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This $800 million real estate company wants to help you beat jet lag with an app

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stay well rooms at the mgm grand

For people who have to travel frequently for work, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be exceedingly difficult. 

Delos is a real estate company that promotes putting wellness at the center of our built environment. In addition to a New York apartment building with anti-microbial countertops and showers infused with Vitamin C, Delos has partnered with several US hotels to create a line of "Stay Well" hotel rooms equipped with high-tech features that have health in mind.

The features— like a slowly increasing light that simulates the dawn, air purification systems, aromatherapy, memory foam mattresses, nutritious meals, and ambient sound that gradually increases in volume — are meant to improve air and water quality, regulate sleep patterns, and keep travelers from being exposed to allergens and germs.

First launched with 41 rooms at Las Vegas' MGM Grand in 2012, the Stay Well program has recently expanded to include 171 rooms at that hotel as well as others at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Charlotte Marriott City Center, Richmond Marriott Short Pump, Residence Inn Orlando Lake Nona, Courtyard Orlando Lake Nona, and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. 

jet lag tooEach of those properties also offers its own app, which can give travelers local recommendations and go into more detail on the wellness features you can expect to find in your room.

A jet lag tool can give you a personalized jet-lag-fighting itinerary based on what time your flight lands and how far you've traveled.

It'll give you tips as specific as the best time to drink coffee and when to expose yourself to light to effectively beat jet lag. Blackout shades and circadian lighting make it easier for travelers to control their exposure to direct light.

The apps suggest "Vitamin D Walks" that you can take at prime times to increase your sun exposure — a helpful reminder if you've been napping or suffering from jet lag.  

The Stay Well apps also come loaded with video meditations led by Deepak Chopra (Chopra sits on Delos' advisory board, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and former US Congressman Dick Gephardt). 

Delos announced that it had raised an additional $20 million at an $800 million valuation in July. Bill Gates' Cascade Investment and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik led a previous investment round of $108 million in October 2015. Delos has raised a total of $171.24 million in venture capital since it was founded in 2013 by Paul Scialla.

To see the full list of the hotel rooms' wellness features, visit Stay Well's website. 

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9 things successful people do on Sunday nights

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9 things successful people do on sunday night

Most people will tell you they don't love Sunday evenings.

In fact, a whopping 76% of American workers say they get the Sunday-night blues, according to a 2015 Monster survey.

Even if you love your job and typically look forward to getting back into the swing of things, "it's easy to feel a bit of trepidation on Sundays about the stresses waiting for you on Monday morning," writes Laura Vanderkam in her book "What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend."

Experts say there are certain things successful people do at the end of the weekend to combat those Sunday-night blues and prepare for the week ahead.

Here are 9 of them:

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1. They plan something fun

"This idea may be the most important tip," Vanderkam writes. "This extends the weekend and keeps you focused on the fun to come, rather than on Monday morning." 

Vanderkam quotes Caitlin Andrews, a librarian, who says her extended family gets together for dinner almost every Sunday, alternating houses. "It takes my mind off any Sunday night blues that might be coming on," Andrews says.

You might also make Sunday a movie or spa night, or you could join a Sunday-night bowling league.



2. They organize and plan for the week ahead

Some successful people like to look at their calendars on Sunday night and set goals and deadlines for the coming week, career coach Marsha Egan says. The trick is to do this without stressing yourself out.



3. They exercise

Take a walk, play a game of tennis, or go to a class at the gym, Egan suggests.

Vanderkam writes in her book that reality-TV producer Aliza Rosen does hot yoga at 6 p.m. on Sundays. "It's a great way for me to sweat out the toxins of the week and center myself for Monday," Rosen told Vanderkam.



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I saw how airplane food gets made from start to finish — and I learned a shocking secret about food waste and delayed flights

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United Airlines Food 7858Besides likening themselves to cattle shoved into an airborne metal tube, there's nothing airline passengers like to complain about more than how terrible airplane food is. But how and where those disappointing in-flight meals get made is rarely thought of. 

