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Long Island was once home to as many as 120 airfields, which means that the sky was full and the highways relatively empty. The Bayport Aerodrome is the last of the public grass airfields. These days, it’s become a gathering spot for retired veterans who restore and fly antique planes — or, some days, just grill food and talk. csmuncy, who serves as a photographer in the Air National Guard, discovered the airfield when he started wondering what veterans did to recapture the camaraderie and shared purpose they had experienced in the service. “Once you retire, that support system, the people you spend so much time around, is just gone,” he said. He took this photo of Bill Clifford flying a Navy N3N Trainer aircraft over the south shore of Long Island last weekend. “You really feel like you’re flying like a bird, as opposed to a passenger,” said Gene Leavy, 91, another pilot who frequents the #LongIsland airfield. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos by csmuncy. #✈️

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It was one of the indelible images of the wrath of Hurricane Sandy: a famous #JerseyShore roller coaster reduced to a twisted, mangled wreck in the surf off Seaside Heights. It was removed months later, but the gash along the coast remained for years. Now, perhaps quicker than some expected, a different #rollercoaster is standing its place — photographed here by markmakela. Called the Hydrus, the shiny new ride is a twisted green behemoth, featuring a steep inverted drop, a full loop and 2 more inversions. The coaster’s new tracks run eerily silent, the faint hums of the rail car often drowned out by the high-pitched squeals of riders. There were no Hydrus shirts visible yet on the boardwalk when nytimes journalists visited recently, but the frequent screams were evidence that the new coaster — even at the seemingly steep price of $10 a ride — was already a welcome addition. Up and down the Jersey Shore, though, towns are still struggling. Empty lots dot shore roads, half-built homes sit stagnant and half-destroyed homes have been abandoned. #🎡🎢

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Ryan Wilcox will be the first to say that when “racing against $150,000 or $250,000 cars — you get what you pay for. My car is worth a fraction of the cars I’m racing against.” Ryan is preparing for a July race that takes place in New Hampshire. He’s far removed from that high-tech world of auto racing — the world you see at the #MonacoGrandPrix, the #Indy500 and the #CocaCola600 — but they’re of the same blood. Ryan is always surrounded by car parts, a collection that he has scavenged from various cars. His Subaru Impreza, for instance, was once an unassuming commuter car. After hundreds of hours of labor, it has been transformed. To turn it into a rally car, he removed every single part and began with a blank slate. Today, his pride is obvious when he looks over his creation. “A guy like me — I do everything,” he told the photographer Ben Zucker ( saltysearabbit). “I prep the car for the race; I trailer the car there. If it needs anything when we get there, it’s all on me.” Swipe left to see and visit the link in our profile to see more photos. #🏎️

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In 2007, Ryan Wilcox broke all 4 limbs and his back in a devastating motorcycle accident. He also ruptured his aorta, which left him hospitalized for 9 months. Ryan — by his own account a speed junkie — didn’t walk for almost 2 years after that accident. For most people, that kind of wake-up call would end the pursuit of speed. But not Ryan, whose body is crisscrossed with #scars from many surgeries. As soon as he could apply pressure to an accelerator pedal, he began his career in rally racing, where the allure of high speed through dirt and grit was too much to resist. Rally cars race on secluded roads against the clock, not other drivers. Tomorrow, one of the biggest days in auto racing, the world’s most talented, well-funded drivers will chase victory at the #MonacoGrandPrix, the #Indy500 and the #CocaCola600. Men like Ryan are far removed from that high-tech world, but they’re of the same blood. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos by Ben Zucker ( saltysearabbit). #🏎️

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Tomorrow, one of the biggest days in auto racing, the world’s most talented, well-funded drivers will chase victory at the #MonacoGrandPrix, the #Indy500 and the #CocaCola600. Men like Ryan Wilcox are far removed from that high-tech world, but they’re of the same blood. “A guy like me – I do everything,” Ryan told the photographer Ben Zucker ( saltysearabbit). “I prep the car for the race; I trailer the car there. If it needs anything when we get there, it’s all on me. It symbolizes a lot of hard work – there’s countless hours of tedious hand work, nothing machines can do: hours grinding, cutting, welding, just to make it the way I want. Most people see a car, I see hundreds of hours of work.” When Ryan gets a good result against more expensive cars, it sweetens the moment for him. “They have a full professional crew and all these spare parts,” he said. “Yeah, it feels awesome to outperform someone who’s got the upper hand on you.” Visit the link in our profile to see more of saltysearabbit's images of rally cars, which race on secluded roads against the clock, not other drivers. #🏎️

