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Why Wait for Summer? One German Town’s Bizarre Take on a Day at the Beach.

 

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Photo from The Tropical Islands photo gallery.

Just an hour south of Berlin, well within the midlands of Germany, lies a beach filled with tidal pools, waterfalls, rainforests, Bali-style bungalows and flamingos. It’s always sunny at the Tropical Islands Resort in Krausnick; just pull up a beach chair, order a mai tai and don’t forget your sunscreen as natural light streams in through the huge transparent dome.

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Wish You Lived Here: Hotel Cinco, Punta Mita, Mexico

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Hunting for waterfront properties can be miserable. No, not really, but it can be agonizing with hounding realtors, millions of properties, and hundreds of countries to decide between. Here’s one that — if you fancy yourself a surfer or fisherman and happen to have the extra three-quarters of a million dollars — should require minimal deliberation.

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Wish You Were Here: The Shark Boat, Fish Harbor, Los Angeles

This 73′ shark research vessel, which is used to film great whites off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, can be rented for $40 a night on Airbnb. For get the W Westwood, if there’s any way to see Los Angeles, this is it.

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Virgin’s Necker Island Home Struck By Lightning and Burned Down

Sometime Monday morning, a great storm passed over Necker Island, the tropical home of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Along with the 90-mile winds, there was lightning. And when lightning struck the island’s main building, the Great House, it set it on fire. Among the 20 friends and family that escaped was Branson’s 90-year old mother, who was rescued by no other than actress Kate Winslet. What.

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The Boggsville Boatel, New York City’s Floating Hotel

Way out in Far Rockaway at Marina 59 is New York City’s new Boggsville Boatel (a floating hotel), which just opened this summer. The lobby is composed of docks going every which way, furnished with mini-grills, deck chairs, swim platforms and a movie screen (which even features a documentary on the fathers of floating rubbish themselves, Poppa Neutrino and family).

For project designer Constance Hockaday, 29, the project came into fruition through her dream to find a way to live on the water in a financially self-sustaining manner. The project itself is not even yet a business, and the nightly fee for staying (between $50 and $100) is billed as a donation.

The welcome letter sent to guests reads: “We are not a real hotel. This is an adventure at best and an art project at worst.”

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Beginning Of The End: A Californian’s Minor Odyssey Into Montauk, Etc.

It’s hard to believe the strange world of outer Long Island is a place so close to Manhattan. But it is.

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When Good Beaches Go Bad

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bunny v leisure suit – via yeltumpar

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Warning of Polluted Water at Staten Island Beach Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Background; 06/1973
Environmental Protection Agency; The U.S. National Archives

DOCUMERICA – Arthur Tress;  Arthur Tress’ photographs of the general New York Harbor area, including Staten Island, include some of the most startling images of unchecked pollution and environmental decay in and around urban areas during the early 1970s. (164 photos)

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Castles by the Sea

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The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the headlands on the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach on the western side of San Francisco, California. It overlooks the site of the former Sutro Baths and a room-sized camera obscura and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the National Park Service.

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