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On a sweltering Monday afternoon, a beautiful day for a swim, Mario Messina noticed some holidaymakers teetering dangerously close to the turquoise waters and sounded 5 short blasts of his whistle. “Come down!” he said. “Come down!” Mario is not a seaside lifeguard but a Roman police officer. His task is to protect the #TreviFountain, one of the world’s most cherished monuments, from Rome’s armies of tourists. This year, the warm weather has already brought a menacing whiff of tourists behaving badly. In April, a man went skinny-dipping in the Trevi Fountain. The same month, a Spanish tourist wearing a long tunic waded in and a German woman took a morning dip. In May, a Danish woman took an evening swim in her nightgown and 2 American women went for a dip. And n June, a Malaysian man bathed nude in another Roman fountain. (“I was hot,” he reportedly told police.) Many locals remember the folk hero known as D’Artagnan, who for decades waded into the Trevi Fountain before dawn to fish for coins. Still, “it’s never been like this,” said Vittorio Avanzini, who publishes Roman historical guides. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by @giannicipriano.
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At one point, Alison Brie (@officialalibrie) was co-starring on 2 very different shows but playing somewhat similar characters: She was Trudy Campbell, the strait-laced but ambitious housewife on “Mad Men,” and Annie Edison, the strait-laced but ambitious student on “Community.” Now that those shows have ended, it’s time for @officialalibrie to stretch her legs and flex her muscles, quite literally. On “GLOW,” out tomorrow on @netflix, she stars as a struggling actress in 1980s LA who enlists in the casting process for a new all-female professional wrestling league: the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. #AlisonBrie, who’s 34, may seem, superficially, like the proper, put-together TV characters she’s best known for. But she’s not afraid to take risks — and now she’s learned some wrestling moves. “All the women on the show, we really were cheering each other on,” she said. “We’re all walking much taller and holding ourselves differently in day-to-day life.” Visit the link in our profile to read the full interview, and to see another portrait by @richterfit.
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Amadou Anne, the oldest son, tried first. The journey to Europe from the family compound in Senegal meant crossing thousands of miles of ruthless desert and sea. Months passed with no news. Then came the phone call. Friends in France spotted a list of drowned migrants, and Amadou’s name was on it. “I was standing right there, and I cried,” his mother, Salmata Boullo Diallo, said near home in a vast expanse of fallow peanut fields in a remote part of Senegal, where @xaumeolleros took this photo. The loss didn’t end there. Amadou’s younger brother Gibbe also tried to leave this place. He died at sea while en route to Italy. Their fates matched those of so many in the region, where young men often fall into 3 unforgiving categories: the ones who’ve made it to Europe, the ones who were blocked or deported along the way and the ones who died trying. The same sea that swallowed the Anne brothers has already claimed the lives of more than 2,100 migrants and refugees this year. Yet more people keep trying. Why? Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by @xaumeolleros.
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By the time Will Ferrell was in the 6th grade, he was almost 6 feet tall and owning it. “I never felt gawky or like it was a disadvantage. I was kind of proud of being tall,” the 49-year-old actor told @nytimes. “You’re more looked up to. Literally. You are literally looking down on people.” Throughout his film and TV career, Will has used his height — he’s now 6-foot-3 — and athleticism to his advantage, wringing laughs as Buddy, Santa’s oversize helper, in “Elf”; the preening, looming broadcaster Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman”; and the goofy stepfather battling a buff @markwahlberg in @daddyshomemovie. But in @thehousemovie, which opens next Friday, Will plays Scott Johansen, an average suburban dad who learns to walk tall out of misguided necessity: When he and his wife, Kate (Amy Poehler), discover they can’t afford their only child’s college tuition, they raise money by opening a Las Vegas-style casino at a neighbor’s house. “It’s against their better judgment but in a weird way one of the greatest things they’ll ever do,” Will said, before adding, “and I get to wield an ax.” @brinsonbanks took this portrait of #WillFerrell at @thelondonweho hotel in California. Watch their #InstagramStory to see behind the scenes, and visit the link in our profile to read our full interview with the actor.
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“Say what you will, but avocado toast isn’t going anywhere,” says @KacieCarter, the chef and co-owner of @HoneyHi in Los Angeles. Now that the dish has become nearly ubiquitous, she says, “it’s up to us as chefs to figure out how to make the experience even more exciting and fun.” Here, @tmagazine rounds up 8 elevated examples of the favorite millennial meal — from Go Get Em Tiger (@ggetla), @TheRoseVenice, @JonandVinnyDelivery, @SqirlLA and more. @JuliaStotz photographed these #🥑🍞s while on assignment for @tmagazine in Los Angeles.