United Airlines recently let our cameras into its catering facility, Chelsea Food Services, near Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Surprisingly, the food we saw was super fresh, made entirely by hand, and meticulously planned in advance. Another shocker? The airline's newest menu additions are actually pretty good. 

Keep scrolling to see all of the work that goes into the making of your in-flight meals, and to find out about the shocking waste that occurs when your flight is delayed.  

Welcome to United's Chelsea Food Services facility, where a team of 1,000 produces 33,000 meals per day.



Food services manager Leon Britton showed us around. Britton has worked here for 28 years.



Absolutely everyone is required to wear a hair net, and most wear lab coats. To our eyes, the facility was spotlessly clean.



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The best barbershops in New York City

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A barber is one of the most important people a man can cultivate a relationship with in his life. But even the best relationship with a bad barber won't do you any favors.

Our friends at Yelp put together a list of the best-rated New York City barbershops on its service — minus the national chains.

All of the businesses are in the "barber" category on Yelp, and are ranked using an algorithm that takes into account the number and quality of ratings.

Many of the stops on this list are neighborhood favorites off the beaten path — places you wouldn't go to unless you knew where to look.

Here are the 12 top-ranked barbershops in New York City.

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12. Barbering By Marcus

38 East 21st Street, Flatiron

"This place is first class. From the waiting area in the back to the massage chairs you sit in while getting a cut. Ryon is amazing and knows what he is doing. I am very particular about my hair and after 6 months I have yet to be disappointed. Not cheap but the cuts and service speak for themselves." -Nick S.



11. The Land of Barbers

422 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg

"I can't give this place and the staff enough praise. They are all great people who make you feel comfortable and at home from the moment you walk in. I moved to NY about a month and a half ago and any guy who has made a move across the country can tell you that rebuilding a rapport with a new barber can be nerve racking. Chris did a phenomenal job at understanding what I wanted and what I was looking for." -Albi M.



10. Premium Barber Shop

622 3rd Avenue, Midtown East

"Came in with doubts as I do with every barber shop. Left an extremely happy and bound-to-be loyal customer. Arthur is the best barber I've been to; very skilled, great conversation, and overall great guy." -John L.



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Harry Potter's house is on sale for $619,000 — and it comes with a cupboard under the stairs

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The house that was used as the setting for Harry Potter's childhood home at 4 Privet Drive in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" is now on sale.

Though the fictional house is located in the village of Little Whingeing in Surrey, the three-bedroom home used in the film is on Picket Post Close in the Bracknell suburb of Martins Heron, and has an asking price of £475,000 ($619,486).

The link-detached suburban property — which is being marketed by Chancellors on the property listing site Zoopla— even has a cupboard under the stairs, where "Harry Potter" fans might wish to set up their bedroom just like the young wizard.

In the book and film, Harry lived at 4 Privet Drive with the Dursleys: his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and cousin Dudley. Here's what the Dursley residence looked like in the film:

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For people who want more space, the largest of the three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom.

Dursley house bedroom

There is also a spacious living room, which leads out to a garden with a patio, a recently remodelled kitchen, cloakroom, and family bathroom, according to the listing.

Dursley house living room

The home has undergone a total renovation, while a new driveway with a garage door has been added to the property.

Dursley house garden

The property would require a mortgage payment of £1,516, and council tax payment of £169 per month, for a repayment schedule of 25 years, according to Zoopla.

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2 style lessons every guy can learn from one of the best-dressed guys in the world right now

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Just because it's a black-tie event doesn't mean you need to dress like a penguin.

No one knows that better than Rami Malek, the best-dressed man on any red carpet he steps on and one of the best dressed men in the world right now.

Malek, who on Sunday won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Mr. Robot," should have also been sent home with an award for his winning ensemble.

Malek stepped out in an ivory jacket with contrasting black pants, a throwback style that is brought home with a matte black bow tie and a checkerboard-patterned pocketsquare.

