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Buyers are snatching up condos in this skyline-altering building in Manhattan — look inside one of its $20 million homes


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Madison Square Park Tower is changing Manhattan's skyline. The 65-story glass skyscraper is the tallest in its Flatiron District neighborhood, and because of various zoning laws surrounding it, its fantastic views will never be obstructed. While the building won't be fully completed until 2018, 70% of the units have already sold, according to property developer Bruce Eichner.

Business Insider recently visited the 56th-floor apartment, which boasts a price tag of $20 million and 360-degree views of the city. Ahead, get the full tour.

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The tower sits at 45 East 22nd Street, at the base of New York's iconic Madison Square Park. While it is still unfinished, residents can begin moving in later this fall. The building's amenities will include a fitness center, golf simulator, basketball court, children's playroom, library, billiards, cards room, and a terrace with an outdoor grill.

The 56th-floor apartment we viewed has gorgeous views of the entire city and totals 4,655 square feet of space.

The living room looks out on the Met Life Tower, and just behind that is the Empire State Building.

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A sommelier explains how to pick a great rosé


Never been a big fan of red or white wines? You can always heed the advice of Jonathan Ross, the head sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, to pick the best rosé for the dinner table. Following is a transcript of the video.

Rosé is not always the refreshing porch pounder that we think it is. It's actually heavier than almost all white wines because we have color, we therefore, have tannin. So if you were to say, "I want something with a lot of tannin", you're saying you want something that really impacts your palate, that's very rich, that maybe has an astringency to go along with its fruit character or its alcohol content. 

I think you can have some pretty basic rosé from kind of that large swath of land called Tavel and in the Rhône valley of France. But for me, I like rosés that are maybe from a little bit of a cooler climate. Pinot noir rosé from Germany, I think, is outstanding. Rosé Champagne. I think there's some people who make really great rosé Champagne.

One thing I used to do is with southern Italian rosé's, you'd serve them cold but really let them warm up, and they go from this kind of refreshing, heavy white wine character to almost a lighter red wine in a matter of half an hour and it's really unique to see a wine change like that. 

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13 rules for using commas without looking like an idiot



"Most people get in trouble when they use commas. It makes for complicated sentences and run-on sentences."

That's according to writing coach and CUNY Journalism Press editor Timothy Harper. Harper said he's put at least one student on a "comma diet" by rationing the number of commas the student can use in a single piece of writing.

That said, it would be difficult to avoid using commas entirely. So it helps to have a basic understanding of when and why they're necessary.

As a general rule, Harper recommends reading your writing out loud. If you find yourself pausing, you probably need a comma. If you're "cruising without stopping," he said, you probably don't need one.

But there are certain scenarios in which it's less clear whether a comma is appropriate. Below, we've listed some rules for using commas, as well as examples of those rules in action.

1. Use a comma before any coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet) that links two independent clauses

Example: "I went running, and I saw a duck."

"I went running" and "I saw a duck" are both independent clauses because they can stand alone as two separate sentences. The word "and" is the coordinating conjunction that connects them. So you insert a comma between them.

However, if you eliminated the second "I" from that example, the second clause would lack a subject, making it not a clause at all. In that case, it would no longer need a comma: "I went running and saw a duck."

2. Use a comma after a dependent clause that starts a sentence

Example: "When I went running, I saw a duck."

A dependent clause contains both subject and verb but cannot stand on its own, like "When I went running ..."

3. Use commas to offset appositives from the rest of the sentence

Example: "While running, I saw a mallard, a kind of duck."

"A kind of duck" is the appositive, which gives more information about "a mallard."

If the appositive occurs in the middle of the sentence, both sides of the phrase need a comma. As in: "A mallard, a kind of duck, attacked me."

Don't let the length of an appositive scare you. As long as the phrase somehow gives more information about its predecessor, you usually need a comma. As in: "A mallard, the kind of duck I saw when I went running, attacked me."

There's one exception to this rule. Clauses that begin with "that" are usually essential to the sentence and do not require commas.

For example, "The duck that attacked me scared my friend" doesn't require any commas. Even though the phrase "that attacked me" describes "the duck," it provides essential information to the sentence. Otherwise, no one would know why the duck scared your friend. 

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4. Use commas to separate items in a series

Example: "I saw a duck, a magician, and a liquor store when I went running."

