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Chris Connolly

Freelance Writer, Editor

New York

Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly is an award-winning adventure travel journalist and photographer based in New York. He recently completed his second book, a novel called The Edge of Iquitos, which he is shopping for publication. Chris has been an editor with Maxim Magazine, The Long Island Herald and Long Island Pulse, and contributes to publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Men’s Health, Outside, Cosmo and more. He also appears on the Travel Channel as an expert on adventure travel.

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Shape Your Own Ride on the East End

Walking into Grain’s woodshop at 11 Indian Wells Highway, the first thing I noticed was the smell. My notes read like a haughty wine taster’s impression of a terrible pinot noir: wood shavings, glassing resin, glue…Although such descriptors are bad news in the wine world, they’re highly desirable in the context of a surfboard building business.
Long Island Pulse Magazine Link to Story
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Jessica Alba: Fantastic Form (2005 Cover Story & Gallery)

She’s played her share of otherworldly and comic book characters: a dark angel, an invisible woman and a stripper with a gritty past. For Complex, sultry star Jessica Alba slips out of her superhero persona and into something more comfortable. This feature originally appeared in Complex's June/July 2005 issue.
Complex Magazine Link to Story
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Men's Health Portfolio

This is a collection of nearly a dozen Men's Health stories I've written over the years.
Men's Health Link to Story
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: CLINTON HILL; A Broken Angel Lifts Its Eccentric Wings Over the Brooklyn Skyline

Brooklyn's skyline has only a few standouts. A building named Broken Angel is one of them. The building, at 4 Downing Street, north of Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, is 10 stories high behind a tract of starter homes on Grand Avenue. It is a jumble of structures cobbled together seemingly without reason; some of its ''stories'' are no more than crow's-nest-size outcroppings perched on wooden beams.
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Chillin' in Antarctica

I’m wearing snowpants for the first time since childhood, and I have on the same coat I wore several years ago while covering the Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. This coat comes with an extra dense fleece lining that can be unzipped and removed, and despite living in Wisconsin, where winter temperatures routinely dip into the minus-30s, this is the first time I’ve ever needed to use the lining.
AAA Going Places Link to Story
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How to Drive Like a Local, Wherever the Road May Take You

We polled expert guides and travel specialists to find out how best to blend in when you’re behind the wheel in a foreign land.
Conde Nast Traveler Link to Story
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Grain Custom Surfboards

A trip to Grain Surfboards in York, Maine, takes the travel souvenir far beyond T-shirts and snow globes. Students who attend the four-to-seven-day shaping seminars stay nearby and learn to use planes, chisels, and other woodworking tools to custom-craft their own surfboards. “We’re on a little farm ten minutes from the beach,” says Grain founder Mike LaVecchia.
Outside Link to Story
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Where There’s a Will There’s a Wave

Long Beach big wave surfer Will Skudin is coming off the most impactful year of his life. It might not have been the most fun, nor the easiest, but it was certainly the most eventful 365 day period in Will’s 28. Skudin began 2013 in the throes of Hurricane Sandy, helping dig his hometown out of the mud; the year’s end brought about a nod from Eastern Surf Magazine as the 2013 Surfer of the Year.
Long Island Pulse Magazine Link to Story
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Catch of the day

It's 1 a.m., and I'm sitting in a boat with two of San Diego's top chefs. Another top chef has just pulled into the parking lot of the lamp-lit marina, and a fourth top chef has gone to greet him. Moments later, the four chefs and I convene on the gently rocking deck of the Boston Whaler that is to take us out in pursuit of very fresh seafood.
San Diego Union Tribune Link to Story
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Want Milk or Toilet Paper? The Venezuelan Government Wants Your Fingerprints

In a move that will no doubt help further the Venezuelan government's aim of establishing a socialist utopian republic, President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that grocery stores will soon begin the mandatory fingerprinting of customers. The peculiar initiative, which could be implemented by the end of the year, is meant to help combat the hoarding and smuggling of government-subsidized goods.
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Unraveling the Garlic Knot

Most readers of this magazine will have eaten their first garlic knot on Long Island. This makes sense since the majority of our readers live on Long Island. But we at Pulse believe there’s a case to be made that the first official garlic knots ever were twisted up right here. There are always discrepancies surrounding the origins of foods tied to specific regions.
Long Island Pulse Magazine Link to Story
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Women's lib arrived on bicycles

Susan B. Anthony once said, "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world." A woman on a bicycle, the equal rights champion observed, presents "the picture of free and untrammeled womanhood." Susan and her fellow 19th-century women had been severely trammeled their entire lives.
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About

Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly is an award-winning adventure travel journalist and photographer based in New York. He recently completed his second book, a novel called The Edge of Iquitos, which he is shopping for publication. Chris has been an editor with Maxim Magazine, The Long Island Herald and Long Island Pulse, and contributes to publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Men’s Health, Outside, Cosmo and more. He also appears on the Travel Channel as an expert on adventure travel.

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Skills

  • writing, editing, third base