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I have never felt more alone than that first autumn in New York. This became clear when I realized that despite our weekly happy hours, me and my fellow interns, whom I was banking on becoming best friends with before I’d even met them, had nothing in common except youth and desperation. “We’re just using each other until we make real friends,” one of them, a pretty girl with a Valleyspeak accent, joked one...
I move to New York with everything I own stuffed inside four large trash bags. Left behind in Boston is a mattress, a nightstand, a small bookshelf, and an entire life. I am a 19-year-old with an ID that says I’m 22. A friend of a friend of a friend has a sister subletting her studio in Murray Hill for $1100 a month. I find someone to split the cost with, and we purchase...
1) Rockaways: People, it is really summer. Get your bikes in gear. Meet your person with your bike anywhere in Brooklyn around 10am, then do this: cycle all the way down Bedford Avenue—through Midwood, where Brooklyn no longer looks like Brooklyn but rather stately suburban America with freestanding homes and yards—wend left along Emmons Avenue and see yet another aberration, a small Italian beach town, and finally cross Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge to enter Riis...
Dinner, a movie, and if you’re lucky, a parking lot—these are the ingredients for the classic teen date night, as least as imagined by Hollywood in the 1950s. Dating in the age of Tinder might seem less clear-cut, but as Moira Weigel illustrates in Labor of Love, her fascinating new book about the history of the phenomenon, what we think of as dating has always been in flux, to the extent we can define it...

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