That last comma, known as the serial comma, Oxford comma, or Harvard comma, causes serious controversy. Although many consider it unnecessary, others, including Business Insider, insist on its use to reduce ambiguity.

In fact, Harper said that even publications that don't typically use the Oxford comma will use it on occasion for the sake of clarity.

There's an Internet meme that demonstrates the Oxford comma's necessity perfectly. The sentence, "We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin," means the speaker sent three separate invitations: one to some strippers, one to JFK, and one to Stalin.

The version without the Oxford comma, however, takes on an entirely different meaning, potentially suggesting that only one invitation was sent — to two strippers named JFK and Stalin. Witness: "We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin."

5. Use a comma after introductory adverbs


"Finally, I went running."

"Unsurprisingly, I saw a duck when I went running."

Many adverbs end in "ly" and answer the question "how?" How did someone do something? How did something happen? Add a comma after those words.

Adverbs that don't end in "ly," such as "when" or "while," usually introduce a dependent clause, which rule number two in this post already covered.

Also insert a comma when "however" starts a sentence. Phrases like "on the other hand" and "furthermore" also fall into this category.

6. Use a comma when attributing quotes


"The runner said, 'I saw a duck.'"

"'I saw a duck,' said the runner."

In the first case, attribution comes before the quote. So you place the comma outside the quotations marks.

In the second case, attribution comes after the quote. So you put the comma inside the quotation marks.

7. Use a comma to separate each element in an address. Also use a comma after a city-state combination within a sentence


"I work at 257 Park Ave. South, New York, N.Y. 10010."

"Cleveland, Ohio, is a great city."

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8. Use a comma to separate the elements in a full date (weekday, month and day, and year).

Also separate a combination of those elements from the rest of the sentence with commas


"March 15, 2013, was a strange day.

"Friday, March 15, 2013, was a strange day." 

"Friday, March 15, was a strange day."

You don't need to add a comma when the sentence mentions only the month and year. As in: "March 2013 was a strange month."

9. Use a comma when the first word of the sentence is a freestanding 'yes' or 'no'


"Yes, I saw a duck when I went running."

"No, the duck didn't bite me."

10. Use a comma when directly addressing someone or something in a sentence

Example: "Lisa, is that article done yet?"

Another clever meme shows the problem with incorrect placement of this comma. "Stop clubbing baby seals" reads like an order to desist harming infant mammals of the seal variety. The version with a comma, however, instructs them to stop attending hip dance clubs: "Stop clubbing, baby seals."

11. Use a comma between two adjectives that modify the same noun

Example: "I saw the big, mean duck when I went running."

To figure out whether you need a comma between two adjectives, ask yourself two questions:

1. Does the sentence still make sense if you reverse the order of the words?

2. Does the sentence still make sense if you insert "and" between the words?

In this case, the answer to both questions is "yes."

Sentences with non-coordinate adjectives, however, don't require a comma. For example: "I lay under the powerful summer sun." That's because "powerful" describes "summer sun" as a whole phrase.

12. Use a comma to offset negation in a sentence

Example: "I saw a duck, not a baby seal, when I went running."

In this case, you still need the comma if the negation occurs at the end of the sentence. "I saw a baby seal, not a duck."

Also use commas when any distinct shift occurs in the sentence or thought process. "The cloud looked like an animal, perhaps a baby seal."

13. Use commas before every sequence of three numbers when writing a number larger than 999

Example: 10,000 or 1,304,687

One exception to this rule is years. So you'd write "2017," not "2,017."

This is an update of an article originally posted by Christina Sterbenz.

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If Weight Watchers really wants keep its millennial members, here's the one thing it should fix


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In college, I lost about 30 pounds on Weight Watchers. The program worked for me, but to this day, there's something that I desperately want Weight Watchers to fix — something that even Oprah Winfrey, in her infinite wisdom and charm, cannot smooth over as spokeswoman.

As a millennial, I never felt like I belonged in meetings, a centerpiece of the diet program.

The mostly female membership has an average age of 48, according to Weight Watchers. As I listened to other members describe the challenges of losing weight while raising a family, or talk excitedly about their middle-of-the-day spin class, I found it difficult to connect because of the age gap. As the company looks to adapt for the digital age, I think it could benefit from adding meetings that are meant for young professionals and students.

