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Where in the world is @nytimestravel? @andyhaslamphoto took this photo (swipe left to see the whole thing) while on assignment for a story in this week’s issue. Where do you think he traveled to capture this scene? #🌍🔍

Aisha, who’s in her late teens, escaped from Boko Haram while pregnant with the child of a man who raped her in the bush. She returned home briefly to Maiduguri, Nigeria, but left before her family could find out she was pregnant. @glennagordon photographed Aisha and her baby in January. The photographer spent most of that month reporting for @nytmag in northeastern #Nigeria. Her photos are part of this weekend's cover story on young boys who were abducted by #BokoHaram and forced to become child soldiers. “The war against Boko Haram is one of the biggest and most underreported conflicts raging in our world,” writes @glennagordon, who has worked extensively in the region. During her recent visit, she had the opportunity to “photograph parts of the conflict that are rarely seen, including a night patrol with Nigerian soldiers and a road that was attacked by Boko Haram the day before.” Follow @nytmag to see more photos by @glennagordon, and visit the link in our profile to see her full essay.

California has the Pacific Coast Highway; the Southwest, its historic Route 66. New York? Our great drive may be the #BeltParkway, whose 25 miles hug green space and coastline along south Brooklyn and eastern Queens. Yes, the Belt can be a traffic nightmare for those heading to the airport or over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at rush hour. But there are times — say, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and early Sunday mornings — when the grandeur of the Belt reveals itself. We asked the photographer Johnny Milano (@grief) to take a tour of New York’s great scenic ride, from the Belt Parkway Promenade in Bay Ridge to Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. He captured this #sunset over the Coney Island Yard earlier this month. Visit the link in our profile to get the full tour.

“It’s hard to separate whether someone is discriminating against me for my race or my sexuality, especially when I’m with my girlfriend, because she is a dark-skinned black woman,” Maliika Graham, 27, told @nytimes. “When we’re together, people see 2 black women holding hands being affectionate. We get looks.” @nytimes interviewed Maliika, photographed here by @amberbmahoney, and several people at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village. We asked them what discrimination looks like, what HIV means to them and how the right for same-sex couples to marry has changed their views on marriage. Swipe left to see more of @amberbmahoney’s portraits, and visit the link in our profile to read more responses. #LGBTQ #🏳️‍🌈

There are at least 2 ways to look at Downtown Brooklyn: through the buildings rising ever higher into the sky or through the people enlivening the sidewalks down below. On the sidewalks, street life remains as it has for decades: teenagers fill the Fulton Mall after school, barkers call pedestrians into their stores, bow-tied gentlemen sell The Final Call. Which is the real Downtown Brooklyn? Both, of course. Joel Barhamand (@xtravaluemeal) started photographing street life around Fulton Mall in 2013 after he looked around and realized: “This is not going to be here in 5 years.” His images capture a community still vibrating at its own frequency as its surroundings change at warp speed. In his photographs, he tries not to judge development as a force for good or for evil. “I just want to treat it as someone who lives here now,” he says. “The pictures are meant for the future. This is what it was like at a certain time. I want to capture it as many ways as I can.” Swipe left and visit the link in our profile to see more photos of #DowntownBrooklyn by @xtravaluemeal.

Why can’t more dogs go to the beach? It seems as if the 2 should go hand in hand: There’s so much to smell and roll around in and so much space for running, swimming and playing catch. But when it comes to precious beach time, it’s usually humans and their rules that take priority over what dogs (and their loyal owners) would prefer. That said, dog-friendly beach options are on the rise. Many New Jersey and New York beach towns are turning over blocks of beaches to dogs, or at least creating dog-friendly beach hours. Asbury Park, New Jersey, for instance, has a public-private solution. Dogs are allowed on Eighth Avenue beach between 6 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. throughout the summer. And there’s even a place for pups (and their owners) to drink. The Wonder Bar hosts “Yappy Hour” in a fenced-in, 5,000-square-foot sandy outdoor area a block from the beach. About 300 dogs attend every night. @tom_brenner photographed 2 dogs chasing a tennis ball on Eighth Avenue beach. Visit the link in our profile to read more about how #puppylove is bringing dogs to the beach. #🐶

Meet the coaster king of Coney Island. 40 summers ago, Richard Rodriguez slipped into Seat 6 of the #Cyclone roller coaster. He proceeded to ride the venerable wooden coaster continuously for more than 4 days, pausing only for bathroom breaks. The 104-hour feat — made up of nearly 2,400 trips — was recognized by @guinnessworldrecords as the longest marathon coaster ride. It was a crazy footnote in New York’s summer of ’77, a season marked by the Son of Sam killings, an electricity blackout and glamorous nights at Studio 54. Soon after, Richard was flown around the world to ride roller coasters as a promotion for amusement parks. Then, in 2007, he shattered his own record. The 405 hours and 40 minutes he spent on 2 coasters at Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, England, still stands as the #Guinnessrecord for longest coaster marathon. The 59-year-old’s return to Coney Island this week was part of the commemoration of the Cyclone’s 90th birthday on Monday. As Richard headed to Nathan’s for a hot dog, he looked back at the coaster. “I want to do one more record,” he said. @jtaggfoto photographed the #🎢 king of #ConeyIsland on Thursday.