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#regram from @nytarchives | For much of the latter half of the 20th century, our staff photographer Neal Boenzi used his discerning eye to make some of the greatest New York City #streetphotography. It’s clear from his pictures — like this one, which he captured in the #Bronx in 1979 — that Neal enjoyed a rapport with kids on the streets of NYC. The photographer got his start at @nytimes as an office boy, working in the photo department for $30 a week. His boss told him, “You’re only getting me coffee, but stick around for a while.” But, Neal said in 2010, “I kept my eyes and ears open,” and within a year or 2 of being hired, by 1947 or 1948, he was taking pictures for @nytimes. He continued doing so — with a yearlong interval back in the service during the Korean War — until 1991. Looking back on his 45-year career in 2013, Neal put it this way: “I earned my living with my index finger.” #tbt
The Galápagos Islands, with their gorgeous scenery, unparalleled and rare wildlife unafraid of humans, and paramount historical and scientific importance, were once a place you saved for years to see. The trip was a splurge that made a ski trip to Aspen look cheap in comparison. Because of strict conservation rules put in place in the 1960s, the only way to visit used to be by cruise ship, or by living aboard a boat. These restrictions put the cost — when combined with flights to the Ecuadorean mainland and then to the islands — out of reach for many travelers. But in the last 10 years, the government of Ecuador has allowed land-based tourism into its famous province. And as a result, travelers on a budget now have some appealing options. Still, @nytimestravel recommends packing flexibility, good humor and patience. @historiassencillas photographed this mountain called Cierro Paja on Floreana Island. Swipe left to see more of his photos from the #GalapagosIslands.
The scientific start to #summer took place today at 12:24 a.m. E.T. — for the northern half of the planet, anyway. “The summer solstice offers the perfect opportunity to ponder the explosive ball of plasma that makes our very existence possible,” writes @scifleur. And for the U.S., “this is a remarkable time for the sun.” The country will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21. The eclipse will cut through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. For about 2 minutes, sections of those states will experience totality, when the moon engulfs the sun and turns day into night. @jtaggfoto, who set out to find New Yorkers basking in “the explosive ball of plasma” on the first day of summer, photographed this man in Brooklyn Bridge Park. #⛅ #summersolstice
When the boys of Baga think back to their home on the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern #Nigeria, they think of the fishermen who cast their nets at dusk. They think of the next morning, when men and boys would head back after prayer to retrieve the nets. By afternoon the boys mostly gravitated to what they called “the riverside.” Kolomi’s group was made up of pranksters who rode their bikes into trees and trained 2 brown dogs to hunt hares. Since they were small, they’d heard about Boko Haram, which translates roughly as “Western education is sinful.” But as they got older, the militant group began to grow bolder. In April 2013, the insurgents killed a Nigerian soldier in Baga. The Army retaliated, setting fire to the village. Then, in January 2015, #BokoHaram carted away the boys of Baga. While on assignment for @nytmag, @glennagordon photographed Zanna, who was 13 when he was kidnapped. Swipe left to see portraits of Kolomi and Fannami, who were 12 and 13, respectively, when they were kidnapped, and visit the link in our profile to read more about the boys from Baga. (Note: Their names have been changed in @sarahtopol’s @nytmag story, which was was created with support from @pulitzercenter.)
#SpeakingInDance | Princess Praline might sound like the pageant-queen winner at a county fair, but in #AlexeiRatmansky’s “Whipped Cream” — which is returning to @abtofficial — she does more than smile and wear a sash. “I’m worried I’m not going to get through it,” said @cassiepearlt of her fleet-footed solo. (The video is not sped up; she’s that lightning fast.) “It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve done,” Cassandra said. And she has faced some trying situations of late, including the night in early June when her dancer husband, Gray Davis, jumped onto the subway tracks to rescue a homeless man. “It was such a bizarre and disturbing experience,” she said, “but I’m so incredibly proud of him.” Next week, Cassandra revisits this sparkling solo, which concludes with 4 whipping fouetté turns. As she told the @nytimes writer @giadk: “I’ve done 32 fouettés onstage and it has never felt like those four fouettés. Your feet and your legs are like, what are you doing to me?” @gwbitz made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance. 🎹: @jacekmysinski
Consider this a breath of cold air on the first day of summer. While growing up on the open #tundra, Adami Sakiagak learned to build igloos. Now, the 57-year-old Inuit is teaching the disappearing craft to younger generations. “At one time people had no camps,” Adami said, referring to the shelters now scattered across traditional hunting and fishing grounds. “And any person who went out onto the land, they usually built an igloo.” But in Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec, the typical Northern town where Adami lives, only about a dozen people remain who know how to build one. Earlier this year, he gave @nytimes journalists a demonstration. First, he found snow that was solid, but not too dense. Once Adami located a good spot, he drew a circle in the snow to mark the igloo’s perimeter. A friend, Tiisi Qisiiq, then began cutting blocks of snow with a carpenter’s crosscut saw. @avelkaim took this photo of Adami and Tiisi working on their igloo. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and swipe left to see another view of Kangiqsujuaq, where, on a clear night, the velvety black sky is sprayed with stars and hung with greenish garlands of ghostly #northernlights. #❄️
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It was only a year ago that the world of LGBTQ #nightlife — in all its prismatic, out-and-proud glory — was devastated by the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people died and 58 were injured at a place that had been a wellspring of weekly celebration, especially for those in the gay Latino community. But an unscientific survey conducted this month found a community that has turned its pain and rage into ragers: Parties with purpose, with perspective, and with a renewed sense of community have gathered a new generation together under one roof. “You need a kind of escapism from it all,” says DJ James Hillard, a co-founder of the team Horse Meat Disco. His answer: “music across the disco spectrum in all its metronomic glory.” The DJ’s syncopated beats beckon throngs of men to #danceitout beneath a giant disco ball. “You need something to take you away from the drudgery of life,” James told @nytimes. “Disco did that back then, and it still does it now. I always say that the answers to life are in the lyrics of the music.” @emilcohen captured this scene at The Horse Meat Disco party, staged in May in Manhattan.