North & Central America

Green Acres

Open WaterUrban waterways for paddlingDetroit, Houston, Milwaukee—none of these cities are exactly paddling meccas. But in the past decade,...

Market Watch

In order for locally grown food to have a true impact on urban sustainability, all those tomatoes and radishes need to move beyond just the NPR tote bags and into grocery stores, school lunches,...

Bigger Walls

High-end climbing gyms started popping up in New York City and San Francisco in the nineties. But the new surprise hub? Atlanta, home to the country’s largest, the year-old Stone ...

Going Dark

Between 30 and 50 percent of outdoor lighting is wasted, with $1 billion worth of stray lumens released into the air each year. (Google “NASA Earth night­lights” if you don&rsquo...

Smarter Sharing

These are heady times for fans of two-wheeled transport. Washington, D.C., and Montreal already have popular bike-share programs in place. So do San Antonio and Des Moines, Iowa. Coming soon:...

Backyard Livestock

7th Century: Medieval farmers invent the cattle brand. a....

Kristen Brady

Surfing isn’t the only reason to come to Montauk. With stellar local chefs—like Surf Lodge’s Top Chef finalist Sam Talbot—and a town full of fishermen, the seafood is...

Rob McKinley

Because the surfing is so good, and because it’s so close to Manhattan (three hours by car or train), Montauk can be a madhouse in the summer. But come September, the lineup thins out, the...

Dustin Franks

If you’re lucky, you’ll find singer-songwriter Dustin Franks playing acoustic guitar at McKinley's Surf Lodge or Ruschmeyer’s hotel. (He’s at the Surf Lodge Tuesday and...

Corey Senese

Perched on the tip of Long Island’s South Fork, Montauk draws in Atlantic swells from three directions, offering up a variety of breaks for beginners and experts alike. The most consistent...

Lee Meirowitz

If the forecasters were right, an active hurricane season should be ­delivering some great waves right about now. Competition great: the ASP World Tour makes its first-ever stop on the East...

John Termini

Montauk’s eclectic lineup includes every­one from Wall Street weekend warriors to ­local young guns to celebs (like Jimmy Buffett and Cold­play’s Chris Martin)....

Danny ­DiMauro

The town also boasts some outstanding locals gone pro, like 16-year-old Quincy Davis, who recently finished seventh at the Quik­silver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Peru, and 23...

September Session

At the tip of Long Island, ten miles past the last of the overhyped Hamptons, the small town of Montauk offers rugged coastline, wide-open beaches, and arguably the best surfing on the East...

40,000 Wheels

Each July for the past 38 years, hordes of bike lovers have descended on western Iowa to spend a week riding an average of 68 miles a day from the Missouri River east to the Mississippi River....

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