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6 Top Cool Experiences in Brooklyn, New York City

My kinda town, New York City is - and unlike many other Manhattanites (ashemedly including myself, back in the day), I do not fetishize my home borough these days. Yet when it comes to the tourism and much else in the Big Apple, fuhgeddaboutit – Manhattan remains the proverbial “800-pound gorilla”, an attention hog with all the flashiest sights, dining, shows, and yadda yadda yadda. But the so-called “outer boroughs” (besides Brooklyn, the BronxQueens, and Staten Island) have really been coming increasingly into their own of late, thanks in part to the influx of many creative but non-affluent New Yorkers forced out of our fair isle by high rents. The nearly equally historic borough of Brooklyn (founded by NYC’s first settlers, the Dutch, in 1634 as Breukelen, and now NYC’s most populous borough) in particular has become an oasis of cool, and its... keep reading

(Safely) Visiting the Fascinating Favela Slums of Rio de Janeiro

famously boasts one of the most spectacular natural settings of any major world city, a charismatic interplay of ocean with dramatic plunging hills (the most dramatic and reknowned, of course, being Sugarloaf and Corcovado). And though a good deal of it has a prosperous enough air, there has always been much poverty here, too, and since the late 19th century, many of those dramatic hills also became home to sprawling, unofficial slums – originally built by decommissioned soldiers and freed slaves, and greatly enlarged in recent decades by peasants moving in from the country. Today these favelas number some 600, and are home to nearly 12 million. keep reading

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