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.
The New York Nazi Town Still Fighting To Stay Pure
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.
One-Of-A-Kind Aerial Photography Turns Great Cities Into Incandescent Acid Trips
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.
At The Edge Of Death: Fearless National Geographic Adventurers
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.