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Bison Bones, a Backhoe, and a Crow Curse

Around the time of Christ’s birth, while the Roman Empire was reigning over the civilized world, a group of Indian hunters in what is now Sarpy Creek, Montana, chased a herd of 2,000 wild...

Far Rockaway: Global Disaster Zone

On Election Day, a week after Hurricane Sandy had brought the largest city in America shuddering to a halt, there were still lines of cars at gas station stretching for blocks. At polling...

If It Comes, It Comes

On Saturday I went to Freeport, Long Island, a waterfront town just north of Long Beach that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. You can see the impact

The New New York

You’ve all heard it. No doubt, you have. New York is just different. We’re a special breed. It’s the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden, (fucking) pizza. It’s the subway,...

Drinking Through a Disaster

I’m not exactly sure when you officially become a New Yorker. It might be like religion, where you need to be formally converted, or something like working your way up the ranks from...

Waiting for Someone to Call

Men in hoodies splashed through knee-deep water in galoshes, shouting, trying to start a chainsaw. They worked at DeGarmo’s Boat Yard in Babylon, New York, on the south shore of Long...

Trouble on Coney Island

Yesterday on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, neon indicated that the pizza and wine shops were open, couples ordered Thai food and teenagers walked around, heads down, texting furiously. Save for...

Letter From Nyack

On Sunday the voices on the radio all said variations of the same thing: Go where you want to stay for the next few days. Hurricane Sandy was approaching, and it was time to put in the...

Escape From New York

BE DEDICATED: “When it’s climbing season, most weekends I go up to New Paltz or Brewster, in Westchester,” Sacaridiz says. “I’ll...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Gauley River, West Virginia

Anyone who’s spent a lot of time on rivers will have a Gauley story. The Gauley, which runs for six weekends in the fall, is the biggest, gnarliest, and arguably most fun river on the East...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Dead River, Maine

The 15-mile whitewater run from Spencer Stream to the Forks, where the Dead River runs into the Kennebec, is the most continuous stretch of whitewater in New England. The rapids start right...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Green River, Utah

The desert rivers of the Southwest are at their nicest in the fall. Unlike the spring, flows are mellow, and between the summer and winter the brutal Utah temperature gradient evens out. The...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Gore Canyon, Colorado

Gore Canyon is one of the most technical commercially run stretches of river in the country, and it has teeth. You don't want to swim here: the riverbanks, made of rock chunks blasted out of the...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Upper Youghiogheny, Maryland

The Yough is less of a river than it is a creek. The 10-mile stretch of whitewater is narrow and rocky, and drops anywhere between 50 and 140 feet per minute. Youghiogheny is an Algonquin word...

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