The World’s Happiest Country Brings Joy to the Skies

When I think about my happy place, an economy seat on a long-haul flight ranks close to last on the list. But leave it to the Finns, the people responsible for the happiest country in the world, to make air travel not only equitable but thoroughly enjoyable across every ticketing class. Finnair may be a century old, but it’s one of today’s most design- and climate-forward airlines. With a brand-new business class cabin design and spiffy upgrades to premium economy and economy class, they have not compromised on a sleek Scandinavian design aesthetic in order to go green. Quite the opposite. They’re using innovation and style to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing passengers’ comfort and in-flight happiness.

How to Have a Sustainable Stockholm Getaway (There’s Really No Other Kind)

From the moment I landed in Stockholm, Sweden’s dedication to all things sustainable was clear. Looking to refill my reusable water bottle before even descending to baggage claim, I quickly found a public fountain. Above it, a clean blue-and-white sign proclaimed, “The drinking water at Stockholm Arlanda Airport comes from Lake Mälaren. The water is environmentally friendly, fresh, of high quality. What’s more, it’s good!” And, honestly, it was.

Is NYC’s Governors Island Shedding Its Tranquil Past for a Glitzy Future?

Once home to little more than a few empty army barracks and an 18th-century fort, Governors Island in New York Harbor may soon become the glitziest spot in New York City. This summer, a sprawling Italian day spa and a Tulum-inspired beach club opened among the 172 acres of rolling green fields that long sat quietly in the waters between lower Manhattan and western Brooklyn, a short ferry ride away from the urban jungles.

Getting to Know Southampton's Native American Community

“You can say I walk in one moccasin and one shoe,” says Sagkompanau Mishoon Netooeusqua. That’s modern life for this descendant of the Montauk Tribe and member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, whose reservation abuts the tony hamlet of Southampton, New York. Also known by her non-traditional name, Chenae Bullock, she had a pre-COVID calendar that saw her flying to Atlanta for a corporate digital strategy session one morning and back to New York for a sacred smudging ceremony in full Native regalia the next.

Softening Attitudes That Are Chiseled in Stone

Michelangelo "saw the angel in the marble" and carved until he set him free. Agostino Malatesta, a sculptor in Trenton, saw his painful past and frightening future and carved to set himself free. Played to perfection by Dan Lauria (of the television series "The Wonder Years"), Agostino — the central character in William Mastrosimone's play, "A Stone Carver" — is a bereaved Italian widower whose unkempt but beloved house is under threat of demolition for a highway ramp.

Where Being a Girl Scout Is an Act of Courage

The girls and Ms. Mitchell gathered around a table in the Montgomery Gardens Community Center in a room that had a faded linoleum floor, an overflowing garbage can and a faint odor of urine. This was not the familiar backdrop for a Girl Scout meeting. No girls in green uniforms. No cookies in sight. But the meeting was part of Girl Scouts in Public Housing, one of a few national programs that are trying to deliver on the 94-year-old organization's revamped oath of access: "For Every Girl, Everywhere."

Discover the Quirky Charms of Wisconsin's Elkhart Lake

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin — The indigenous Potawatomi once referred to it as "the chosen spot," a serene crystalline lake surrounded by towering cedar trees. Today, Elkhart Lake is the name of not only a stunning body of water in central Wisconsin but also the quirky little town of 900 residents that surrounds it. Just 20 miles west of the shores of Lake Michigan, this village is chockablock with styles and experiences, from a sprawling Gilded

Confronting the Black Experience in Miami

Black artists from London and Philadelphia are making waves in Miami Beach with Aṣẹ, a philosophical concept from Nigeria. MIAMI BEACH – More than a year has passed since the promise of a global racial reckoning, and it’s time for an update. Vince Fraser, a British digital artist with roots in the West Indies, and Ursula Rucker, a spoken-word poet from Philadelphia, are investigating this and other urgent questions in Aṣẹ: Afro-Frequencies, an immersive new art exhibition taking place in the seemingly unlikely location of Miami Beach, Florida.
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