On a #canoe trip along the U.S.-Canada border, @porterfox found solitude and shooting stars. “I grew up in northern Maine and had always been fascinated with our ‘forgotten border,’” @porterfox writes in @nytimestravel. “At 5,525 miles, including Alaska, the northern boundary is the longest land border between 2 nations in the world. … With all of the news about growing tension along ‘the world’s friendliest border,’ I thought it would be interesting to travel along it instead of cross it.” The adventure began in Calais, Maine, a few miles from the easternmost tip of mainland America. “The emptiness of the northland was unfamiliar to me,” @porterfox writes. “It was devoid of light, cars, people, trails and roads. Clouds of stars glowed through gaps in the canopy. The forest was pure black where the moonlight was shaded. I grew up in this country, had explored it for 20 years, and thought I knew it. But this was different.” @sarafoxphoto took this photo at Chesuncook Lake in northern Maine, where Henry David Thoreau traveled on one of his own expeditions in the state. Visit the link in our profile to read about a journey that involved rough waves, water lilies and cloudless skies. #🛶 #🌠
The comedic duo behind @desusandmero has made it big by offering what few other shows can: a decidedly black perspective. For 3 seasons, the comedy-cum-current-events show has been the answer for anyone in search of a rundown of pop culture from young people who also regularly waste hours surfing the web while slightly stoned. “But more important, in a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars 2 American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream,” @jazzloon writes in @nytmag. The pair — Desus Nice, or Daniel Baker, and the Kid Mero, or Joel Martinez — don’t have an impeccably plotted approach: They just talk, carrying each other like dancers or jazz musicians. Visit the link in our profile to read the full @nytmag profile, with photos by @dina_litovsky.
In @angelsbway, the Angel is a messenger from heaven who visits a gay man with AIDS to tell him that he is a prophet. In the production of the 2-part play that’s on Broadway through July 15, the Angel is not an ethereal creature who flies gracefully through the air. Now, when she flies she has 5 bodies, or Angel Shadows, to support her. The Shadows — 3 dancers and 2 puppeteers — are one of the most remarkable elements about this Tony Award-winning production. They’re responsible for propelling the Angel into the air and operating her heavy wings. This Angel is broken down and dusty, wearing a tattered, disintegrating costume. “I had an idea of this clean angel coming from the ceiling,” said Amanda Lawrence, who originated the part in London and performed for weeks in New York. “But she is like a cockroach, she’s an insect, she’s damaged — she’s like his disease.” To make the Angel fly, Robby Graham, who created movement for the production, and Finn Caldwell, the puppetry director, studied the mechanics of bird wings. “We tried to incorporate those principles of biomechanics into the choreography,” Robby said. “We really wanted to create that suspension of disbelief — where you feel she could just fly off into the distance.” @sashafoto took this picture of the Angel taking flight with the help of Angel Shadows. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
Meet the 11-year-old girls whose music wowed the @nyphilharmonic. Last week, the #Philharmonic performed works by Camryn Cowan and Jordan Millar, who were photographed here by @celestesloman. The Brooklyn composers won over the crowds, who gave standing ovations. In an interview this week, both girls — part of the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers initiative — were confident in explaining their works, originally written for a Harlem Renaissance-theme program. Camryn said that her “Harlem Shake” was an exercise in layering, but with saxophone improvisations that nodded to the neighborhood’s past. Jordan’s “Boogie Down Uptown” conjures stepping out of the subway onto the streets of Harlem for the first time, with musical textures inspired by the shadowy movement of Aaron Douglas paintings. (Her favorite Disney movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” borrows its aesthetic from his paintings.) Jordan said that their opportunity to have their pieces performed by the @nyphilharmonic is a sign of change. Camryn added: “Women are sometimes put down in orchestras, or they’re not noticed enough for their great talent,” she said, “so I think that me being onstage is a good change. Other people, other kids or adults — maybe they don’t have this same opportunity. I think we can be inspiring for them.”