In a statement provided to Business Insider, Weight Watchers said it is currently piloting a "cohort-based" meeting type in select international markets and some US cities. The company would not be more specific as to what "cohort-based" meant, though the name suggests meetings may split into categories based on member demographics. Weight Watchers said it is examining the impact these trial meetings have on member experience and engagement.

The weight-loss giant is finding its footing after a tumultuous few years that saw memberships and sales plummet. Since recruiting Oprah, who bought a 10% stake in the company in early 2015, Weight Watchers increased its members over 2016 for the first time in four years. The stock is surging, though it's still down about 80% from the highs it saw in 2012.

Meetings broken down by member demographic could drum up new interest.

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When you enroll in Weight Watchers, you pay a monthly fee of about $45 that gives you access to digital tools and meetings, which are led by people who lost weight on the program and attended by other members. (Some members subscribe to the digital tools only, which cost less). Each meeting lasts about 40 minutes and covers a topic related to weight loss, such as the importance of planning or how to hit the brakes on a cheat day.

The meetings can function as support groups, where members (about 90% are female, according to Weight Watchers) share their struggles and triumphs with people who get it.

Weight Watchers has some one million subscribers who attend meetings on a regular basis. I have gone to meetings on and off for five years, in places like New York, San Francisco, a large college town, and a New England suburb. But everywhere I go for meetings, I bump into the same frustration: Most members are old enough to be my mom.

Living in San Francisco, a city crawling with young people, I walk into a Weight Watchers location and instantly recognize that I'm the youngest person there. It makes me feel like I have to censor myself for an older and possibly more straight-edged audience. I don't want to fess up to tearing into a wheel of brie while intoxicated, or complain about work when there are members juggling careers and families. I compare my problems to the gravity of theirs.

Weight loss is such an incredibly personal thing. These meetings ask that you put your insecurities on display before a group of strangers (of course, you don't have to speak). A Weight Watchers meeting that brings together people my own age would help me open up. The meeting leaders might also tweak the topic of discussion to address young people. I can imagine conversations unfold on dating while dieting or finding fitness classes on a budget.

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I also find it difficult to find meeting times that fit my routine as a young professional. A majority of meetings take place during the day (44% of weekday meetings happen after 5 p.m., according to Weight Watchers), when I can't get away from my desk for an hour at a time.

When I do venture out to a lunchtime meeting, I sit watching the clock, ticking off the minutes since I've been gone from the office. Ideally, a meeting geared toward millennials would happen in the evening, so attendees can put the workday behind them and be mentally present.

There's a stereotype of millennials that they think the world revolves around them. In that sense, my opinion on Weight Watchers only bolsters the stigma. Still, I hope to see a day when the company's meetings grow their impact by tailoring to the diverse needs of its members.

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The Trump era is ushering in a 'more is more' design renaissance in America


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The Trump aesthetic is far from subtle.

At Mar-a-Lago, Trump's resort and club in Palm Beach, Florida, you'll see lots of intricately detailed stonework, oriental-appearing rugs, and gilded family crests. The family's penthouse atop Trump Tower in New York City is lavishly decorated in the French rococo style, incorporating things like ornate columns, curving wood furniture, and lots and lots of gold leaf. Trump has even been photographed seated in Louis XV chairs and elaborately upholstered sofas.

And now it appears that many Americans are also on the verge of ditching minimalism in favor of an aesthetic that incorporates some of those same over-the-top design elements.

The end of minimalism

If you're the type to regularly skim interior design blogs or peruse furniture stores, you've likely noticed a lot of muted colors, sharp lines, and low-profile furniture. 

For the last several years, minimalism ("less is more") has been the dominant trend in designing the interiors of homes across America and the rest of the western world. Decor brands both high and low — from Ikea and West Elm to Crate & Barrel and Room & Board — have stocked their stores with simply designed, modern furniture in the hopes of appealing to the masses. Lifestyle gurus like Marie Kondo became famous by spreading the gospel of throwing away everything except the things that you really needed. 

Esparros 4But in the wake of that, a new movement is on the rise that marks a return to more classical, ornate styles. Dubbed "maximalism," it calls for bold colors, sometimes clashing patterns and textures, and, in some cases, lots and lots of stuff.