This retro-chic look has been on the upswing for a while now — even James Bond wore it in his newest movie. But rarely is it done as well as this.

Why does it work so well? Two main takeaways:

  • The fit is crucial. Malek's tuxedo jacket fits him perfectly. And we mean absolutely perfectly, with just the right amount of tug for the jacket's top button. (The shoulders are a smidge too large, but nothing is perfect.)
  • He does just enough to stand out without going overboard. Cool accessories and the contrasting top and bottom add interest, but it isn't anything too wild. No velvet tuxedos here, which we are thankful for.

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A woman built this charming 'Hobbit house’ inspired by 'The Lord of the Rings'

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Entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe loves J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" — so much so, in fact, that she built a rustic home inspired by the one in the book.

Wolfe recently listed the "Tiny House in the Shire" on Airbnb for $200 a night, for up to two guests at a time. 

"Every nook of this little habitation will warm your soul. Every cranny will charm your expedition of repose," she writes in the Airbnb listing. "Up the pathway, tucked into the earth, an unbelievable adventure awaits!"

hobbit house

Though she lives in Boise, Idaho, Wolfe built the off-grid home in in Orondo, Washington, surrounded by the Columbia River Gorge mountainside. Measuring just 288 square feet, the semi-underground home features a bedroom, living area, fireplace and bathroom with an antique tub. The floors are made of reclaimed wood.

The "Hobbit house" is meant to resemble Bag End, the cozy home that belonged to Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" and to Frodo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings." It even has an emerald green door with a brass knob, just like the one described in the book.

hobbit house

Wolfe bought the 5.5 acres on which the home now sits for $18,000. She then rented a hydraulic excavator to dig a cave in the hill, and built the entire house from scratch earlier this year. The structure is located a couple miles away from the nearest town, and is powered using solar panels. The plumbing system uses septic and water tanks. 

For a full tour, check out the video below:

 

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Sarah Palin has sold her lavish Arizona compound for $2.275 million, slightly less than what she was looking for

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Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has finally sold her Scottsdale, Arizona, home after 8 months on the market. Though originally listed for $2.4 million, the house has recently sold for $2.275 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The nearly five-acre gated compound includes an enormous 8,000-square-foot main house flanked by a full-size lighted basketball court, a pool and spa house, and a hot tub.

The home last changed hands in 2011 for $1.695 million, according to public records obtained by the LA Times. Richard F. Barker of Keller Williams Arizona Realty had the listing.

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Sarah Palin's gigantic Arizona ranch has a new owner.



It's a gated estate with room for six cars in its huge garage.



As you walk the wrap-around driveway, you get a sense of just how large the estate is.



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Here’s how I spent a weekend eating and sightseeing in New York City for less than $50

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Weekend in NYC compilation

Between Broadway shows, towering department stores, and $200-a-head tasting menus, New York City has no shortage of ways to blow all your cash.

But, luckily, the city is also home to plenty of affordable activities that make it possible to live here without going bankrupt. So when my friend Kelly came up from Philadelphia for a recent weekend visit, I intended to strike a balance between showing her the magic of New York and sticking to my budget. 

Kelly agreed. Thanks to multiple weddings, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties on both our schedules for the fall, we knew we wanted to keep our weekend together cheap. 

Despite aiming to keep our expenses low, we still managed to fit in plenty of food, exploring, and classic New York sightseeing. In total, we spent less than $50 per person on food and activities for the entire weekend.

Here's everything we were able to fit in.

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Kelly arrived around 8 p.m. on Friday night, and we headed straight to dinner. We met up with a few friends at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, where we filled up on the joint’s classic artichoke slice.

Known for its late-night crowd and huge, creamy pieces of pizza, Artichoke is a must-try for anyone visiting New York. We went to the one in Park Slope, but there are locations throughout the city, including the original on 14th Street.   

Cost: $5 per slice … but trust me, one slice is more than enough.



From dinner, we headed to a nearby dive bar called High Dive.