The language of #soccer is full of phrases, metaphors and clichés that reflect modern life. But at 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes, the vocabulary changes. That is where Luis Soto, who hosts a daily sports program on Radio Inti Raymi, is narrating Peru’s first appearance at the @fifaworldcup since 1982 in his native language, #Quechua. Before that, Luis had to clear a basic hurdle: finding a term for “soccer ball.” Quechua was developed by the ancient Incas. “The term didn’t exist,” Luis said, “so we had to adapt.” He settled on “qara q’ompo,” which means leather ball, or sphere. It’s one of about 500 terms and phrases he has compiled into what is probably the world’s only Quechua soccer dictionary. To prepare for the #WorldCup, Luis, 44, spent months practicing with videos of games to hone his speed and tone. He said his effort is part of a fight against shame and bigotry that has led some parents to stop teaching the language to their children. “When I started, everyone made fun of me,” he said. “They told me that I was not going to make money because Quechua people are poor and they won’t buy advertising. But I am not doing it for money. I do it so people can feel represented.” The photographer @barrios.altos took this photo of Luis, center, with his fellow announcer Percy Chile announcing a goal for @clubcienciano during a recent game. #⚽
Athens has endured crisis, chaos and economic collapse. Recently, though, it has begun to emerge as one of Europe’s most vibrant and significant cultural capitals. @nytimestravel’s writer Charly Wilder fell in love with the city at an early age. “There are places we live and places we visit, and then there are the other places,” she writes. “Places we return to, where we put down roots, but not strong enough roots to hold us — places that change us, that we haunt and are haunted by. Nowhere embodies this for me more than Athens, a city I’ve watched shift and evolve.” Today, in just a handful of blocks in Athens, there are dozens of nightspots, including 2 cocktail bars that have been ranked among the world’s best. Unemployment is below 20% and falling, and the economy is growing faster than the European average. And neighborhoods that were rundown and neglected have become seed beds for the arts. Here, @yesterdayhere photographed the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a Renzo Piano-designed cultural complex, completed in 2016, that includes facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera and a 5-acre park. “In so many ways, Athens feels more alive, more culturally prolific, than ever,” Charly writes. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Grover Cleveland High School in Queens has become a lifeguarding powerhouse — and most of its students enter as non-swimmers. “When I first came here, I was scared of the water — that’s the truth,” said Jimmy Barrera, 17. Now he can swim the 50-yard sprint nearly 10 seconds faster than the 35 seconds the city requires for a certified lifeguard. Equipped with its own working swimming pool, a rare commodity today in New York City public high schools, Grover Cleveland offers lifeguarding classes that lead to Red Cross certification. It may not get the public recognition the city’s more prestigious schools enjoy, but it has the distinction of being one of the largest feeders of young lifeguards in the city. Dozens of its students go on to work at city beaches and pools. The majority of the school's lifeguard trainees are immigrants or children of immigrants. “For most of these kids, the opportunities to swim are very limited,” said Chris Sullivan, who teaches and coaches swimming there. “Most are from lower-income and working-class backgrounds, with struggling parents who can’t afford private swim classes for their kids.” “I’ve had kids tell me they made more than their parents for the summer,” said Felicia Mair, another coach. Jimmy said he earned $6,000 last summer working at a public pool in Brooklyn. @victorblue took this photo of Muhammad Rameez practicing rescuing Jimmy. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Fishermen in the Philippines launch homemade bombs into the sea to blast fish and scoop up their remains. From microscopic plankton to sharks, little survives inside the 30- to 100-foot radius of an explosion. With 10,500 square miles of coral reef, the Philippines is a global center for marine biodiversity. But as the effects of climate change kill reefs around the world, stopping dynamite and other illegal fishing has taken on a new urgency.A recent survey of Philippine coral reefs found none in excellent condition. And a 2017 report by the @UnitedNations predicts that all 29 #WorldHeritage coral reefs, including one in the Philippines, will die by 2100 unless carbon emissions are drastically reduced. The effects of climate change — warming waters and acidification — are difficult to address. But if the stresses caused by human activity can be stopped, coral reefs have a better chance of surviving. Dynamite fishing destroys both the food chain and the corals where the fish nest and grow. Without healthy corals, the ecosystem and the fish that live within it begin to die off. One fisherman told us that 30 years ago he could go out to sea and fill his boat “until it started to sink.” Today there are far fewer fish. @bcsolomon took this photo of a diver surveying damaged coral reefs in Philippine waters. Swipe left to see his video of a fisherman launching a bomb into the sea.
