Beginning March 28th, The New York Times will begin charging 15 dollars per month to people who read (access) more than twenty articles in any given month. However, if you visit the site through search engines or social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, you will be allowed access. There will be a five-article limit per day for people who visit the site from a major search engine, such as Google.
There are other ways around the paywall:
…if there’s ever an NYT article you’re blocked from? You can just copy and paste the headline into Google for free and easy access. Even if you hit your unspecified daily limit on Google, you can head on over to Bing or, if you’re feeling 2002 about it, Alta Vista.
You might also want to try this bookmarklet which you can drag onto your bookmarks toolbar. Click it any time nytimes.com blocks you on a page.
Good luck and happy reading. Remember, it’s all for the sake of keeping informed while improving your English-language skills.