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Here’s a recipe for summer: August corn and seafood meet green chiles, lime and tomatillos in this bright and colorful stew. The tangy flavors of this colorful @nytcooking dish — adapted from the chef Jose Salazar of @mitascincy — are loosely based on Mexican pozole verde, a hominy stew usually made with pork or chicken, or both. But here, the starchy grains are replaced by juicy, fresh corn kernels, and seafood stands in for the meat. The stew is herbal and light, with a sweetness from the corn that’s balanced by lime juice and roasted tomatillos. Green chiles give the whole thing a kick. Visit the link in our profile to get @clarkbar’s #recipe for corn-seafood stew, which was photographed here by @andrewscrivani.

In 2016, Kala La Fortune Reed rediscovered her bicycle and started riding all over Newark, New Jersey. One day, a man called out to her. Keep it up, he said. There aren’t enough girls on bikes. She scanned the streets and realized he was right. Studies backed up what her eyes told her: By middle school, girls are riding less than boys; by the time they grow up, women make up just 24% of riders in the U.S. 🚲 Kala’s solution: @girlsonbikess, which aims to achieve pedal equality for a new generation of girls and women. She recruited Maseera Subhani and Jenn Made, friends from @rutgersu who shared her love of cycling and for Newark itself. “We’re breaking the stigma and norm of who a female rider is supposed to be,” Maseera said. Kala interned with a local bike mechanic. Jenn created a curriculum for school workshops. And Maseera found graphic designers and reached out to other community group. The women, who are all 22, recruited a dozen volunteers and began hosting learn-to-ride lessons and evening tours that favored conversation over competition. A mission emerged. “We wanted to create a sisterhood,” Kala said. “We go really slow. We have fun. We’re doing this to build relationships, to build a movement.” @dontgabalot took this photo of Kala while on #nytassignment in Newark, New Jersey. See @nytgender for more photos. #🚴‍♀️

@laetitiavancon photographed people waiting for a bus in Roade, a medieval village in the British county of Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire has become a warning sign of the perilous state of Britain’s local governments. The Conservative-led local government here has a budget deficit so big that councilors are stripping away all but the minimum services required by law. The county council voted in February to shut 21 of its 36 libraries, end subsidies for bus services and suspend road repairs. Officials are even considering cutbacks in mandated services for vulnerable adults and children. A Conservative Party bastion, Northamptonshire is leafy and affluent, littered with aristocratic estates — yet in February its local authority became the first in 2 decades to effectively run out of money. Britain is already in upheaval over #Brexit. But Northamptonshire is foreshadowing another potential fiscal crisis: Local governments drained of resources. The crisis is complicated and partly self-inflicted. But it has roots in the austerity policies and cost cutting that the Conservative-led national government imposed a decade ago. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

This summer, the photographer @dedecim took a look inside New York’s underground #wrestling scene, a DIY community of performers, referees, managers and fans who embrace the violent pageantry of a sport usually seen on pay-per-view or in arenas. For a few hours a week, they congregate in gyms, nightclubs and social clubs to perform under the guises of brutish and flamboyant personae. “We’re all having fun and enjoying doing this,” said Jake Gomez, 31, who works as a special-education teacher in Downtown Brooklyn during the daytime. “The outlet is being in the ring and being able to express the superhero inside you.” Jake’s superhero persona: @kingofchaosnyc. Most wrestlers in the underground community revel in the freedom of temporary shape-shifting. “This was never something I thought I’d be able to do,” said Alex Abakulov, who wrestles as A.J. Spectre and studies osteopathic medicine. “I was this out-of-shape foreign kid who grew up poor and always got made fun of. I didn’t expect that I’d be performing in front of anybody. Every show is a gift.” Swipe left to see more of @dedecim’s photos of NYC’s #undergroundwrestling scene, and visit the link in our profile to read @subwayjeans’s story. #thelooknyt

Where in the world is @nytimestravel? The photographer @davillasana took this photo while on assignment for a story we’re publishing this week. Where do you think she traveled to capture this scene? #🌍🔍

A year from now, Des Moines, Iowa, will be the political epicenter of the U.S. The @iowastatefair: where presidential ambitions are made and broken. The photographer @samuelhodgson spent 4 days talking to fairgoers, who provide a political bellwether for the 2020 presidential election and the midterms in November. “They’re already coming,” said Steve Townsend as he strolled the main strip with his wife, Sandy, pictured here. “It never ceases. We might get 6 months off, and then we go back at it again.” In 2015, @realdonaldtrump, then a long shot for the Republican nomination, arrived at the fair by helicopter and put in place a robust field operation in Iowa. He came in 2nd place in the #Iowa caucus. But his success in 2020 is not guaranteed. Many supporters here said they would wait to see how he fares in trade battles this year, though some balked at the idea of challenging a sitting Republican president. Visit the link in our profile to see @samuelhodgson’s photo essay from the #IowaStateFair.

