to Say

Six Short Blocks With a Lot to Say

Donna Florio is at work on a chatty, anecdotal history of Bank Street, her home address for nearly her entire life. Among those who have shared its sidewalks with her are John and Yoko, Bella Abzug, the real-life Auntie Mame and Sid Vicious.

Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey

Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey

Laura Moss for The New York Times

Two Penthouses Sell for $60 Million, and John Mellencamp Buys in SoHo

Two Penthouses Sell for $60 Million, and John Mellencamp Buys in SoHo

Two half-floor sponsor units on the 91st floor of 432 Park Avenue sold to an unknown buyer for $60 million. This was New York City’s most expensive closed sale in January, according to property records.

Shopping for Decorative Bowls

Shopping for Decorative Bowls

Whether they’re holding fruit, mail or nothing at all, decorative bowls add visual interest to a room. (The Echasse bowl by Theresa Arns, above, is about $300 at MenuDesignShop.)

Getting a Roommate in Your Golden Years

Getting a Roommate in Your Golden Years

Grace Linderholm, 23, and Thelma Chesney, 91, share a meal they prepared together in the Brooklyn Heights brownstone where Ms. Chesney has lived for more than 50 years and where Ms. Linderholm recently moved into the top floor.

Romance? Not in My Backyard

Romance? Not in My Backyard

Some single New Yorkers prefer to travel for romance. Dating someone in their neighborhood — or worse still, their building — they’ll tell you, is just asking for trouble.

Buying a Home Sight Unseen

Buying a Home Sight Unseen

Brad Dickson for The New York Times

New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones

New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones

Stefano Ukmar for The New York Times

Simple Home Improvements for the Vision Impaired

Simple Home Improvements for the Vision Impaired

Paula Dertouzos, who was born with congenital glaucoma, lives at Selis Manor in Chelsea and is happy with technological upgrades like a talking thermostat and a new intercom system.

Buying Art Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating: Yes, There’s an App

Buying Art Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating: Yes, There’s an App

Using the Houzz app, shoppers can virtually hang true-to-scale paintings, mirrors and other wall décor in their homes.

After Some Awful Apartments, Finally a Nice Room in Bushwick

After Some Awful Apartments, Finally a Nice Room in Bushwick

Simon Hanes describes his room in a Bushwick house-share as “cozy,” though others might opt for a different word. He had to remove the closet door because it would not be possible to have both the door and a bed.

House Hunting in … Belize

House Hunting in … Belize

Benedict Kim for The New York Times


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