Havana Boxing Dreams

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Dreams are pretty much all you can have in Cuba and boxing allows Cuba’s youth to do just that. Cuba’s rich olympic legacy is a strong source of inspiration for young fighters all around the country. Ambitions of a successful career a la “Kid Chocolate” fuel determination and focus in La Havana’s numerous neighborhood boxing … Continue reading

Raw Havana

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Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, and where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures. I’ve spent 7 days in La Havana and this is … Continue reading

Eerie Lunar Landscape In Queens

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Man-made sand pyramids await replacement on the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park in The Rockaways, Queens. The dunes are made out of sifted sand from the surrounding area, by workers who shoveled the sand from the streets after Hurricane Sandy’s passage. Polished by the cold winter wind, these artificial cones formed an eerie lunar … Continue reading

The Bronx Riviera

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By the time I got to Orchard Beach, I was jet-lagged and needed a moment to adjust and cope with the environment. It took me almost two hours to get there from Brooklyn. I first got on the G train, then the blue line for a few stops, then hopped on the 4 uptown express … Continue reading

Mount Edgemere

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“Mount Edgemere” used to be one of New York’s favorite garbage dumping spots. Over a period of 53 years, the City’s Sanitation Department stockpiled tons of trash and when the dumping stopped in 1991, the city accumulated a 70 feet high hazardous waste site. The former landfill located in front of JFK airport on the … Continue reading

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