What You Missed This Week: The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure

Published November 13, 2015
Published November 13, 2015

This week’s top stories: Russia’s horrifying and accurately named “zombie drug,” the New York Nazi town still fighting to stay pure, handy 100-year-old life hacks, the adventurers who walk on cliff edges and inside volcanoes, and aerial photography that turns cities into acid trips.

Yaphank Ny Hitler Street Sign

Image Source: The New York Times

The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure

Yaphank Ny Nazi March

Image Source: The New York Times

Just 50 miles west of New York City’s borough of Queens–often cited as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world–lies the small, exclusively white, hamlet of Yaphank. And it’s no coincidence that Yaphank ended up that way. In the 1930s, the town was founded by the German American Settlement League, an offshoot of the Bund, the nationwide American network of Nazi sympathizers. Parades featuring swastika-adorned flags marched through the town and hundreds flocked to its Nazi summer camp.

Today, the German American Settlement League, which still essentially controls the town, is fighting to retain its law that any homeowner must be of primarily German extraction (unofficially: they must be white). One couple, former residents, are now taking the league to court, and shedding well-deserved light on Yaphank’s troubling past and present. Go in-depth at The New York Times.

Yaphank Ny Welcome Sign

Image Source: The New York Times

One-Of-A-Kind Aerial Photography Turns Great Cities Into Incandescent Acid Trips

London Bridge Night Lights

London. Image Source: The Washington Post

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet describes his new book as a project “born of my need to share an important lesson I’ve discovered over the past decade making aerial photographs: the world is much smaller than we think…Borders are irrelevant and distances shortened. Clearly, we are more intimately connected to one another than we may realize.” See more at The Washington Post.

Chicago Night Lights Smoke

Chicago. Image Source: The Washington Post

Los Angeles Night Lights

Los Angeles. Image Source: The Washington Post

At The Edge Of Death: Fearless National Geographic Adventurers

Man Standing Cliff Edge

Alex Honnold, a ropeless free climber, stands on the Thank God Ledge of Yosemite’s Half Dome, 1,800 feet above the ground. Image Source: National Geographic

Few people would dare get close enough to see an active volcano, let alone close enough to feel its power coursing through their body. Such is the life of National Geographic-caliber adventurer Carsten Peter, who describes the sound of a volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo as “a low-frequency rumbling that pulses through your body—like being inside a giant subwoofer.” See Carsten and others from across the world tempt fate just as boldly at National Geographic.

Man Inside Volcano

A scientist walks inside the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Image Source: National Geographic

Man Volcano Eruption Smoke

Photographer Carsten Peter takes a moment to pose for a self-portrait in front of an erupting Mount Semeru on the Indonesian island of Java. Semeru has been in a state of near-constant eruption since 1967. Image Source: National Geographic

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.