In a 2014 article titled "10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist," Apartment Therapy's Nancy Mitchell writes such distinguishing qualities as "You have a collection of collections" and "You went to Versailles once and thought it was a little underwhelming." 

sasha bikoffsasha bikoff maximalistThe maximalist style been well-represented throughout history, in chateaus in the South of France, for example, and in aristocratic palaces across Europe. But more designers are hoping the trend catches on in the American homes of today.

"Naturally, trends tend to get replaced with their opposites," said Alex Waidley, a San Francisco-based interior designer who also works with Homepolish, a startup that contracts designers out at an hourly rate. "Just like minimalism, if not done artfully and correctly, it will just look like a big mess!"

"More is more"

Maximalist style may be overwhelming to some — especially minimalists and others who hate clutter — but it does have its benefits. Decorating without paying heed to the restrictions of minimalism makes it easier for residents to express their eclectic styles and experiences.  

"More is more," Sasha Bikoff, a New York-based interior designer who describes her personal style as "maximalist" said to Business Insider. According to Bikoff, her own style is a result, in part, of her upbringing in a minimalistically decorated home.

"I consider myself to have a big personality, and I'm interested in a lot of different things. I wouldn't be able to show who I was if I were a minimalist. I don't dress minimalistically, and my apartment also isn't designed in that way," Bikoff said. "A lot of these very commercial furniture companies do very modern furniture ... and I think people are getting bored of this look, and getting bored of having what everyone else has." 

Bikoff's maximalist style includes adding gold leaf to crown molding, incorporating zebra and leopard prints, and playing around with high-gloss paint on the walls of her clients' homes. The style works especially well, she says, on prewar apartments and homes that have maintained their original moldings and details.

But for many, the mention of gold leafing might bring to mind one apartment in particular: the Trump penthouse.

And while the Trump family does certainly have a taste for gold, Bikoff says that she thinks people might be attracted to a maximalist look for altogether different reasons. It's more about an expression of artistic taste rather than an overt display of wealth.

"I don't think that particular apartment is aspirational," Bikoff said. "I just got back from St. Petersburg, for example, and that is a city of palaces ... I think that is aspirational because when you're working in this form, you have to hire artisans, and they’ve been doing this craft for ages."

She added: "My upholsterer is an 84-year-old Italian man. The art to upholstery, with all of the tassels, and all of the details — there's so much art to that that is very true to maximalist culture."

Bikoff and Waidley aren't the only designers predicting a sea change in the styles people would like to have in their ideal home. 

"We've kind of seen this whole movement of people wanting clean lines and modern. It almost made furniture and accessories really boring," James Tabb, a designer with Los Angeles-based interior design startup Laurel & Wolf, said to Business Insider. "It's hard to do simple in an elegant way. People are getting tired of the sameness and going for wallpaper and texture." 

Some of the major furniture companies seem to be catching on. Even Ikea has shown signs of embracing floral patterns and color. CB2 recently added a collection by British designer Matthew Williamson, which CB2 Managing Director Ryan Turf told the Wall Street Journal were "by far the most colorful and pattern-heavy we've ever done." The furniture was styled and shot in a living room with dark blue walls and piles of books.

cb2 matthew williamson"It's almost a renaissance — I wouldn't be surprised to see traditional design came back," Tabb said. "The more carved woods, ornate details — you're going to see that coming back."

SEE ALSO: Americans could be killing the McMansion for good

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'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss reveals an effective way to develop new habits


Tim Ferriss, the author of  "The 4-Hour Workweek" shares a few effective ways to develop new habits that could contribute to your health and success. Following is a transcript of the video.

What we lack are incentives so I would suggest using say, a service like "Coach.me" or site like "Stickk.com" to create incentives or even "DietBet", which is for weight loss specifically where you are actually putting money on the line and reputation on the line to force you to have some type of motivation to do what you say you are going to do. And you can form betting pools with friends, let's say it's weight loss, you could have five friends, each puts in a $100 or enough to hurt if you lose it, and then you have a body composition improvement competitions so you use like a DEXA scan for instance to track your body fat percentage. Whoever loses the highest percentage points gets the pot, they get $500. Very, very effective. Doesn't have to be that much even, I know two guys at Google who used to pay each other a dollar each if they missed a workout. These are people who make like a $100K plus a year and for whatever quirk of human psychology, that worked.