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Before he caught the acting bug, Geoffrey Rush fancied himself something of a cosmologist, obsessed by space exploration and diligently studying math, physics and chemistry. So you might say the stars aligned when realronhoward tapped him to portray #AlbertEinstein in natgeochannel’s “Genius.” As the older Einstein, now at the mini-series’s forefront, #GeoffreyRush plays the wild-haired scientist as a visionary and — dare we say sexy? — libertine, his celebrity rocketing after he unlocks the cosmos with his theory of relativity. But there were a few things the 65-year-old Australian actor wasn’t taught in school — the part about Einstein’s wives and lovers and unhappy kids, or the anti-Semitism he faced from the nationalistic German physics community. “All of that was a revelation,” said Geoffrey, who was photographed here by nathanielwood. “There were many, many elements that were very fresh.” Visit the link in our profile to read our conversation with Geoffrey Rush about about his love of playing historical figures and his latest turn as Captain Barbossa in disneypirates.

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Why did the chickens cross the road? To get a sandwich. #Tampa — where zackwittman took this photo in the #YborCity neighborhood — is the home to the Cuban sandwich. (At least that’s what people from there will tell you.) Although the exact creator and location of its origins are debatable, the neighborhood’s claim seems solid: that its large Cuban population, which swelled toward the end of the 19th century, at least popularized the idea in the U.S. that combining ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and pickles between bread is a fantastic idea. Visit the link in our profile to read about imjasondiamond’s road trip through #Florida, from Jacksonville to Key Largo. #regram #🐣

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The debate over the removal of 4 Confederate-era monuments has stewed in #NewOrleans for nearly 2 years. And things haven’t subsided with the removal of the statue of #RobertELee, which was plucked off its pedestal a week ago. For many, this is about family members who went to war and family members who were sold in the slave market downtown, and family in whom the bloodlines overlapped in ways that have seldom been acknowledged. Cherice Harrison-Nelson, who was photographed by misterwidmer, is Big Queen of the Guardians of the Flame, one of the city’s Mardi Gras Indian tribes, who wear elaborately beaded and feathered suits sewn by hand. Last year, she made a suit to commemorate her enslaved great-great-grandfather. “His name was Madison,” she told nytimes recently. “He was only 11 years old when he was stolen from his mother and his father … Despite all of the atrocities perpetuated against this child, he lived to be an elder. Because of that, I am here. When the crane lifted Lee off his pedestal, I exhaled. I thought: ‘It’s about time. It’s about time.’” Visit the link in our profile to read 4 more stories.

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Fresh Italian cheeses are best eaten as soon as they’re made, when they taste utterly pure, sweet and milky. Or at least that’s the ideal. #Burrata, mozzarella’s luscious creamy-centered cousin, was once a relatively unknown regional specialty. Lately, though, it has gained immensely in popularity outside Italy. Now, twice-weekly shipments from Puglia meet the needs of consumers in the U.S. You can also find an excellent domestically produced burrata, from California, New York, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin. Everyone loves it — and why not? It demands to be devoured. Fresh burrata needs no adornment, just good bread, or perhaps a drizzle of olive oil and a few arugula leaves. Here, in a dish photographed by karstenmoran, it’s served with a fava bean-celery-fennel relish and arugula, and topped by a drizzle of olive oil. Visit the link in our profile to get this simple springtime #recipe from nytfood. #🧀

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The first group of women graduated from usarmy infantry training last week. But with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was hard to distinguish the mixed-gender squads from those of earlier generations. And that’s just how the #Army wants it. After the Obama administration ordered the military in 2013 to open all combat positions to women, the Army developed gender-neutral performance standards to ensure that recruits entering the infantry were all treated the same. It has sought to play down the significance of the new female infantrymen — as they’re still known — not mentioning, when families gathered last week for their graduation, that the 18 women who made it through would be the first in more than 2 centuries for the American infantry. But just before graduation, one female drill sergeant pulled aside a group of female privates and gave them her unofficial assessment: “This is a big deal.” Melissa Golden ( eyesplosion) took this series of photos of women and men training together. Swipe left to see more photos, including 2 from the graduation, and and visit the link in our profile to read the full story.

