© David Alan Harvey
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tags and grills: This eye-catching loft building in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn is called the Kibbutz because of its Hasidic owner, who runs a shop on the first floor, a school for Hasidic girls next door, and possibly a matzoh factory in the basement. But the mix of tenants is far more eclectic than it sounds: at one time 30 photographers lived in the building, drawn by the space, the affordable rent, and the spectacular views from the roof.
© Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
MILTON, VT. - My father, my son: Special education teacher Paul Erena spends the afternoon with his son, James, who was born with a neurological disorder that severely limits his ability to move and speak. James' treehouse was built by Forever Young Treehouses and funded by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which has awarded grants to more than 150,000 disabled and terminally ill children.
© Rick Smolan
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - A house is not a home: On a quiet East Hampton lane, minutes away from the train that brings commuters from Manhattan, a brand-new house glows brightly, waiting for prospective buyers to tour its four bedrooms. While most of America is reeling from the sub-prime mortgage crisis, a few communities like this one, situated on the easternmost point of Long Island, maintain their value. Surrounded by water on three sides, East Hampton has a well-deserved reputation as a playground of the rich. President Clinton spent his summer vacations there, two first ladies spent their youths playing on the town's beaches, and famed artist Jackson Pollock created his most famous paintings in East Hampton.