You could, and I know people who have done this, take very unflattering photos, right after the holidays is perfect or after a binge weekend. You have someone take a photograph of you, let's just say, in your tighty-whities or very unflattering underwear under terrible lighting, puffy after a bad weekend and then you have to lose, let's just call it, 20 pounds in two months or your merciless friend puts that on Facebook. Guess what? You will perform miracles. It's not that we lack information, it's that we lack sufficient incentives. You need a carrot or even better, and this is not depressing, this is useful, a meaningful stick if you don't do what you have said is important for you to do. 

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The statue of the 'Fearless Girl' will stare down the Wall Street bull for another year


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The statue of the "Fearless Girl" in the heart of New York's financial district will continue to inspire people for at least another year.

"Fearless Girl" was placed in front of the famous statue of the Wall Street bull by State Street Global Advisors, a Boston-based financial services firm, on March 8, International Women's Day, to advocate gender diversity on corporate boards.

The statue had been due to stay through April 2. But according to an email from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, the Department of Transportation extended the statue's permit to February 2018.

De Blasio said "Fearless Girl" had fueled many beneficial conversations about women.

"Now, she'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires — a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit," de Blasio said.

Ron O'Hanley, the president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, said in a statement:

"We would like to thank Mayor de Blasio and the people around the world who have responded so enthusiastically to what the Fearless Girl represents — the power and potential of having more women in leadership. We are thrilled that she can continue to share her positive message and inspire the next generation of women leaders."

A petition on Change.org calling on the city to make the statue a permanent fixture has garnered support from over 25,000 people, including New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, who wrote a letter to de Blasio asking for the statute to stay.

"Fearless Girl shows us that the might of a charging bull, and that which it symbolizes, can be easily matched with the determination and defiance of young women," Niou wrote.

The statue was created by the artist Kristen Visbal. Visbal will join city officials on Monday to discuss the statue's extension.

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This cocktail brought the 'original American whiskey' back from the dead


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Whiskey is experiencing a huge comeback in America.

Walk into any trendy New York City bar today and you'll almost certainly find a variety of bourbons and Scotches on the shelf and a handful of whiskey-fueled cocktails on the menu.

But it was not until recently that the one type of whiskey that industry buffs consider the "original American whiskey" began to see its own resurgence.

That whiskey is rye, and Matt Eisenman, a brand ambassador for the Vermont rye company WhistlePig, explained to us how one cocktail made it happen.

It starts with George Washington

The story begins back in the late 1700s, when George Washington began distilling rye whiskey at his Mount Vernon plantation. (Today, Mount Vernon Distilleries has recreated a rye whiskey based on what it believes was Washington's original recipe).

Rye was a cold-weather grain, Eisenman said, that flourished in the Northeast.

The English brought barley with them when they originally came to America, but that didn't grow well in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic where they first landed, he said.

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The Dutch, however, brought rye, which flourished. (Rum, brought by the English from the West Indies, was a more popular drink at first, but it was no longer an option after independence.)

As people migrated south, they found that corn grew best in places like Kentucky and Tennessee, which led to bourbon's emergence in those places. But elsewhere, rye was the name of the game.

Then came the cocktails

In the late 1800s, the cocktail scene began to take off in America.

Central to all the original cocktail recipes — the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, and later, the Sazerac – was rye whiskey. (The Sazerac was originally made with brandy but switched to rye in the 1870s, Eisenman said).


It's important to note that bartending was deemed a very honorable profession at that time, and most people spent a lot of their time in bars. In Eisenman's words:

They had sermons in the bar; you could have town-hall meetings in the bar. The bar in the 1700 and 1800s was a place where people from out of town would stay ... It was the hub of all information, so the bartender was the gatekeeper of all information.

It was not until the mid- to late-20th century that bartending began to lose its prestige as a profession and became something people did between jobs or to make money on the side, Eisenman said.

A blow to rye

During World War I and World War II, the US government subsidized corn. That, for obvious reasons, dealt a major blow to the rye whiskey industry.

Then after World War II and through the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, vodka and gin began taking over the US liquor market.

Eisenman credits this to James Bond movies and the double-agent character's affinity for gin martinis. 

