@americamedia had a requirement for its new offices in Midtown Manhattan that the architects had never encountered working with previous office clients. It wanted a chapel. The 108-year-old Jesuit organization, which publishes America magazine, has been diversifying in recent years into nonprint platforms to provide news and opinion with a #Catholic focus. But as important as gathering and transmitting information is to the organization, so is nurturing faith. “This is the center of our mission,” said the Rev. Matt Malone, America Media’s president and editor in chief, standing in the place of worship that is now tucked into a corner of the organization’s new offices in Manhattan The chapel — photographed here by @samuelhodgson — is where priests take turns leading Friday Mass for themselves and any employees who care to attend. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Daiana Ferreira de Oliveira was 6 or 7 when her mother first brought her and her sisters from their home in a poor neighborhood in northern Rio de Janeiro to the majestic Municipal Theater for a production of “Swan Lake.” The family stood out: a black single mother who made a living cleaning homes, guiding her daughters through crowds of mostly white theatergoers. “My mother said we needed to have culture,” Daiana said. “For her it wasn’t a matter of being rich or poor.” When Daiana earned her degree in physical education in 2012, the situation in Brazil was starting to look up. She soon began offering free classical ballet lessons at state-financed library in Manguinhos, a favela. “There is no set destiny,” she would tell her students. “Just because you were born in a favela does not mean your life needs to play out a certain way.” But optimism gave way to dread as Brazil’s economy began contracting. A few months after the Rio Olympics wrapped up, the library closed. With the help of a locksmith, Daiana broke in, cleaned it up and installed her own padlock. Dado Galdieri took this photo of Isabelle Sande, left, and Isabela Peixoto on their way to class. For hundreds of girls, the ballet school has been a reprieve from the violence and poverty that afflicts Manguinhos. Swipe left to see Daiana and her ballet students. Then visit the link in our profile to read the full story, by @londonoe.
By the end of 2017, the West had suffered its 2nd-worst fire year since the early 1950s. East of Portland, a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail scorched for 3 months. As the fires burned, Mark Beebe, a hiker on the trail, and Tara Prevo, a NASA intern who was more than 2,000 miles away, began getting to know each other through texts, phone calls and trailside video. He told her about his job delivering pizzas in Portland. She told him about her time of homelessness, when she spent several months living out of a pickup truck. Sitting beside his tent, Mark decided that no matter what came next, he would ask Tara out on a real date if they ended up in the same place. It was the fires, they said — and the lure of the #PacificCrestTrail, which Tara was already dreaming of hiking herself — that forged their relationship. By the time the winter snows came, Mark and Tara were a couple, and portions of their beloved trail lay in ashes. So they went back in together, along with scores of others, to rebuild. Mark and Tara have been out together 5 times to fix parts of the Pacific Crest Trail. Now they’re planning for Tara’s own solo hike in 2020. They intend to walk the first 86 miles from Canada, heading south together — the stretch Mark was unable to complete due to fires in 2017. @fremson took this photo of the Columbia River Gorge in May. Swipe left to see the couple volunteering and visit the link in our profile to read more.
For most of the 2 months she was held in immigration detention centers in the United States, Donelda Pulex Castellanos feared she might never see her 6-year-old daughter again. The 2 had been caught after unlawfully crossing the Mexican border. Donelda was locked up in Texas and her daughter, Marelyn Maydori, was sent to a foster home in Michigan. They were reunited last week, moments before they were put on a plane back to Guatemala. “It never occurred to us that we were going to be imprisoned and they were going to take my daughter,” Donelda, 35, said last week in Santa Rosa de Lima, a poor municipality in Guatemala. During the ordeal, her family was particularly concerned about Marelyn. “It’s one thing with an adult,” said Donelda’s father, Aman Pulex Monterrozo, 63. “But a child?” He continued: “A child has a tiny heart. A child is innocent.” Donelda, her husband and their 2 daughters — who are pictured together in the second photo — are living in Aman’s house. The Pulexes plan to take Marelyn to see a psychologist. She’s doesn’t have much to say about her experiences in the U.S. How was the treatment by her foster parents? “Good.” And at the detention center, too? “No.” @meghandhaliwal took these photos while on #nytassignment in Guatemala. (In the first photo, Marelyn, left, is playing with her cousin.) Visit the link in our profile to read more.
A perfect avocado is a lucky find. Neither granite-hard nor squishably soft, it should yield only slightly when pressed, maintain its integrity when sliced, and feel like butter on the tongue when eaten. When our food columnist @clarkbar finds perfect avocados, she likes to show them off. Here, she drizzled them with a salsa verde-like dressing seasoned with red wine vinegar, a little chile, some garlic and piquant herbs. Then, for more texture and freshness, she added whole herb leaves strewn over the plate along with briny capers for a salty bite. That’s it — no lettuce, no tomato, no onion, nothing to distract from the avocado’s glory. Serve it as an appetizer or side, with grilled or roasted meat or fish, or make it the foundation of a light lunch with chunks of baguette and goat cheese. Because the quality of avocados can be dicey, she suggests buying a couple extra when you try this just in case one ends up a dud. Worst-case scenario: You only get nice ones, and have to eat an extra avocado the next day. @andrewscrivani took this photo of sliced avocados. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #
Deep in a mountain in southern Russia, in a small town called Neytrino, scientists are tracking one of the universe’s most elusive particles. For the last half-century, Neytrino’s main business has been the study of the tiniest insubstantial bit of matter in the universe, an ephemeral fly-by-night subatomic particle called the #neutrino. Last year, @maksimbabenko photographed this lab at the Baksan Neutrino Observatory, which is hidden underneath 12,000 feet of rock. Inside, vats of liquid wait to record the flight of neutrinos from the center of the sun, from exploding stars, atomic reactors and the Big Bang itself, carrying messages through time. “Neutrinos are the ghost riders of the cosmos, mostly impervious to the forces, like electromagnetism, with which other denizens of nature interact,” explains our reporter Dennis Overbye, who’s been covering the universe for more than 3 decades. “Neutrinos cruise unmolested through rocks, the earth and even our bodies. In the words of a famous poem by John Updike, they ‘insult the stallion in his stall.’” The people working at Baksan share an underground union with scientists scattered around the world in equally deep places — in South Dakota, Ontario, Italy, Japan and at the South Pole. All of them are trying to listen to quantum whispers about the nature of reality. Visit the link in our profile to see more.
