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In a summer of extensive subway delays and commuter train chaos, the arc of transportation in NYC seems to be bending in a retro direction, toward bicycles and ferries. For the psychic health of the city, a little retro might be a good thing. The photographer @rdegive needed an escape from the New York grind. He found it on the Staten Island Ferry — fog, romance and serenity, all free. Once or twice a week he walked to the ferry terminal at the tip of Lower Manhattan. He liked the early mornings, when the boats heading to Staten Island were usually empty. “It’s my meditative space,” he said. “I’m not from the city, so I look for escape any way I can. I’ll go a couple laps on it. I read, take pictures, look out the window.” Gradually his photos and videos became a story of a maritime city, its mood and light changing with the seasons. The spell, of course, doesn’t last; the boat always arrives at its destination, however thick the fog. Then the hustle and bustle resume. Or, if you’re like @rdegive, you can just stay on board. #⛴

The musical @onyourfeetbway did the conga on Broadway last Sunday for the 746th and final time. For its male star, @ektorrivera, it was a day of turmoil – goodbyes to crew and cast members, some final salsa moves in his character’s clothes (he kept a pair of shoes), and a swift cleanup of all personal items, including a small rug, a Puerto Rican #🇵🇷 and 2 paintings. Then there was the final show and a serious after-party. The musical, which will soon embark on a national tour without @ektorrivera, follows the real-life rise of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. It includes a crowd-pleasing scene in which Emilio tells off a skeptical Anglo music executive: “This is what an American looks like.” During the final performance, this line “got the longest applause,” @ektorrivera said. Here, @jackiemolloy13 photographed him hugging one of the young actors, @kevintellez08. “I cried a lot with the kids,” @ektorrivera told our reporter John Leland. “I told them, maybe we will not see each other again. We’re a big family, but everyone will have their own lives and their own jobs.” VIsit the link in our profile to read more of #EktorRivera’s thoughts on his first Broadway show coming to an end.

On Monday night, President Trump announced a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, bringing with it a possible increase in troop levels and a seemingly open-ended commitment to American involvement. The invasion has now stretched into its 16th year — America’s longest. It has vexed 3 American presidencies and outlasted a dozen American military commanders. Over the years, @nytimes photographers have shadowed the soldiers of the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan. Last year, @adamfergusonphoto captured this view of the outskirts of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province. Swipe left to see more images, in reverse-chronological order, by @bdentonphoto (2013), @damonwinter (2013 and 2010) and Tyler Hicks (2002). Visit the link in our profile to learn more about each image and to see more @nytimes photos that depict the arc of the war in #Afghanistan.

#SpeakingInDance | “Where do you find that higher sense of realization?” asked the dancer Apoorva Jayaraman. “Where do you find inner peace? This piece basically says don’t look outside to find that — look within.” @apoorva_rj, who performs on Aug. 24 at @dixonplace as part of Drive East 2017, a festival of classical Indian music and dance presented by @navatman, specializes in #bharatanatyam, which she started studying at 5. She also has a Ph.D in astronomy. “There’s no money in astronomy or in dance,” she said, laughing. But there are parallels: “It’s about how you train your mind and your sense of intuition,” she said. “If you look at ancient India, I don’t think that science and art were ever compartmentalized.” In this piece, @apoorva_rj begins with the peacock. “Visually, it talks about how all of nature is in harmony with the music being played by Lord Krishna,” she told the @nytimes writer @giadk.“The peacocks move to the rhythm of his music, the bees hum along and the cows are fanning him with their tails.” @gwbitz made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.

Ringling Brothers has shut down in the United States, but the big top lives on in Russia, where a deeply-rooted circus tradition soars above today’s geopolitical conflicts. Created in 1927, the M.N. Rumyantsev State School of Circus and Variety Arts — a 4-year program with 180 students who attend free of charge — bills itself as the world’s first full-fledged #circus college. Competition to get into the Moscow Circus School, as it’s commonly known, is nowhere near as fierce now as in Soviet times, when hundreds often applied for each spot. Nonetheless, at this year’s finals performance, more than 2 dozen members of the school’s graduating class attempted to win over talent scouts with hair-raising feats of flight and balance. @mjrhill photographed @ulyana__plotnikova, a third-year student, showing off her juggling skills at the Moscow Circus School; swipe left to see more photos of graduates who throw themselves, and not caps, in the air. #🎪

@alicelouisewaters took LSD only once. The drug came from a French visitor who got it from Owsley Stanley, the sound man for the Grateful Dead. “His stuff was what Ken Kesey, the Beatles and Timothy Leary all took,” the chef writes in her new memoir. Of course it was the best. This is #AliceWaters, for whom the provenance of everything she puts in her mouth is paramount. She pioneered farm-to-table food at Chez Panisse. She’s the reason restaurants started naming farms on menus and serving mesclun salads and American-made goat cheese. And as the chef Diego Galicia said, “She is one of the titans of the mythical chefs in this country.” Eager students of @alicelouisewaters’s place in America’s culinary history will most likely devour her book as readily as her critics. Sprinkled with photos, it traces her years as a European backpacker smitten with France and as a young radical cooking for the Bay Area’s antiwar intelligentsia. It ends the night the enthusiastic but very green cook opened her tiny, fixed-price French restaurant. @jasonhenry took this photo of @alicelouisewaters, who’s now 73, in the Edible Schoolyard garden in Berkeley, California. The project has spawned at least 5,500 other school garden programs since 1995.