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The "three martini lunch" became such a popular trend among American business executives that presidents Kennedy and Carter had to crack down on the phenomenon.

So splashy vodka cocktails became commonplace in bars — think Long Island Iced Tea and Sex on the Beach – and for the older drinkers, blended Scotches started making their way into American bars.

Needless to say, few people were drinking rye whiskey at the time.

Craft distillers and master mixologists

In the 1990s, craft-beer brewing started to take root — followed shortly by craft whiskey distilling.

Craft distillers were able to experiment more because they were distilling on a much smaller scale and aging their spirits for shorter periods of time.

Around that time, bartending started to become more popular as a profession once again, and the bar scene, more broadly, began to stage a comeback.

Armed with social media and the power to brand themselves and their bars, career bartenders today are considered almost the same as celebrities.


"Bartenders get flown around the world to set up bars; they get flown around the globe to teach about cocktails," Eisenman said.

In New York, bars like Milk & Honey, Death & Co., Attaboy, and Employees Only opened up, with "mixologists" for bartenders, at the forefront of the "cocktail revolution."

The juices of the 1990s were replaced with bitters and natural ingredients in cocktails. And bartenders started to re-create all the original recipes.

Rye's comeback

One cocktail — the Manhattan — epitomized that revolution, and at the heart of its recipe was rye whiskey.

Rye had been "pretty much on its deathbed in 2006," Eisenman notes. So the surge in popularity for rye-based cocktails in the past five to 10 years has been huge for the industry.

WhistlePig master distiller Dave Pickerell saw the potential, and he left Maker's Mark to get into rye.

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Now, Eisenman says, "it's cool to go to the bar and order a Manhattan or order an Old Fashioned instead of ordering a Jack and Coke or a Sex on the Beach."

"People want to drink awesome cocktails that were created for a reason," he said.

And because rye is such a strong, flavorful grain, good for enhancing cocktails or being sipped on its own, Pickerell and Eisenman think it will continue to grow in popularity.

"As long as people are experimenting more and more, rye whiskey is only going to become bigger," Eisenman said.

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Fresh fruits and veggies aren't always healthier than frozen ones — here's why


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If you need a reason to skip that trip to the farmer's market, this might be it.

A new study has debunked a commonly-held belief that the fresh, colorful fruits and veggies in the produce section are better for you than their frozen (often much cheaper) counterparts.

The paper, published last month in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, finds that frozen fruits and vegetables are, in many cases, more nutritious because fresh produce loses vitamins when left sitting in the fridge, even after just a few days.

For their study, the paper's authors tried to replicate how most people buy, store, and eat their fruits and veggies. Over two years, they measured the nutritional content of three types of produce: fresh, frozen, and "fresh-stored" (purchased fresh and stored in the refrigerator for five days). The items they examined were broccoli, cauliflower, corn, green beans, peas, spinach, blueberries, and strawberries.

The researchers compared the concentrations of three key nutrients in the fruits and vegetables: vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate. These nutrients are water-soluble and sensitive to heat, so they made good candidates to study when comparing frozen, fresh, and refrigerated foods.

Surprisingly, frozen fruits and veggies consistently outperformed "fresh-stored" ones in tests of these nutrients.

"The findings of this study do not support the common belief of consumers that fresh food has significantly greater nutritional value than its frozen counterpart," the authors write.

While fresh produce typically contains the highest amounts of nutrients at harvest, these nutrients start to degrade as soon as the foods are picked, packed, and assembled on produce displays. By the time we get them home and retrieve them from our refrigerators, many of these nutrients have fallen to levels lower than those seen in frozen produce, which are chilled almost as soon as they're picked from the fields.

workers pick strawberriesWhen it comes to vitamin C, for example, fresh vegetables typically contain higher amounts than frozen or canned veggies, a study in the journal Food Chemistry found. But nutrients break down fast — a study in the journal Proceedings of the American Society of Horticultural Science found that green peas lost 52% of their wet weight in the first 24-48 hours after picking.

Another analysis, done roughly a decade ago by food scientists at the University of California Davis, came to a similar conclusion as the latest paper. "Depending on the commodity, freezing ... may preserve nutrient value," the authors wrote, adding, "exclusive recommendations of fresh produce ignore the nutrient benefits of ... frozen products."