You can’t beat the prices at $6 per beer, and it was a fun way to see some of Park Slope’s local flavor.

I had an early morning run planned for the next day, so I stuck to one drink.

Cost: $7 with tip



I’m training for a half marathon, so I got up with the sun to go running, and Kelly decided to join.

While I don’t advocate forcing guests to exercise against their will (she volunteered!), going for a run or walk is far and away the best way to see a city in my opinion.

As we cruised through the tree-lined streets of picturesque neighborhoods like Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights, I got to show Kelly all the little things that make New York — and Brooklyn in particular — great, such as historic brownstones and cute coffee shops.

Cost: Free!



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This 309-square-foot micro apartment has a home theater, full kitchen, and even a guest bedroom

More than 2 dozen trendy hotels are banding together to take on Expedia and Priceline

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The system that many hotels use to manage their reservations is broken. Even in the most popular hotels, a large percentage of rooms go unused on any given night. 

Earlier this year, Standard International — the company behind the trendy Standard hotels in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York's High Line and East Village neighborhoods — launched a new spontaneous-booking app, called One Night Standard, that makes the most of the properties' unused rooms. After 3 p.m., anyone can log onto the app and see what rooms are available for that night.

"We found that those people were some of our most loyal customers," Standard International CEO Amar Lalvani told Business Insider in August. It seemed that many of the app's users were people who lived locally but maybe wanted to have a spontaneous stay at the hotel for a special occasion or a late night at work. "What we're seeing is a merging of the hotel and tech worlds."

That venture proved so successful in making the most of unused inventory that today the hotel group announced the launch of a new app, One Night, that expands the spontaneous-booking service to other hotels.

As of Tuesday morning, travelers can use the One Night app to book same-night hotel reservations at non-Standard hotels, including 1 Hotel Central Park, Calamigo Guest Ranch & Beach Club, Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, 11 Howard, Gramercy Park Hotel, The Ludlow Hotel, The NoMad Hotel, Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Palihotel Melrose, Palihouse Santa Monica, Palihouse West Hollywood, Petit Ermitage, The Redbury Hollywood, Refinery Hotel, Standard High Line, The Standard Hollywood, The Carlyle, The Line, The Wythe, Sixty Beverly Hills, Sixty Soho, Sparrows Lodge, Urban Cowboy, Viceroy Central Park, and Viceroy L'Ermitage.

The app functions much like One Night Standard — after 3 p.m., users can log on to One Night, scan nearby hotels that still have rooms available for that same night, then book it with just one button.

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One Night will be a direct competitor of Hotel Tonight, a popular last-minute hotel booking app. 

As Lalvani explained to Business Insider in August, the hotel industry is facing a monumental challenge from third-party booking apps and online travel agencies like Expedia and Priceline. Both Expedia and Priceline have grown in value and led a number of acquisitions in the online-booking space in recent years, but the cuts they take in the form of commission makes them serious threats to hotels.

But unlike Expedia and Priceline, One Night's interface has beautiful, large photos that highlight the hotels' design, and you don't see prices until you navigate away from the home page. 

"The work that we're doing [with One Night] celebrates the hotel, and it doesn't rank by price [like Expedia]. You can comparison shop by swiping off of the home page — and that comparison is based on the experience, not by the price," Lalvani said. "Our goal was to pick hotels that we loved, that are experience-driven, and that we think other people will like." 

one night screenshotWhile One Night does serve a similar function as Hotel Tonight, Lalvani explains that it's set apart by the carefully curated hotel selection. The hotels were selected not because they fall in a similar price range, but because they have the same approach to design and lifestyle experiences. 

"We see this as a creative, interesting solution for hotels. These are hotels that are very selective about using booking platforms," he said. "No other hotel company has done this, and it's the first channel to present the properties in a beautiful way."

The goal is to target the next generation of travelers — people who are on the go, accustomed to the convenience of on-demand apps, and who still want the very best experience possible.