Taylor Goldsmith has spent the last 2 years thinking hard about emerging technology while writing songs for “Passwords,” the 6th album from @dawestheband. While the 32-year-old says he’s not a skeptic to new technologies, he remains cautious. “I actually like social media, and I recognize what modern technology serves. I’m just saying, ‘Let’s have more of a conversation about it," he said. Taylor and @dawestheband have spent much of their decade-long existence drawing on musical elements of the past. With “Passwords,” the group is taking a more contemporary approach, dealing with the experiences of tech-driven lives paired with social issues. “When you see yourself as the center of things, it deprives you of a certain level of empathy,” Taylor said. “With this record, I wanted to stop and think about where other people were coming from.” @magdawosinskastudio took this portrait of the band — from left, Wylie Gelber, Griffin Goldsmith, Lee Pardini and Taylor. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Earlier today, @callaghan_ohare took this photo of 4-year-old Miley Dennis Sanchez Gaytan playing on the Mexican side of the Del Río-Ciudad Acuña International Bridge. A day after President #Trump reversed his hard-line position of separating immigrant children from their families, the U.S. asked the Pentagon to prepare housing for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American military bases. @realdonaldtrump took to Twitter this morning with demands: Change the laws, build a wall, and do not hire immigration judges. Later, #MelaniaTrump went to Texas to visit one of the facilities where some of the separated children are being held, raising eyebrows by boarding her plane in an olive green jacket with writing in white capital letters that read “I really don’t care. Do U?” And a new focus has emerged on the youngest detainees. More than 2,400 children under the age of 12 — many of whom are toddlers and infants — are believed to be in federal custody. Many are in special “tender age” shelters. Visit the link in our profile for developments on this story.
In 1993, a man sneaked into Donna and John Palomba’s house in Waterbury, Connecticut. John was away, and Donna and her kids were asleep. The masked man covered Donna’s head with a pillowcase, wrapped nylon stockings around her mouth and eyes, bound her hands, cut open her underpants and raped her. Once he was gone, Donna, who was 36, checked on her kids. She grabbed the phone to call the police, but it was dead. Panicked, she locked the front door and went looking for a phone. After calling 911, she ran back home and went to the hospital to have forensic evidence collected and receive treatment for her wounds. A few weeks later, the lieutenant in charge of the police department’s Sex Crimes Unit insinuated that Donna should be arrested for reporting a fake crime. It wasn’t until 2004 that a local man whose DNA matched the DNA the hospital had collected during Donna’s forensic exam was arrested. There was one very big problem: Connecticut’s statute of limitations prohibited them from charging him for Donna’s rape. Across the U.S., time-limiting laws prevent scores of sexual assault cases from being prosecuted, in spite of persuasive evidence or a confession. @elinorcarucci took this photo of Donna, right, with her daughter, Sarah. Visit the link in our profile to read more in @nytmag.
There’s something about the crunch of biscotti that leaves dessert aficionados wanting more. The Italian cookies, baked twice — once in the oven and again after the dough has been sliced — provide a crunch trifecta. They’re #crunchy at the center, crunchier as you head to the ends and crunchiest at the tips. The biscotti photographed here by @gentlandhyers for @nytmag are chocolate, made with cocoa and studded with chocolate chips as well as sliced almonds. Visit the link in our profile to get @doriegreenspan’s #NYTCooking recipe for these crunchy cocoa-cornmeal #biscotti. (And hold on to the inevitable crumbs and any little bits that might break off — you’ll be happy to have them over ice cream.)