One takeaway here is that buying fruits and veggies and eating them immediately is probably your best bet, since the nutrients inside won't have had too much time to degrade since harvesting. In most cases, however, the nutritional content of fresh and frozen produce is so similar that it won't make a meaningful difference for your health to prioritize one or the other. And in some cases — especially when we store food in the fridge for a while — frozen produce wins altogether.

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Here's what the next generation of Trump hotels could look like


The Trump family is pushing on with the launch of a new hotel chain called Scion, the Associated Press reported Friday

Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, confirmed to the AP that "it's full steam ahead," with the project. "It's in our DNA. It's in the Trump boys' DNA," Danziger said in reference to Trump's two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who have been put in charge of the Trump Organization. 

The new chain of hotels, which will not carry the Trump name, were announced in September 2016. The plan is to target millennials with cheaper rooms and larger communal spaces. According to the AP, the rooms are expected to cost between $200 and $300 a night, which is significantly cheaper than Trump's namesake luxury hotel brand.

There could be up to 100 of these hotels opening up in cities and resorts across the country in the next three years, with the first likely to be in Dallas. According to the Dallas News, developer Mike Sarimsakci is rumored to be working on the first project, though a spokesperson for the Trump Organization declined to confirm. 

The Trump Organization will not be putting any money into building the hotel themselves – the named real-estate developers and their investors will cover costs.

Take a look at what one of these hotels may look like. These renderings were put together by Trump Hotels:


The lobby area will have a large communal space. "Scion is a multi-faceted lifestyle brand developed in response to the boom in social clubs and the 'we' economy," a press release announcing the new hotel brand said. These large spaces are aimed to give guests the chance to "connect and engage."  

There will also be a large restaurant area for guests to meet and mix in:


In a press conference before he took office, Trump said that his company would take on "no new foreign deals" to resolve the potential for conflicts of interest during his presidency.

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13 wonderful Old English words we should still be using today


Medieval TimesAs the years pass, language evolves. In fact, many of the words we use today— like "bedazzled" and "addiction" — were invented by William Shakespeare.

But on the flip side, some fantastic Old English vocabulary has dropped out of everyday conversation.

Read below to see a list of the best words that need reviving.

1. Grubbling (v)

Definition: "Like groping, except less organised. Usually refers to pockets, but can also be used for feeling around in desk drawers that are filled with nicknacks and whatnot."

Example: He was grubbling around in his pocket to find his car keys.

2. Snollygoster (n)

Definition: "A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician."

Example: Many consider Chris Christie to be a snollygoster after the Bridgegate scandal.

3. Zwodder (n)

Definition: "A drowsy and stupid state of body or mind."

Example: Without my morning coffee, I remain in a zwodder all day.

4. Woofits (n)

Hangovers don't deter drinking"A hangover."

Example: Water and Advil normally help when you have the woofits.

5. Grufeling (v)

Definition: "To lie close wrapped up and in a comfortable-looking manner; used in ridicule."

Example: Avoid grufeling in the face of a challenge.

6. Clinomania (n)

Definition: "An obsessive desire to lie down."

Example: Without adequate sleep, you'll suffer from more than clinomania.

7. Hum durgeon (n)

Definition: "An imaginary illness; also 'the thickest part of his thigh is nearest his arse.'"

Example: You should never claim hum durgeon to miss work.

8. Quomodocunquize (v)

Definition: "To make money in any way that you can.”

Example: Rather than quomodocunquizing, invest your money wisely.

9. Fudgel (v)

Facebook WorkDefinition: "Pretending to work when you're not actually doing anything at all."

Example: Sometimes fudgeling can actually increase your focus.

10. Snecklifter (n)

Definition: "A person who pokes his [or her] head into a pub to see if there's anyone who might stand him [or her] a drink."

Example: Snecklifters never pay for their own whiskey — or offer to buy one for you.

11. Ergophobia (n)

"The morbid fear of returning to work."

Example: The worst employees suffer from extreme ergophobia on Mondays.

12. Famelicose (adj)

Definition: "Constantly hungry."

Example: I'm famelicose for a grilled cheese.

13. Groke (v)

Definition: "To gaze at somebody while they're eating in the hope that they'll give you some of their food."

