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The New Collectivism

Office shares, dessert swaps, babysitting co-ops, and other ways in which the city is becoming one giant commune.

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One needn’t be a lawn-mowing, barbecue-throwing deep-cover Russian spy to harbor latent socialist tendencies. Not in today’s increasingly communalized New York, where the sharing of everything from cabs to clothes to child care is suddenly modish, promoted by city officials, exploited by entrepreneurs, and pursued by legions of everyday citizens. Granted, there is some idealism at work here—you don’t offer to repair a stranger’s ceiling fan or hand over your living-room couch to a passing traveler without possessing a strong communitarian streak. But the modern collective is more about pragmatism than altruism. read more [+]
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Everything under the sun. From a speedboat at Chelsea Piers to a private sushi chef, and much, much more.


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