And since it's coming from a hotel's perspective, Lalvani says, One Night is better-equipped to tell the story of each individual property's brand. The Standard International team curated a local guide for each of the hotels, which provides hour-by-hour suggestions of the best things to do in that neighborhood throughout the day.

Standard International takes a percentage of each booking that users make on the app. Lalvani declined to disclose the exact percentage, but said it is "more friendly to the hotels" than the cut that a traditional third-party booking service would take.

One Night is available for download on iOS and Android.

In July, Standard International introduced a new feature called Standard Time that allows guests to choose their own check-in and check-out times across all five of its properties. Once the hotel knows when guests will be checking in and out, it uses that information to schedule housekeeping and make more arrival options available to other customers.

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This Canadian farm is offering free land to anyone who works there — and thousands are applying

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Cabot Trail Nova Scotia

Fancy a trip to Nova Scotia? You might just get to live there for free if you stay long enough.

The Farmer's Daughter Country Market, a farm and bakery in Whycocomagh, a village on the eastern side of Nova Scotia, put up a Facebook ad on August 28 offering to give people a free piece of land if they work there for five years. The farm is looking for three workers now and another three or four in the spring.

The farm is located on Cape Breton Island, an area the owners said has plenty of beautiful land and opportunities, but few people who are actually down to live there.

"Cape Breton is amazing but our population is decreasing," farm owners Sandee MacLean and Heather Coulombe wrote in the ad. "Corporate development has been seen as the solution in the past but that often comes at the expense of our environment. We think there is a better way."

That way, according to MacLean and Coulombe, is to offer jobs on the farm and the promise of free land. The Market can't offer wages higher than $10-12— after all, it is located in a small village of about 800 residents. 

On top of the wages, anyone who works on the farm for more than five years will be given a 2-acre plot of land, no strings attached. During the five years workers spend on the farm, the owners will help them find rentals in the town. 

"If you decide this opportunity might fit your dreams and goals for a close to nature and community focused life, then we are willing to offer you 2 acres of woodland where you can immediately set up your tiny house or quaint cabin," the Facebook post reads.

To take over the land once they've earned it, workers will just have to cover the legal costs to transfer a deed, the CBC reports. There aren't any existing structures on the land, so whoever earns it will have to get or build their own, whether that's a trailer, tiny home, or modular home. The other big caveat is that the new house will be far enough from the farm that it won't be on the power grid, so whoever lives there will have to rely on solar or wind power to generate electricity.

Despite these downsides, however, more than 2,000 people have submitted applications so far, according to the CBC. For many, moving to a small town in Nova Scotia might just be worth it for a job and some free land — and there's a lot of land to be had.

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Tinder now lets you use your music taste to snag a date

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tinder spotifyIf you’ve ever declared that you just couldn’t date someone whose favorite music artist was Taylor Swift, now is your chance to prove it.

On Tuesday, Tinder and Spotify announced a partnership that will let you sprinkle your musical taste into your dating profile.

Tinder will now let you choose any song from Spotify to display as your “anthem,” a kind of personal theme song, which potential dates can listen to without leaving the app. You can also opt to have Tinder display your top artists on Spotify, if you want to give people a fuller picture of what you like to listen to.

Tinder CEO Sean Rad tells Business Insider this feature is something Tinder has wanted since the very start, and has actively been discussing with Spotify for two years.

“Music is a big aspect of how people meet,” Rad says. “You socialize around the music you love. It says a lot about your personality, what your interests are.”

This has two benefits for Tinder, Rad says.

“The more immediate use case is conversation starter,” he explains. Tinder has gotten really good at making introductions, but now Rad wants to do more help people get the conversation going, he says. That’s one reason why Tinder has rolled out integrations with both Spotify and Instagram. It gives people something to talk about, clues that will perhaps provoke a more inspired introduction message than, "Hey."