The World Cup arrived in Russia at a time when the country’s relationship with Europe and the U.S. had reached its lowest ebb for decades, fractured almost beyond repair by conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, accusations of poisoning both individuals and democracy, by doping of athletes and the downing of MH17. FIFA estimated that more than a million fans descended on the country in the past month. In every host city, the first questions most of them were asked were how much they liked Russia, whether they were having a good time, whether they had been treated well. People are eager for what they see as the negative image of the country created by the Western news media to be corrected. FIFA, certainly, believes its showpiece tournament has done just that. “Everyone has discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, full of people who are keen to show to the world that what maybe is sometimes said is not what happens here,” FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, said. Many believe that the @fifaworldcup has been a wonderful carnival, a chance to mix with fans who might otherwise never visit Kazan or Kaliningrad. But they know that carnivals move on, that normal life returns. @sinyakov.denis took this photo of a Russian man holding a Soviet flag on Nikolskaya Street in downtown Moscow, which was transformed during the World Cup.
Summer means spending time outside: backyard barbecues, beach trips and lakeside cabins. But there’s nothing like a sunburn to make you think twice about leaving the house. With year-round homebodies in mind, @tmagazine rounded up some of their dreamiest interior features. Here, @mikaelolsson_ captured a 3,200-square-foot apartment on the 2nd floor of a 17th-century palazzo belonging to Luca Guadagnino — of @cmbynfilm and “A Bigger Splash” fame — in Crema, Italy. Luca also directed the 6-month-long renovation of the house. Visit the link in our profile to see @tmagazine’s look inside more homes like this one.
President Trump stood next to President Vladimir V. Putin today and publicly disputed the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election. “I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” @realdonaldtrump said. We don’t know everything the 2 men spoke about — only translators were present — but their news conference was a remarkable spectacle. They also raised the possibility that their intelligence agencies might work together, just days after a rocky NATO summit in which @realdonaldtrump criticized longstanding U.S. allies. #VladimirPutin offered to have Russian intelligence agencies work with their American counterparts on the election meddling case — “an incredible offer,” #PresidentTrump said. Our photographer @nytmills, who has been documenting the trip, captured President Putin giving a soccer ball to President #Trump. @realdonaldtrump said he'd give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron and tossed it to his wife Melania. The summit meeting was the final leg of the president’s weeklong trip. Visit the link in our profile for analysis.
Some residents of Cambridge, England, are so fond of their local cattle that only Latin can do justice to their feelings. “It gives a sense of rus in urbe, which means rusticity in town,” mused Alex Perkins, a @cambridgeuniversity librarian, as a dark red steer meandered across his evening commute. About 120 cattle roam amid the city parks and Gothic towers of this medieval university town and, stepping over the cow pies, the human residents profess an improbable pride in their bovine neighbors. “Seeing a cow gives a kind of rural feeling, the momentary illusion of being out in the country,” added Alex. “Parks do that to a certain extent, too, of course. But cows do it better.” The earliest settlers in what is now Cambridge built on a kind of gravelly island in a marshland. In areas too low and soggy for construction or farming, they set aside fields for shared use by locals, known as commoners, to graze livestock. Cattle grazed similar commons in towns across England, including in London. But such commons began to come under siege about 400 years ago, as the gentry pushed to enclose more land into private properties. In London and other towns, urbanization and industrialization eventually squeezed out the cattle. But in Cambridge, the cows held their ground. @andrew_testa took this photo. Visit the link in our profile to see more from Cambridge. #
No sitting on the floor, no hugging your siblings, and it's best not to cry. We spoke to migrant children about life in detention centers. There are more than 100 of these facilities — a rough blend of boarding school, day care center and medium security lockup — around the U.S. Last week, in trying to comply with a court order, the government returned slightly more than half of 103 children under the age of 5 to their migrant parents. But more than 2,800 children remain in these facilities, where the environments range from impersonally austere to nearly bucolic. Depending on several variables, including happenstance, a child might be sent to a 33-acre youth shelter in Yonkers that features picnic tables, sports fields and even an outdoor pool. Or that child could wind up at a converted motel along a tired Tucson strip of discount stores, gas stations and budget motels. Still, some elements of these detention centers seem universally shared. The multiple rules. The wake-up calls and the lights-out calls. The several hours of schooling every day. Most of all, these facilities are united by a collective sense of aching uncertainty — scores of children gathered under a roof who have no idea when they will see their parents again. Last week, @victorblue took this photo of Adan Galicia Lopez, 3, after he was reuinted with his mother in Phoenix. They had been separated for 4 months.
Where in the world is @nytimestravel? @csmphotos captured this scene while on assignment for a story we're publishing this week. Where do you think he traveled to capture this landscape? #