North Brother Island Is New York’s Best Kept Secret

Christopher Payne North Brother Island

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As with many forgotten places, few people—even New York locals—know that North Brother Island exists. While the island was once home to the famed Typhoid Mary, it has since been overtaken by Mother Nature’s gentle yet unyielding hand. A dot on the East River that’s nestled between Bronx and Rikers Island, North Brother Island is now like the world’s other abandoned locales: overrun with lush trees, ivy and tall grasses, a mere shadow of its former self.

New York From Brother Islands

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Abandoned Island New York City

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17 Oscar De La Renta Quotes On Fashion And Femininity

Portrait of Oscar de la Renta

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After a decades-long career as one of fashion’s most talented designers, Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. While Dominican-born de la Renta is best known for his gorgeous runway and wedding dress designs, he was also known as a warm, compassionate and generous individual, and as a good friend to many.

During his life, Oscar de la Renta dressed the world’s most powerful and beautiful women, from Jacqueline Kennedy to Jennifer Lawrence to Michelle Obama and so many more. Here are 17 Oscar de la Renta quotes that offer a glimpse into his views on fashion, femininity, style and life.

Oscar de la Renta Quotes

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta on Women

Oprah and Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Quotes About Women

Famous Oscar de la Renta Quotes

Oscar de la Renta on Fashion

Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dresses

Oscar de la Renta's Creative Process

Vietnam Veterans Rail Against War In 1976

It was Douglas MacArthur who so aptly described the veteran condition when he wrote that “the soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war”. Perhaps in an attempt to allow their own scars to heal and prevent even more from etching themselves onto their bodies, these Vietnam veterans took to the streets of Philadelphia in protest of future deadly ventures in which they would merely serve as interchangeable pawns in a game of bloody rivalry.

Jaw-Dropping Hyperrealism From Roberto Bernardi

With their vibrant colors and incredibly accurate lighting, it’s hard to believe that these are oil paintings– yes, oil paintings– done by Italian painter Roberto Bernardi.