He promised her the moon and stars. So it was natural that they decided to get married in Georgetown, South Carolina, on August 21, 2017, the day of the first coast-to-coast total solar #eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years. After saying “I do,” the couple spent the first few minutes of a bright future together in total darkness. “Oh my gosh,” Kelly Turek, the bride, could be heard (but barely seen) saying at 2:37 p.m., as her exchange of vows with her now-husband, Chris Dutton, was upstaged by a temporary exchange of day and night. Once night became day again, this pair of stargazers and self-described “science fiction nerds” hosted a moon-themed reception, complete with Space Dust and Blue Moon beers, Moonshine liquor, and MoonPies for snacks. @andrewsherman took this photo of the bride and groom at the Kaminski House, a museum about 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach that stood directly in the path of the eclipse, while on assignment for @nytimesfashion.

Hundreds of competitors from countries all over the world compete in the Conquest Cup, an archery competition in #Istanbul that celebrates the anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. In May, the photographer @moniquejaques went to photograph the competitors — and their traditional clothing. The competition takes place at the Okcular Vakfi, or “archery foundation,” one of the oldest sporting clubs in Turkey. 564 years ago, it was a staging ground for Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s army of #archers before they invaded Constantinople. The sultan was so impressed by their skill that he gave them the land, and a tradition was born. Today, the traditional pursuit of archery is the real draw for many competitors, whose bows are made of materials like wood, sinew, horn and antler. While there is 71,750 Turkish lira (about $20,500) in prize money to be divided among the champions, the event is about more than winning and losing. Mahdi Eslamikhattibi Silab and his wife, Masoumeh — pictured here — traveled to Istanbul from their home in Tabriz, Iran, with their 2 children, who also competed. Though none of the family members placed in the competition, it mattered little to their overall experience on the trip. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos. #🏹

Every traveler has a story to tell. Our reporter @andylocal2 found a series of tales at the Ark at JFK, a gleaming new animal transportation center at Kennedy International Airport. One recent morning, “2 house cats bound for London and a Chihuahua headed to Paris waited in their pens in the Ark’s cavernous Pet Oasis, down the aisle from a pair of military explosives-sniffing dogs being redeployed to the Middle East after a stateside R & R trip,” @andylocal2 writes. “Over in Equine Departures, 4 British horses fresh from a competition in Kentucky had just left to catch a flight to Belgium when a pickup truck pulled up and disgorged its cargo: 10 baby goats from central Pennsylvania.” The #goats, en route to a dairy farm in Russia, settled down to breakfast as a jet roared overhead. “We just try to keep them calm and fed,” said Kris Trowbridge, a worker from the Pennsylvania farm, who was photographed here by @jtaggfoto. Along with the goats, the Ark has hosted a potbellied pig who needed a place to wait after missing a connecting flight, 235 racing pigeons that got stranded for 3 days, and an agouti — giant 8-pound rodent — named Ralph. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🐐

Where in the world is @nytimestravel? The photographer @lachadam took this photo while on assignment for a story in this week’s issue. Where do you think he was when he captured this scene? (If you're not sure, take a peek at the clue on @nytimestravel.) #🌍🔍

Viewers cheered and howled as they took in the total solar #eclipse today in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming. @cttobin was one of a number of photographers spread out across the U.S. today while on #nytassignment. For the first time since 1918, an eclipse traveled across the entire country. Where the weather cooperated, those in the path took in a remarkable show. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and watch our Instagram Story to get a look at eclipse celebrations from Oregon to South Carolina. #NYTeclipsewatch

@travisdovephoto took this photo of a group that gathered to watch the eclipse earlier today in Folly Beach, South Carolina. The eclipse concluded its path in that state just before 3 p.m. Where the weather cooperated, those in the path took in a remarkable show. For people across the United States, it was an opportunity to gather with friends, family and strangers — in parks, on campgrounds, in city streets and on beaches like this one. And for scientists, total solar eclipses offer marvelous opportunities to study Earth’s intimate relationship with the sun. They’re hoping their studies of this #eclipse will lead to important discoveries about the sun’s mysterious corona, which burns more than a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface. Watch our Instagram Story to see more. #NYTeclipsewatch

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