Free to Drive, Saudi Women Still Must Take a Back Seat to Men

Hanan Iskandar, on the motorcycle, and Doaa Bassem, second from left, received training this month to prepare for this Sunday, the first day women will be legally permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia.CreditTasneem Alsultan for The New York Times AL KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia — With her bubble-gum pink hair and stylishly ripped jeans, Doaa Bassem …

Living in Color

Interior paint is not just decorative — it can affect your quality of life. Roberta Freymann, who created the lifestyle brand Roberta Roller Rabbit, prefers bright paint colors for her rooms because she believes they boost productivity and creativity.CreditJon Nissenbaum When Roberta Freymann moved into her apartment at the Apthorp on the Upper West Side …

Chipotle Will Test a Quesadilla, and a New Strategy

A quesadilla is among the new items Chipotle will begin experimenting with at its test kitchen in Manhattan, along with nachos, chocolate milkshakes, avocado tostados and an updated salad.CreditChipotle Tortillas. Meat. Cheese. Salsa. What’s so complicated about a quesadilla? Plenty, for Chipotle Mexican Grill. The restaurant chain announced Thursday that it will add five new …

For Democrats Challenging Party Incumbents, Insurgency Has Its Limits

Suraj Patel, who is running against Representative Carolyn Maloney, was told that his candidacy meant he would “never eat lunch in this town again.”CreditEmma Howells/The New York Times Org Xmit: Npx By Shane Goldmacher and Jeffery C. Mays For Suraj Patel, running for Congress against an entrenched incumbent has led to some awkward and unexpected …

Saudi Women Can Drive Now. Will That Hurt Saudi Women?

By Hala Aldosari Ms. Aldosari researches Saudi gender dynamics at Harvard. CreditLaura Lannes Concessions on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia often appear during times of turmoil or transition. In the wake of Sept. 11, when Saudi ties to Islamist militants were under scrutiny, the kingdom decided that women could be appointed as consultants to the …