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A view of #Taormina, an iridescent pearl of the Ionian Sea. President realdonaldtrump should enjoy some respite today when he gazes out of his luxury suite and takes in the view of the Sicilian town hosting the Group of 7 summit meeting. Despite its temporary transformation into a police state in paradise for the #G7 summit meeting attended by world leaders, Taormina’s postcard panoramas, its exaggerated Epcot Italian-ness and its reputation as the sun-drenched pleasure dome for reality TV stars, aging playboys and affluent Russians remain intact. It’s a spot that is both exclusive and a little hokey, where those with #jetsetter schedules, gilded tastes and an appreciation for #luxury, models and discretion come together. “I see myself as Trump,” said Vittorio Sabato, who drove up the town’s winding roads apologizing for his BMW (“I have a Maserati and a Porsche”) and showed nytimes journalists some local landmarks, including the hotel where President #Trump is rumored to have stayed in the past. While realdonaldtrump, his family and advisers have expressed especially warm feelings toward Italy — “Great people, love Italy,” he said recently in a meeting with the Italian prime minister — the president’s actual experience in #Italy seems limited. Visit the link in our profile to read more and to see more photos of Taormina by alessandro.grassani.

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2 days before he was scheduled to die, John Shields roused in his hospice bed with an unusual idea. He wanted to organize an Irish wake for himself. It would be old-fashioned, except for one notable detail — he’d be there. John intended to die swiftly and peacefully by lethal injection, administered by his doctor. Last June, the #Canadian government legalized what it termed “medical assistance in dying” for competent adult patients who are near death and suffering intolerably from irremediable illnesses. When his doctor told him he qualified, John felt the first hope since he’d learned that he had a rare and incurable disease called #amyloidosis. Having control over the terms of his death made him feel empowered over the disease. He also felt like a pioneer. On March 23, the last night of John’s life, he held a party in the hospice solarium with swisschaletca takeout for all. A heavy atmosphere hung over the small room before he arrived. But when 2 nurses wheeled him into the solarium, the room’s heaviness lifted. “You think I’m only going to have one portion?” he said when presented with his plate of chicken. Watch our #InstagramStory to see more photos by leslyedavis and to learn more.

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Grilling season is upon us. Gas or charcoal? It’s a question that has bedeviled Americans for decades, since the first LazyMan propane grill went on sale in the 1950s. Decades later, there’s no easy answer — there are positives and negatives to each form of fire, depending on what you’re cooking, when and for how long. On a Wednesday night there’s little easier than lighting a gas grill to make something quick. They’re ideal for cooking fish, for roasting vegetables, for making a fast dinner of sausages and peppers. Good things to grill over charcoal? Steak, so long as it isn’t too fatty or too slicked in oil. Also: chicken, pork, fruit and anything that will be cooked long enough in the presence of smoke and indirect heat to qualify as barbecue. jessica___marx photographed a #charcoal grill. Swipe left to see her photos of 2 dishes nytfood recommends for each type of grill: flounder (gas) and chicken thighs (charcoal). The, visit the link in our profile to get the #NYTFood recipes.

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On #MemorialDay weekend in 1979, our photographer fredrconrad took a ride in a helicopter over what he remembers as “a quiet, sleepy” New York City. In an article published the next day alongside a similar image, one New Yorker put it another way: “Where have all the New Yorkers gone?” she asked. Despite a gasoline shortage, nytimes reported, New Yorkers “fled the city for the Memorial Day weekend, leaving behind them empty streets and an eerie quiet.” (“This was long before the Times Square makeover and tourist boom that is now an everyday annoyance for New Yorkers trying to work and live in the city,” fredrconrad explained recently.) For those who did stay behind, the relative calm provided an opportunity to visit what nytimes called “those ‘I’ll-go-there-next-summer’ spots,” including the #StatueofLiberty. To see a #tbt photo every day of the week, follow nytarchives. #🗽

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You may not know jackantonoff. But you probably love his music. He’s a go-to producer and songwriter for lordemusic, taylorswift and others on the pop A-list. “Sometimes he sits at the piano and we both just start ad-libbing and the song seems to create itself,” #TaylorSwift told nytimes in an email. “His excitement and exuberance about writing songs is contagious.” #Lorde’s “Melodrama,” which he executive produced, comes out next month. He’s also working with st_vincent and recording with pink and carlyraejepsen. “It’s weird to know you’re in a moment,” he said. “It’s not as black and white as just success or charts — you feel it when you’re in the studio.” At the center of jackantonoff’s life, though, is the band bleachersmusic. “Gone Now,” out next Friday, is his 2nd album under that moniker. The project includes his most quixotic idea to date: removing his teenage bedroom from his parents’ home, replicating it in a trailer and taking it on tour. It’s part art installation and part interactive listening parlor, he explained — fans can hear the album “where it was most inspired in the first place.” tawnibannister took this photo of #JackAntonoff.