Example: My dog constantly grokes at me longingly while I eat dinner.

Christina Sterbenz contributed to a previous version of this story.

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George Soros' former right-hand man is selling his 20-acre estate for $31.5 million


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Billionaire trader Stanley Druckenmiller, formerly a top investment strategist to George Soros, has listed his palatial Greenwich, Connecticut, estate for $31.5 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The estate has 12,238 square feet of living space and eight bedrooms in total. It sits on nearly 20 acres and is technically three lots combined into one.

Druckenmiller and his wife are selling the home because they don't get enough use out of it, listing agent Leslie McElwreath of Sotheby's International Realty told the Wall Street Journal.

Druckenmiller is also the former president of Duquesne Capital Management, which he founded before joining Soros Fund Management.

Let's take a look inside the home.

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The estate, known as Sabine Farm, was built by publisher H.J. Fisher in 1910.

After Druckenmiller and his wife bought the estate in 2004, they renovated the mansion.

The home has 12,238 square feet of living space.

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A realtor explains how to set yourself up as a homebuyer long before you ever start shopping


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There's no doubt buying your first home can be intimidating.

Not only is it a commitment to settle down in one place, but it's a huge financial decision.

So where do you start?

In preparing to buy, you need to make sure you have at least nine months to a year of consistent income in order to qualify for a mortgage, says Dana Bull, a 27-year-old realtor with Sotheby's International in Boston.

Bull bought her first home, a condo in Salem, Massachusetts, with her now-husband at just 22 years old, after working for nine months straight out of college.

Bull suggests talking to a lender at least two to three months before you're ready to buy, so you can find out what you need to do — or how much longer you'll need to work — to qualify for a mortgage in your price range, or simply to talk about the financial options available to you.

"There's no harm in talking to a lender and getting started early and understanding your options and what you need to do," she told Business Insider. "Oftentimes, I'll have a buyer come to me and he's like, 'I just got a new job, I started my own business, I'm going to be a photographer, and I want to buy a house' and it's like, 'Well, you kind of shot yourself in the foot because now you don't have the income proof to back up your loan.'"

She says she's noticed more and more millennials favoring low down payment programs, where down payments range from 3.5% to 10% of the purchase price rather than the typical 20%. It helps first-time buyers with lower incomes enter high-priced markets.

"I think there's no harm in starting early and just going out and seeing the sights," Bull said. "That way you'll be even more armed by the time you're actually ready to pull the trigger."

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Fashion mogul Chris Burch built a five-star resort on a remote Indonesian island — and it's officially the best in the world



After founding or cofounding several internationally known retail brands — C. Wonder and Tory Burch — and investing in several others, Chris Burch is taking his entrepreneurial eye to a new industry: hospitality.

Burch, together with hotelier James McBride, bought a beach hostel on the Indonesian island of Sumba in 2012. The duo spent $30 million renovating the hostel, then reopened it as a five-star resort called Nihiwatu in 2015. 

Nihiwatu was voted the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2016.

In an interview with Business Jet Traveler in 2015, Burch said, "I bought it for my children and as a piece of something that I hope we can preserve and give back to the community. When you're in a place where the palette is so beautiful, you can do things that you can't do in other places: build a spa under a waterfall, go to places where no others have been, have a butler in every room."

"Nihiwatu has turned into more than I expected, which is rare because most times things turn into less."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Burch splits his time between Miami, the Hamptons, and his resort in Indonesia. Nihiwatu has 27 private villas, including Raja Mendaka, Chris Burch's private home. That particular section has a main house and four additional villas, each with its own private plunge pool.  

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Nicknamed "The Edge of Wilderness," Nihiwatu is on the west coast of Sumba, a remote Indonesian island.

The name means "mortar stone," and the beach was originally named after a rock formation on the tide.

In 2012, Chris Burch and hotelier friend James McBride bought what was then a beach hostel owned by a couple from New Jersey.



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The world's top 13 fashion brands are worth $175 billion combined


Luxury fashion has become a huge global business in the past few decades. Several major brands have long been dominant players, but other brands not traditionally associated with luxury have also established themselves.

These are the most valuable fashion brands in the world, according to Interbrand. Taken together, these 13 brands are worth a whopping $175 billion. 

The 13 Most Valuable Brands

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