What R$5,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

What R$5,000 Rents in Rio de Janeiro in 2015

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Even though the market is currently cooling down and rents are mostly increasing below inflation, real estate in Rio de Janeiro is quite expensive. Yet, a budget of R$5,000 (before condo fees and taxes) can already get you two to three bedrooms in the city’s […]

Rental Price Growth Slows Below Inflation in Rio de Janeiro

Rental Price Growth Slows Below Inflation in Rio de Janeiro

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A survey by Rio’s housing union, Secovi-Rio, has shown that rents in Rio de Janeiro are rising much slower than they were a year ago. In most neighborhoods the increases in rent prices during the last year were below inflation, following the same trend as […]

Skate Photography “As Cores do Rio” Exhibits in Ipanema

Skate Photography “As Cores do Rio” Exhibits in Ipanema

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, January 15th, Galeria Homegrown (Homegrown Gallery) in Ipanema will host the opening night of the “As Cores do Rio” (The Colors of Rio), an exhibition of works by photographer and videographer Ronaldo Land. Celebrating skateboarding and urban culture in Rio de Janeiro, […]

Looting and ‘Lei Seca’ Mark Weekend at Rio’s Beaches

Looting and ‘Lei Seca’ Mark Weekend at Rio’s Beaches

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The second weekend of 2015 was not only marked by high temperatures and crowded beaches, but looting or the mass robberies known locally as “arrastões” (big drags) and the start of Operação Lei Seca – Praia (Operation Dry Law – Beach). While one group […]

Preto e Branco Exhibition Opens at Homegrown in Ipanema

Preto e Branco Exhibition Opens at Homegrown in Ipanema

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Beginning on Thursday, December 11th, the Homegrown Gallery in Ipanema will host the exhibition, “Preto e Branco” (Black and White). Featuring ten black and white pieces by urban artist Marinho, the exhibition will run through Sunday, March 1st. The use of only black ink […]

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, […]

Juana Molina Performs in Rio on November 21st and 22nd

Juana Molina Performs in Rio on November 21st and 22nd

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd, Argentinian electronic musician Juana Molina will take to Rio de Janeiro’s Oi Futuro Ipanema stage to perform as part of the ongoing 2014 Sonoridades Music Festival. Singing mostly in her native Spanish, Molina is a former […]

The “Palavra de Gringo” Book Launch Tonight in Ipanema

The “Palavra de Gringo” Book Launch Tonight in Ipanema

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Featuring original essays by ten foreign journalists about their experiences in Brazil, the book “Palavra de Gringo: um olhar estrangeiro sobre o Brasil” (Foreigner’s Word: the foreigner’s view of Brazil”) will launch tonight, Thursday, November 13th, at Livraria da Travassa in Ipanema. Aimed at […]

William Mandell, an American Illusionist in Rio de Janeiro

William Mandell, an American Illusionist in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Prompted by the 2008 American financial crisis to relocate from Los Angeles, California to Rio de Janeiro, and deciding once here to pursue professionally a life-long passion for magic, American Illusionist William Mandell has made a name for himself in the Cidade Maravilhosa. The […]

Halloween 2014 Celebrations in Rio de Janeiro

Halloween 2014 Celebrations in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While Halloween celebrations in Brazil remain less elaborate than those in others locations around the world, Dia das Bruxas (Day of Witches), as the holiday is also known here, is gaining in popularity. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, many venues, both […]

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