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Sarah first spotted Omar at the Open Sunday Café, a weekly gathering of Germans and #refugees. “I was with some of my friends, and Omar was there with some of his,” the 26-year-old social worker recalled. They saw each other now and then at the cafe; then Omar’s friends and Sarah’s friends began hanging out together. By late spring, the 2 were dating — secretly. “I don’t want people thinking that I have lost myself here in Germany,” explained Omar, 28. Omar left his family in Syria in 2013, with an economics degree and a half-baked idea to join relatives in Europe. Sarah grew up in Leipzig and attended college in the Netherlands; she landed in Weimar after her marriage to a student from India faltered. In the summer, Sarah and Omar decided not only to go public but also to move in together. After struggling to find a landlord that would rent to a refugee, they finally found a place — a few blocks from the main train station, on the top floor, with a tiny balcony. When do 4 walls become a home? “You feel it inside your heart” is how Omar put it. @limauricio photographed Omar and Sarah for a story about integration in Weimar, which absorbed 900 refugees in a year. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

When #refugees started arriving in Weimar, Germany, the city put out a call for donations. “Every 2 minutes, a car was coming,” said Margret Aurin, who was then in her final year of university. She got caught up in the frenzy and took charge of a clothing shop, which at first gave out items to anyone in need. But city officials shut the operation down in December 2015, citing security concerns and organizational problems. For months, she fought to reopen the shop, and in May, they gave her permission for a trial run — but she had to charge money rather than give items away. The city shut the store down, again. By then, Margret had refugee fatigue — or, at least, an aversion to struggling with German bureaucracy. Instead she took a job with Arrive, one of more than 1,000 programs in #Germany aimed at integrating refugees, organizing buddy picnics for them and locals. “In the first months, everybody was excited, everybody wanted to help,” she said. “Then nothing happened, so the enthusiasm died.” @limauricio photographed Margret, one of the people @nytimes journalists met during a months-long look at integration in #Weimar. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

Stray a few blocks beyond the historic center of #Weimar, Germany, and you’re in a working-class sprawl of chipped pavement, weedy courtyards and occasional bursts of graffiti. That’s where Anas Alkarri and his wife, Aya Alnabulsi, Syrian refugees, have settled, in a dim top-floor apartment. Anas wanted to take advantage of free language lessons and quickly land a job. But like other refugees, he found German difficult and was frustrated by the bureaucratic hurdles and internships most newcomers must clear to hold a job. Refugees are required to take roughly 700 hours of classes in German language and cultural orientation in exchange for benefits. At the end, if they pass a language test, they’re eligible to hold a job and stay in the country permanently. Anas was an accountant in Syria but gave up on that career in Weimar. Instead, he was one of 18 refugees paired with 18 Germans in a summerlong course helping them become workshop leaders. But it didn’t help him get a job. “I think this process of integration is going to be more difficult than people realize,” Anas told @nytimes. “And I think it will come as a surprise to many of the Germans, but it is going to be just as hard for them as it is for us.” @limauricio photographed Anas and Aya at home in Weimar with their young son, Zaid. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

Germany has led the way in both numbers of #refugees and programs to support them. In 2016, the German government spent 14.5 billion euros — about $15 billion — on refugees, and nearly as much is earmarked for this year. About $1.5 billion of 2016’s expenditures paid for reception centers, registration and housing during the asylum application process; $2.2 billion went to integration efforts. In one year, the city of Weimar — photographed here by @gordonwelters — absorbed 900 refugees. Its population? 65,000. Weimar settled the migrants with classic German efficiency and astonishing speed by all measurable criteria: They were housed, clothed and fed; the children enrolled in local schools and the adults in government-paid classes to learn the basics of the language, laws and customs. But on the person-to-person level, where integration really happens, there are staggering cultural headwinds. On issues like gender, sexuality, religion in the public sphere and even punctuality, the differences may take generations to overcome. Visit the link in our profile to read about integration into a German city.

Rei Kawakubo is a 74-year-old Japanese designer who’s been making monochromatic, boiled, overstuffed, unraveling, surreal clothes since she began her label, @commedesgarcons, in 1969. “Kawakubo’s clothes don’t move from day to evening. They don’t flatter. They don’t slim. They don’t fit perfectly or offer comfort or reassurance,” @shaptonia writes in @nytmag. “They are not simply clothes: They are ideas. They are feelings.” In May, the @metmuseum’s Costume Institute will present an exhibition of Kawakubo’s work — the first show of a living fashion designer since an Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983. @erikmadiganheck photographed this piece from Kawakubo’s fall 2017 collection on the Dutch model @saskiadebrauw. Clothes from this collection — called “Future of Silhouette” — are made from raw material Kawakubo calls “nonfabrics”: what appeared to be cauterized rubber, rug pads, cotton batting, stuffing and duct tape. The hairstylist and artist @juliendys made the headpieces, which also appeared in the runway show, from pot scrubbers purchased at a Paris supermarket. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the 74-year-old force behind #commedesgarçons, and follow @nytmag to see a behind-the-scenes video from this shoot.

A visitor peering into @storefrontnyc in SoHo. Half the fun of any exhibition at this nonprofit gallery is the space itself, a wedge-shaped street-level hallway entered through irregular folding panels. The other half, right now at least, is “Control Syntax Rio,” a chilling presentation on the 7-year-old system of sensors and surveillance cameras blanketing the hilly Brazilian city that hosted last summer’s Olympic Games. On shoulder-high square platforms that fill the space almost entirely, 3-D-printed models of city blocks and streets are surveilled by actual (that is, ordinary size) cameras with red lights. The exhibition text presents the system as neutral, but the installation feels more like an urgent warning. @jakenaughton captured this scene while on #nytassignment in Manhattan. Visit the link in our profile to get more recommendations from our spring gallery guide.

