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Looking for some not-so-obvious places where you can soak up New York City flavor? The amateur historian and “Bowery Boy” Greg Young recommends a few options.
Medellín, Colombia, once famed for murder and cocaine, is now drawing notice for its ambitious urban projects, many aimed at easing life in the city’s slums.
Zhou Youguang, 106, invented Pinyin, a spelling system that links China’s ancient written language to the modern age, and he’s using it to speak his mind.
Lavish villas built by merchants still endure across the Huizhou region of China, which was once synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Now tourism companies are trying to preserve them.
Interracial marriage rates are at an all-time high in the United States, but Asian-Americans are bucking that trend, increasingly choosing their soul mates from among their own expanding racial group.
In a shadowy corner beneath the Port Authority terminal, the last train left long ago.
The New York Transit Museum’s gallery in Grand Central highlights many of the lushly colored Arts and Crafts influenced mosaics designed for the city’s subways in the late teens and 1920s.
A small group of modern soda jerks is leading a revival that is bringing up-to-date culinary values to ice cream sodas, sundaes and egg creams.