This is a scene from @seeingyounyc, an immersive play set in Hoboken during World War II. The show, which opened last night, is being performed under the @highlinenyc in Manhattan, where our staff photographer Sara Krulwich captured this scene. Unlike earlier site-specific fun houses for grown-ups — most notably, the long-running Hitchcockian @sleepnomorenyc, which takes place in a multistory haunted hotel — @seeingyounyc has been staged entirely on one, fairly open level, which diminishes the possibilities of getting lost in a maze. Our theater critics certainly did not. During the first 15 minutes of the interactive performance, Ben Brantley was drafted and sent to basic training, and Jesse Green was ushered over to an @americanredcross blood drive. “It all initially feels a bit like a World War II-era homefront movie,” Ben writes, before adding, “but when you scratch the rosy surface of this all-American nostalgia — and that’s basically what this show devotes itself to — you find all sorts of dark crawly things beneath.” Visit the link in our profile to read the full @nytimes review.

The market for slime — a sticky substance in a multitude of colors — is thriving in an industry run by fourth-graders, teenagers and young adults. Credit for the trend goes, at least in part, to @karinagarc1a, a former waitress known as the #SlimeQueen. Several years ago, she began posting tutorials on YouTube. In the fall of 2015, she hit on slime. She filmed herself mixing recipes, and the videos were a sensation. (It’s all about the noise, the experts say.) 7 months into her #slime venture, she started making money. Before long, she was fully supporting herself, her parents and her siblings on slime. These days @karinagarc1a’s videos attract millions. The 23-year-old makes money from corporate advertisers and sponsorship deals that range from $30,000 to $60,000. She’s also developing a line of DIY slime kits and writing a recipe book. She works 3 or 4 days a week on videos and earns 6 figures per month, she said. As with other fads, slime is likely to fade. “If it were to stop, it’s fine,” @karinagarc1a said. “I’ll just go on to other DIYs and stuff like that. But it would kind of suck, because I love slime.” @emilyberl photographed @karinagarc1a with some of her slime at her home in Riverside, California.

Do we have to tell you that summer is #rosé season? Probably not. “I will skip the debate over pink wine’s cultural meaning,” writes our wine critic, @ericasimov. “Speaking strictly from a wine point of view, when rosé crossed over to become a symbol of pleasurable summer living, it was time to beware.” A lot of it is “pretty dreadful,” he writes, “sped along the assembly line to be ready by late spring, yet short-lived enough to be dead by the end of summer. Ephemeral, but such pretty colors.” But that doesn’t mean that good rosés don’t exist. For $15 to $20 — “the sweet spot for good value in wine" — you can find some remarkable options. Visit the link in our profile to see @ericasimov’s list of 20 rosés, all under $20 a bottle. His picks lean toward the #savory side of rosé. Some of them almost taste salty — “fresh, saline sprays of summer that are nonetheless as refreshing as they are delicious.” @cenicola0 took this photo (such pretty colors!) while on assignment for @nytfood. #roseallday #🍷

“We always knew that something was wrong,” Michelle Lessner-Gonzales said about her son, Nicolas. “He wasn’t crawling on time. He wasn’t walking on time.” Nicolas, 14, has Duchenne #musculardystrophy, which overwhelmingly affects boys and causes their muscles to deteriorate, killing many of them by the end of their 20s. Last fall, though, the very first drug to treat the rare muscle disease was approved. The problem is it’s still unclear if Exondys 51 works. And because of its high cost — the drug can cost more than $1 million a year — many insurers are either declining to cover it or imposing severe restrictions that render patients ineligible. Meanwhile, parents insist that it’s working — or at the very least, that it can’t hurt to try. “To say it may not work is not good enough,” Michelle said. “I have to try for Nicolas. He deserves that shot. He deserves the chance.” She and Nicolas, photographed here by @mcheathamw, are currently waiting for the Illinois Medicaid program to decide whether it will cover Exondys 51. The decision should come by July 1. In the meantime, though, Nicolas is losing his ability to walk, a common prerequisite for coverage. “Every day it is imperative to slow down the progression,” Michelle told @nytimes. “His window is closing, and these review processes, it’s just throwing time away.” Visit the link in our profile to read more.

Not long after the presidential election in France, @stefaniarousselle — a journalist in Paris who contributes to @nytvideo — set off on a road trip. She’s making her way around the French countryside with one subject in mind: love (ou, comme on dit en français, l'amour). By now, she’s been on the road for more than 3 weeks and covered nearly 2,000 kilometers. She made this video in Hirel, Brittany. “Hirel was a total surprise,” she said. “I look at a map, select a random place and go. I avoid well-known towns because I don’t want to interview tourists — I want to meet local residents. And that is how I found myself at this magnificent beach for sunset.” From Hiriel, she moved on to the Charente region, where she wrote to tell us about her journey so far. “Every day is a new love story. A joy. A heartbreak. Pain. Laughs or tears. There is so much emotion. Each conversation is so intimate, so fragile. So delicate. People have been opening their hearts in the most honest way. That is what really surprises me. The honesty.” Follow @stefaniarousselle to see more — and to help her decide where to go next on her #AmourRoadTrip. #🚗🇫🇷❤️

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