High Prices Keep Storefronts Closed in Ipanema and Leblon

High Prices Keep Storefronts Closed in Ipanema and Leblon

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The staggering spike in real estate prices over the last five years is starting to cause more closed storefronts in the Zona Sul (South Zone) beach-side gems of Ipanema and Leblon. With many five-year commercial leases turning over and owners asking for huge rent increases, […]

Karaoke Rocks in Rio at the Lapa Irish Pub: Sponsored

Karaoke Rocks in Rio at the Lapa Irish Pub: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Karaoke is the kind of fun that goes naturally with the lively spirit of a friendly pub, where locals and travelers mix it up with libations and a microphone. The Lapa Irish Pub has been hosting a weekly Wednesday event for over a year and […]

Thanksgiving Dinner in Rio at the Gringo Café: Sponsored

Thanksgiving Dinner in Rio at the Gringo Café: Sponsored

By Jay Forte Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27th this year and once again the Gringo Café in Ipanema is preparing for their immensely popular and successful Thanksgiving Dinner weekend. Each year more-and-more expatriates and Brazilians are finding their way to the eatery due to the the authentic […]

Rio Sees More VLT Construction and Detours in Centro

Rio Sees More VLT Construction and Detours in Centro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – More major construction will start in Centro of Rio de Janeiro’s Região Portuária (Port Zone) on November 15th, as work on the Veículo Leve sobre Trilhos (the Light Vehicle on Tracks) continues. Known as the “VLT”, when completed, should connect 28 kilometers of rail with […]

Closing Night of 2014 Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival

Closing Night of 2014 Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today marks the final day of the Curta Cinema 2014 festival, the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, which has featured free screenings of over 250 short films from 31 countries. Curtas Cinema is one of the most important Brazilian festivals dedicated to the […]

New Zealand Murderer Phillip John Smith Escapes to Brazil

New Zealand Murderer Phillip John Smith Escapes to Brazil

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Phillip John Smith, a convicted child molester and murderer in New Zealand, was let out on temporary leave from prison Thursday, November 6th and immediately used an illegal passport under the name Phillip John Traynor to flee to Chile, and is then believed to have […]

Armed Men Attack Niterói Hospital to Free Accused Dealer

Armed Men Attack Niterói Hospital to Free Accused Dealer

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Niterói, the sister city to Rio de Janeiro across the bay, a brazen gang of armed men attacked a hospital to free a reported criminal associate. Brazilian news outlet O Globo reported that at least fifteen men with rifles and pistols rescued the dealer […]

Where to Watch NFL Football 2014 in Rio de Janeiro

Where to Watch NFL Football 2014 in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This time of year watching the American NFL (National Football League) in Brazil is a little more complicated because the daylight savings time changes now put Rio three hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). That makes the 1PM kick-off on the East Coast of […]

Tips for Finding Vacation Rentals in Rio: Sponsored

Tips for Finding Vacation Rentals in Rio: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After five years of a booming double-digit growth the real estate market in Rio de Janeiro is finally cooling off, but those looking for holiday vacation rentals may not see much change yet, especially around New Year’s Eve and Carnival. The factor that should make […]

Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Government news agency, Agência Brasil, reported that since the Army’s occupation of the Complexo da Maré favela community in Rio last March (three months before the World Cup), the “pacification force” has created a war zone which accounts for 28 murders, twelve dead in Maré […]

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