A year from now, Des Moines, Iowa, will be the political epicenter of the United States. The Iowa State Fair: where presidential ambitions are made and broken; where a selfie of a candidate eating a double bacon corn dog is worth its weight in electoral gold. One year before the 2020 candidates descend on the #IowaStateFair, we went to see whether attendees had ideas on how the would-be presidents might win their votes. The relentless politicking seems to be testing the outer limits of “Iowa Nice,” but the state relishes its role as the first presidential caucus in the nation. @samuelhodgson took this photo of fairgoers waiting to listen to gubernatorial candidates speak at the fair last week. Visit the link in our profile to see his photo essay from the @iowastatefair, where he spent a week on #nytassignment (and ate 7 corn dogs).

The @iowastatefair is where presidential ambitions are made or broken. The fair and its attendees provide a political bellwether for the 2020 presidential election and the midterms in November. “It’s not Iowa’s job to pick the president,” said Paul D. Pate, the Iowa secretary of State. “It’s our job to ask the questions you would want asked.” Recently, @samuelhodgson spent a week in Des Moines, photographing fair-goers and eating corn dogs. He took this photo of a participant taking part in the "Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest.” What should the candidates do to win over Iowans at the fair? “Wear a cowboy hat,” 12-year-old Gage Coffman told @samuelhodgson. His brother Tristan Barker chimed in. “And don’t be stupid.” Visit the link in our profile to see the full photo essay from the #IowaStateFair.

@sen2figueroa, a Puerto Rican-born artist, designed and painted these courts in Highland Park in Brooklyn as part of a @usta arts project. While the hairstyles and fashion trends of #tennis players have dramatically evolved over the years, the courts themselves have mostly stayed the same. But this year, a few artists have disrupted this orderliness in 5 cities: Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cincinnati and NYC. At the court in Miami, the center of the net seems to emit bold rays that form giant multicolor hearts. In Chicago, players run between leaflike shapes of varying shades of green. And in Brooklyn, the Highland Park courts — photographed here by @nicholascalcott — reopened on Saturday filled with blistering comic-book lettering reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. @sen2figueroa and James Rodriguez, another artist, say they worked three, 12-plus-hour days to finish the project at Highland Park. “Art Courts” is part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the @usopen. Organizers hope to inject a dash of enthusiasm and color into community tennis courts in underserved neighborhoods — as well as enliven a sport that, to some, possesses a reputation for stuffiness and adherence to rules. Visit the link in our profile to see more of these colorful #tenniscourts. #🎾

🔊“What they said to think, I thought not but instead made my mind into a birdcage with wings.” This summer, we selected 6 #poems by female poets working in the United States and asked photographers to let the words inspire them. Turn your volume up to hear @melissastuddard read her poem “Everyone In Me Is A Bird.” ✨“This poem can be interpreted in many ways, depending on how you feel about your own womanhood or gender,” the photographer @maddiemcgarvey writes. “There is so much pressure in society to be a certain type of person or female, and not everyone feels like they fit that mold.” She worked with the photographer @annieflanagan to create these composite images, a creative project they’ve worked on together for years. They explored different ways people might feel confined in their own bodies — ”a preteen girl and a broken window, an aging woman surrounded by both a riot scene and a peaceful willow, or a transgendered woman with birds flying everywhere,” @maddiemcgarvey writes. They also photographed one another. “We wanted the images to reflect the darker side of womanhood, and what that might mean to people individually,” @annieflanagan writes. Swipe left, then visit the link in our profile to see more photos inspired by #poetry. Audio recording by @lauratx.

🔊“Unlike twilight, I do not conclude with darkness. I conclude.” This summer, we selected 6 #poems by female poets working in the United States and asked photographers to let the words inspire them. Turn your volume up to hear Jennifer Chang (@twignoise) read her poem “The Winter’s Wife,” on the first 2 images here. ✨“I love the way she used nature to symbolize personal growth,” the Chicago-based photographer @anjalipinto writes of the poem. With @twignoise’s words in mind, @anjalipinto sought women as subjects — “women I have known but do not know deeply,” she writes. “To me, they are resilient, confident and beautiful. I wanted to use them to represent some of the themes I took away from the poem — the expectations women have for themselves, the pain and longing from unmet dreams, and the confidence and self assuredness that comes with age and perspective.” After reading the poem many times over the course of 2 weeks, @anjalipinto concluded that “although life can feel in the moment — so difficult and uncertain — it will take time to realize that those struggles are the foundation for who we truly are.” Swipe left, then visit the link in our profile to see more photos inspired by #poetry. Audio recording by @melodious47.

In his first year of high school, the future @dodgers pitcher @18_maeken was handed the ball to start his team’s opening game in Japan’s annual high school baseball tournament at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan. The team lost, and he never returned. But the tournament proved formative in his baseball development. “Of course, kids watch the pro game, but it’s Koshien they aspire to,” he said. This year’s edition of the summer extravaganza at Koshien Stadium outside Osaka is the 100th. The tournament begins regionally in each of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Every high school with a #baseball program participates — 3,871 of them this year. Teenagers become national heroes on Koshien’s diamond. Playing in the tournament is such a big deal that players collect dirt from the field to take home as a keepsake, as photographed here by Ko Sasaki. Visit the link in our profile to read more about Japan’s annual national high school baseball tournament, which concludes on Tuesday. #⚾

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