Google Mapping Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

Understanding the obstacles in mapping these unique cities-within-a-city

From a foreigner’s (or even many Brazilians’) perspective, it’s easy to label the “favelas” of Rio de Janeiro as slums run by drug cartels, racked with crime, violence and poverty—and terrorized by police. Despite many outer communities still lacking access to stable water and sanitation networks, there’s been a recent shift in breaking down historic barriers for favela residents to fully participate in—and be embraced—by …

Casa Fat Radish, Rio de Janeiro

NYC's The Fat Radish restaurant and Absolut Elyx support social reform through local food and drink

Any monumental event—from annual art fairs to sports tournaments—is now a major playground for companies to leave their mark on a captive audience. The branded hoopla oftentimes feels awkward, but when lured by free swag and booze, it’s rarely questioned. So when the New York restaurant The Fat Radish popped up in Rio de Janeiro during World Cup this year, many could have assumed it …

Zee.Dog Leashes

Bold, bright dog gear from Brazil for pups with personality

While there’s an impressive offering of high-quality leashes four four-legged friends on the market, like RESQ/CO’s rope leash, sometimes a bit of attitude is what the dog park lacks. Recently launched Rio de Janeiro-based Zee.Dog creates high-quality dog products for the pups (and of course owners) who aren’t afraid to be bold. “We founded Zee.Dog on the basis of a necessity,” says founder Thadeu Diz, …