The second benefit of integrating music into Tinder is a little more murky: how music tastes actually affect romantic compatibility. While Rad cites sociological studies that suggest it makes a difference, he simply doesn’t know exactly how impactful it is yet. Understanding the role of music in compatibility is something that Tinder will have to “develop over time” using Tinder's machine learning processes, Rad says.

Many people say music has an affect on who they choose to date. Tinder will soon have some good data on whether that is grandstanding, or is actually the truth.

This feature will be available in every Tinder market where Spotify is also present.

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Go inside the hottest new bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, where 'Entourage' star Adrian Grenier is music director

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Champagne Garden

Earlier this month, "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier helped open VNYL, a new bar with an interior that looks more like a classic 1970s home than a cocktail lounge. The three-floor space on New York City's Lower East Side has table-side mixologists, a private champagne room, pre-batched cocktails, and 36 beers on draft.

Grenier befriended VNYL's owner, James Morrissey, after becoming a regular at Morrissey's other Manhattan bar, The Late Late. But when pressed for more details on the two's friendship, Morrissey makes it clear he's not one for celebrity gossip. The idea behind making Grenier VNYL's music director was pretty simple: Morrissey trusts Grenier's taste in music.

Let's take a look at the brand-new space.      

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A record shop graces the front of the bar. All of the albums are hand-picked by Grenier, who told the Wall Street Journal that he owns some 2,000 records.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



Every detail within the bar is an ode to 1970s New York. The scalloped walnut walls give a homey feeling to the first-level bar.



"The 1970s had the most elegant, chic, polished parties," Morrissey told Business Insider. That, combined with the idea of gritty New York rock 'n' roll culture, was the inspiration for VNYL.



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This amazing spray can keep anything dry

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If you've ever been caught in the rain without an umbrella, you know the feeling of walking home in wet clothing. Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic spray coating that will keep just about anything dry. While not designed specifically to keep clothing dry, the coating can be applied to a variety of surfaces.

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The 25 coolest new businesses in New York City

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New York City is known around the world for its diversity in food, culture, shopping, and recreation. But what truly makes it a standout city are the small businesses that bring its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to life.

We've scoured the city to spotlight some of the coolest small businesses founded within the last three years.

From a pencil collector's paradise to a hip coworking community space to a chromotherapy spa, here are 25 of New York's coolest new businesses:

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App of Joe

Select locations around Manhattan

What it is: An app for scoring $1 coffee around the city.

Why it's cool: Frequent visits to your local coffee shop for a $2 or $3 coffee can add up — especially if you're ditching the commercial chains for indie spots. The folks behind App of Joe, an iOS and Android app that launched in June, offer a membership-free solution: You can order tea and drip coffee for a flat fee of $1 and "fancy drinks" like a latte, macchiato, or cappuccino for $2 from indie coffee shops — currently about 20 — around Manhattan.



Archestratus

160 Huron St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

What it is: A combination cafe and bookstore that only sells books about food.

Why it's cool: Inspired by her Sicilian grandparents, Paige Lipari, a former rare-books seller, wanted to open a shop that combined her love of books and food. In fall 2013, she opened Archestratus.

The book selection at Archestratus — named after an ancient Sicilian poet — includes cookbooks as well as fiction and nonfiction books inspired by food. Its cafe offers Sicilian-inspired pastries and dishes like rice balls. Archestratus also holds a number of workshops, cooking classes, and other weekly events.



Common

Williamsburg and Crown Heights, Brooklyn

What it is: A co-living community with full amenities.

Why it's cool: Common opened its first shared living space — dorm-style living for working adults — in Crown Heights last fall and has since opened two more locations in Brooklyn as well as one in San Francisco. In the past year, the company has received over 5,000 applicants looking for a room in one of its community-minded residencies.

Rent commonly runs upward of $1,500, though that includes all fees and utilities. The houses also come fully furnished and fit anywhere from 19 to 50 people.

But it's not just about finding a living space — Common encourages its members to build a strong community and get to know their roommates. Each household has member-led events like potlucks, wellness events, and book clubs.



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