@nikolajwilliamcw, who plays the blond bad boy Jaime Lannister on @hbo’s @gameofthrones, grew up in Tybjerg in the south of Zeeland, Denmark. “Denmark is a Protestant Christian country,” he writes in @nytimes. “It has a state church. Confirmation is a big deal.” But kids, @nikolajwilliamcw says, tended to focus on the presents. And so for his confirmation, his mother got him “a Sanyo mini-stereo with speakers that detached” — it was “unbelievably cool,” he writes. Not long after, though, it was repossessed. It turned out his mother wasn’t really able to afford it. “And then it hit me,” @nikolajwilliamcw writes. “The shame.” He knew his mother would feel that she had let him down. “So I found my old cassette player,” @nikolajwilliamcw writes, “I put it right in the Sanyo’s place and decided not to care for stuff ever again.” The actor has kids of his own now. “They are more sensible than I was as a young teenager. I do spoil them, but I try to pass on the lessons from my mum, too.” Our staff photographer @cenicola0 took this portrait of #NikolajCoster-Waldau. Visit the link in our profile to read his “first time” essay, an @nytimes series in which cultural figures write about the first time they experienced something that greatly affected their lives.

By sheer numbers alone, @nycballet’s Here/Now Festival is mind-blowing. Over the course of 4 weeks, the company is dancing 43 ballets by 22 choreographers — numbers no other #ballet company in the world can approach. And in the 35 works included from this century, 19 were created by just 3 choreographers: Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon (@wheeldony). Our staff photographer @andrea_mohin photographed dancers @misstilerpeck and @t_angled performing in @wheeldony’s “Mercurial Manoeuvres.” Made in 2000, when the choreographer was just 27, “it’s a young person’s look-at-everything-I-can-do dance,” writes Brian Seibert. “Geometries of large and mobile groups, a firebrand soloist, a poignant duet, all in a classical vocabulary that’s been sped up and inventively extended without being slurred, choreography that follows the house tradition of closely attending to music, the work checks all the right boxes and retains the excitement of discovery.” Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by @andrea_mohin.

Before @macdemarco bought a lovely blue home with a pool on a quiet hill in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, he gave out his old address to fans. He didn't exactly expect them to show up in droves, but they did. True to his word and reputation, @macdemarco played amiable host to those who trekked to visit him at his former home in Rockaway, Queens. That’s the kind of easygoing intimacy and relatability that has turned @macdemarco into a breakout indie-rock idol. “I’m not the artiste — we’re just having a good time,” he told @nytimes: “Kids tune in and they’re like, ‘Mac would drink a beer with me.’ And the answer is probably yes! These people are paying my mortgage, putting food on the table for me and my girlfriend. Thank you!” He added: “It’s such a fluke, so lucky and so amazing.” While motioning over to his pool, he said: “Look at this! See this! From playing guitar? It’s ridiculous.” @elizabethrweinberg took this #underwater portrait of #MacDeMarco in his pool in Silver Lake. Visit the link in our profile to read more about how the singer-songwriter, who turns 27 on Sunday, became the lovable laid-back prince of #indierock.

The single most important ingredient in any recipe? Salt. It has a greater impact on flavor than anything else. And that’s particularly true when it comes to Caesar salad, like the one photographed here by @jessica___marx. Making Caesar dressing is an exercise in the art of layering salty ingredients to build flavor. In addition to salt itself, there are anchovies, Parmesan and Worcestershire sauce. (There’s also garlic, which is pounded with a pinch of salt using a mortar and pestle to make a smooth paste.) Since a delicious dressing depends on working in the right amounts of each of the aforementioned ingredients — and the other, unsalted elements — @nytfood suggests waiting until you’re almost finished to add the salt crystals. Learn to strike a proper balance of salt, fat and acid, and any salad will taste good. Visit the link in our profile to get the #NYTCooking recipe. #🥗

It seemed like the fight was over. Plans to bury an oil pipeline in the #Nebraska dirt had been halted. Farmers and ranchers who spent years opposing the project moved on. But suddenly the pipeline, known as Keystone XL, is back on the table — just as President Trump promised. Republican politicians, many union members and some landowners are cheering the news. But in spots along the proposed route through Nebraska — including on the sandy soil of the Crumly family farm, photographed here by @george_etheredge — the president’s decision is being met with frustration. Jeanne Crumly, who sees the pipeline as a dire threat to this land, thinks @realdonaldtrump is supporting it without “really giving a hoot of how there are people and livelihoods at stake here.” State-level permits and easements along the pipeline route are in place in Montana and South Dakota. That leaves Nebraska, where voters overwhelmingly favored #Trump, as the best chance to block construction. If Jeanne and her allies fail, oil will flow through her property. Swipe left to see a portrait of Jeanne, and watch our #InstagramStory to read more stories from landowners who may be affected by the #KeystonePipeline.

@mattabbottphoto photographed ruins at @portarthurtassie, in the far southeastern corner of Tasmania, the Australian island state. Built in 1843 as a flour mill and granary, Port Arthur was converted into a prison that received some of the most incorrigible criminals in the British Empire. Today, it’s one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions. But it’s also an example of a looming global problem: #PortArthur is under costly siege by a rising sea. An island cemetery is being chewed away and a seaside coal mine once worked by the convicts is under assault. And they aren’t alone. The ocean is rising in large part because people the world over have burned so much coal, pumping planet-warming carbon dioxide into the air. Managers of national parks and other historic sites around the world are realizing that #climatechange represents a profound risk to the heritage they’re trying to preserve. “We can’t retreat” from the rising sea, said David Roe, the archaeology manager at @portarthurtassie. “We can’t elevate. We can’t rebuild. Perhaps all we can do is manage loss.”

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