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The noorimages photographer sebastianliste took this photo of Al-Hatab Square, once one of the prettier spots in Aleppo’s Old City, while on assignment for nytmag in #Syria. When he and the nytmag writer Robert F. Worth visited #Aleppo recently, parts of the city were unrecognizable. “I almost stepped on an unexploded Turkish gas bomb surrounded by yellow spring flowers,” Robert writes of the scene pictured here. “On the square’s edges, half the buildings were destroyed. It was hard to believe this was once an orderly urban setting, lined with restaurants and hotels.” In the U.S., the drawn-out siege of #Aleppo — where the Syrian regime and its Russian allies repeatedly bombed hospitals and civilian areas — was widely deplored as a war crime. Some said the refusal to intervene was a defining moral failure of the Obama administration. On the other side, regime supporters saw only the rebels’ atrocities and their manipulation of civilians for propaganda. The “fall” of Aleppo, they said, was really the “liberation” of a city from terrorist rule, and a sign that Assad had all but won the civil war. “Both portraits are false and self-serving,” Robert writes. As Syria adjusts to a new reality, a complicated new picture of the conflict is emerging. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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In the 7 years she lived in Beijing, Vega Zaishi Wang ( vegazwang) started her eponymous label and made her name as one of China’s top young fashion designers. But Beijing’s grueling pace of life was taking its toll. She struggled with depression so oppressive she named one of her collections “The Dark Night of the Soul.” So last September, vegazwang fled to #Xiamen, a coastal city between Hong Kong and Shanghai. She set up a studio in a 4-story mansion in a quiet neighborhood a short walk from the beach. “In Beijing, there was no such thing as work-life balance,” the 32-year-old said. “But here in Xiamen, I can slow down my pace and focus on my collections. I’m much happier here.” And she isn’t alone. vegazwang is the latest addition to a small but robust community of up-and-coming Chinese #fashion designers who have forgone the glamour of Shanghai and Beijing in favor of Xiamen. Known as the “Xiamen gang,” they’re bringing aesthetics ranging from elevated street wear to high-end fashion to a city not known for its sense of chic. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by lamyikfei.

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The world has been horrified by the young ages of many of the victims in the Manchester bombing. But today, attention shifted to parents of concertgoers who were also killed. 7 have been identified, including a couple who left behind 2 daughters. Most of the parents had come to pick up their children and were waiting just outside the arena — exactly where the bomber hit. andrew_testa captured this scene earlier today at a multifaith vigil held in St. Ann's Square in Manchester to commemorate the victims of Britain’s deadliest terrorist assault since 2005.

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Ahoy, New Yorkers: #FleetWeek begins today. The annual tradition, now in its 29th year, brings marines, uscg members and others who serve the U.S. at sea to New York City. This year, about 3,700 service members are expected to participate. Among the highlights: The Parade of Ships, which took place along the Hudson River this morning, and where nytchangster took this photo of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia. Tomorrow, you can tour ships for free at the intrepidmuseum. And on Saturday, Marine Day performances and military demonstrations will take place in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. #⚓ #🚢

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#SpeakingInDance | “They have chemistry together that is magic,” said Suki Schorer, who staged “Scotch Symphony” for this year’s annual School of American Ballet ( sab_nyc) workshop performances. And it’s true: As a pair, Mira Nadon, 16, and Davide Riccardo, 17, have a spellbinding luminosity. They take on George Balanchine’s sweeping and romantic 1952 homage to the Highland landscape in the school’s matinee performance on June 3. “She’s teasing the guy a little bit,” Mira said of her role. “There are lots of times where she’ll call to him and then say no, and he has to run after her.” As for their chemistry? It’s a happy surprise. Davide, who moved to the U.S. from Italy to train at the nycballet-affiliated school, has never been paired with Mira before but, he said, “it feels so good to dance together.” Mira, her eyes widening, recalled when she first saw Davide’s flexibility. “He was doing an attitude,” she said, referring to a position when the leg is lifted and bent, “and it was so high.” As Suki told the nytimes writer giadk, “He has to be told, ‘Don’t lift your leg, hold your stomach!’” In this video made by adamgolfer for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance, you can practically feel the mist rise.

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