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Ask any Texan and they’ll tell you: Buc-ee’s is no ordinary convenience store. Sure, it sells gas, gum and candy. But it also offers pickled quail eggs, sausage wraps and crawfish fettuccine. Beyond the foodstuffs, you can find camo-print neck pillows, cowhide rugs and 3 styles of bikinis. @buceestexas has evolved from a convenience store and gas station to a Disneyland of roadside capitalism. All Buc-ee’s are larger than the industry standard; each of the 14 supersize travel centers measures at more than 15 times the size of the average convenience store. The Buc-ee’s location in #NewBraunfels is the largest convenience store in the world, with 50 toilets, 80 soda fountain dispensers and 120 fueling positions. In January, #Bucees opened its first store outside of Texas, in Robertsdale, Alabama, and it plans to start building 3 stores in Florida this year. @durzt shot these photos for @nytimesfashion. Visit the link in our profile to see more. #⛽️
What will America be like in 2024? @TMagazine asked 15 playwrights to answer that question by creating original works that imagine America 5 years into the future. In T Magazine's Culture issue, you'll find actors including @kerrywashington and @jalithgow performing 6 new plays. Visit the link in our profile to see more from #America2024.
Coal mines were once a bloodstream for Romania, a source of economic vitality in the days of Communist rule. Ribbons of exhaust from smokestacks were a signature of a modern, 20th-century state, and the rich mines of Romania’s Jiu Valley employed tens of thousands, generating vibrant cities. Now, prompted by budgetary constraints and the European Union’s clean air mandates, most of the mines have closed. Housing complexes have emptied as families move elsewhere for jobs. Gavrila Vaduva is one of the few remaining local miners, the third generation in his family to work in coal. “We gave them our time, sweat, hard work and even our health,” he said. “In return we want nothing more than a paycheck and a pension.” @kevinfaingnaert shot these photos. For more on what life looks like after coal, visit the link in our profile.
In this relatively easy Passover-friendly dish, matzo crackers replace the pasta for a rich, ricotta-filled #lasagna topped with golden mozzarella. The ricotta is flecked with basil, and the marinara sauce gently spiced with garlic and a touch of red-pepper flakes. Visit the link in our profile to get @clarkbar's #recipe and to view more #Passover dishes from @nytcooking.@dmalosh shot these photos and @simoncooks styled the dish.
It’s “break-up” season in Alaska — the end of safe travel on ice. This year, break-up has come too soon, creating new, sometimes deadly hazards and a host of practical problems. Alaskans depend on hard-frozen winters for transportation, and people traveling on frozen rivers by ATV or snowmobile are falling through; some have died. “The river is our highway,” said Mark Leary, who’s part of a team that builds an ice road each winter. “It’s everything to us.” But climate change is warming #Alaska faster than any other state. Visit the link in our profile to read more. @fremson shot this photo.
In a remote area of the Philippines, illegal gun making is a craft passed down for generations. These small-scale gunsmiths are able to flourish in places where jobs are scarce, the police presence is weak and lawlessness runs deep. The guns are cheap and convincing replicas, making it hard for unsuspecting consumers to determine that they’re illegal copies. But the trade is taking a deadly toll. According to the police, the guns have been found at the site of extrajudicial killings and have made their way into the hands of a terrorist group. Now, the police are pursuing these illegal gunmakers and conducting raids. Visit the link in our profile to read more. @jeszmann shot this photo.
“Paris’ venerable cathedral church of Notre-Dame stands like a rock amid the shifting currents of the Seine — and of the times,” @nytmag reported on July 3, 1949, in a spread titled “Paris — Summer, 1949.” It continued: “Sanctuary, nave and south portal are conspicuous above the pleasant gardens called the Square of the Archbishopric.” On Monday, a fire spread through Notre-Dame, destroying its spire and two-thirds of its wood and lead roof. Visit the link in our profile to read the latest updates, and follow @nytarchives for more #throwback photos.
It can take up to one year to finish a traditional, handmade Hawaiian quilt. Their hallmarks are 2 contrasting colors (usually a vibrant hue against a lighter background), and designs in the form of tropical plants like hibiscus, red ginger, plumeria and breadfruit. “Every #quilt has a story,” said Cissy Serrao, who leads the #Poakalani quilting circle in #Honolulu. “Some tell the story of the quilters, the designer or the recipient; some are memorials for loved ones who are no longer here.” Visit the link in our profile to read more from @tmagazine about #Hawaiian quilting and Cissy’s #quilting circle. This #TProcess video was produced by @siahpatterson.
This is the last true Blockbuster on earth. “This is my social media,” said David Brehm, a 61-year-old building inspector who has been visiting for years. He talks with employees during his weekly visits to crowdsource movie recommendations. Even to people who have never visited it, this video rental store in Bend, Oregon, feels familiar. When the computer system freezes, employees reach for a floppy disk. The 14,000 movies? Arranged alphabetically, by category. The store attracts tourists from all over the world. Andres Garcia Velasco traveled 18 hours from Spain. Steven Mercadante drove nearly 1,000 miles from Southern California. “I just wanted to relive my childhood,” the 32-year-old said. @iancbates shot this photo. Visit the link in our profile to see more and to read more about #Blockbuster’s visitors. #🎬
Researchers warn that within a few decades, Bangladesh may lose more than 10% of its land to rising sea levels, displacing as many as 18 million people. Decisions to leave coastal communities aren’t really decisions at all. Families leave because there are no other options. There is no work. There are no homes. Over the past decade, an average of 700,000 Bangladeshis a year migrated because of natural disasters, moving to Dhaka to live in sprawling slums as climate refugees. The sisters Kulsum and Komola Begum have managed to forge opportunity from disaster, making a living scavenging bricks, which they sell to construction workers for roughly $1.40 a sack. ‘‘When we were young, the old people used to say that the sea was very far from here,’’ Komola said. ‘‘They packed up their meals and walked their way to the sea. But now you can reach it in no time.’’ @andrea_frazzetta shot these photos for @nytmag’s climate issue. Visit the link in profile to read more.
“My parents worked for the Chinese Communist Party all their lives, and look at what has happened to them,” said Farhad Habibullah, who grew up as a member of the Uighur ethnic group in China’s far west. His parents and several other relatives, he said, are among as many as 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims held in indoctrination camps in China. About 3,000 Uighur Muslims have found sanctuary in Australia. @christinasimons shot this photo of a Uighur-language school in Gilles Plains, South Australia, where 1 in 10 residents is Muslim. Now Uighurs in Australia are pressing their adopted homeland to speak out against China’s internment camps, into which many of their loved ones seem to have disappeared. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
Speaking in Dance | “It’s like a breath of fresh air,” said the New York City Ballet soloist Indiana Woodward of this solo from “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a spectacular Alexei Ratmansky work for 10 dancers that returns to repertory next week. “I was in the room when the whole thing was created, so I heard a lot of what he had to say. It’s like children on a playground — you’re just going wild and free.” Set to Mussorgsky’s piano score, the ballet, in typical Ratmansky fashion, covers a wealth of emotional states: passion, tenderness, vulnerability. There’s also the matter of dynamics: “He wanted me to drag out some moments — and then really go quick!” @indiana_woodward told #nytimes writer @giadk. “You know in soccer when they do those cross runs? I don’t know what his inspiration was, but in the middle that’s kind of how it feels: It’s like you’re chasing your feet.” @anrizzy made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly Wednesday series exploring the world of #dance.