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The $500 million Museum of the Bible, founded by the Hobby Lobby president who's embroiled in a 'looted' artifacts scandal, is set to open — here's what it's like

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  • The $500 million private Museum of the Bible is set to open this week. 
  • Hobby Lobby's president — who paid $3 million in a case involving smuggling artifacts earlier this year — is one of the driving forces behind the museum.
  • The enormous museum will feature artifacts and recreate Biblical stories, as well as discuss the book's influence.
  • However, it has been plagued by questions about how it will balance religion and facts.

 

The Museum of the Bible — a $500 million private museum that has been dogged by scandal — is finally set to open this week in Washington, DC. 

From the beginning, the private museum has been plagued by questions regarding how it will balance religious messages and historical facts.

Things were further complicated when news broke in July that the museum chairman and Hobby Lobby president Steve Green had been involved in smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts into the United States. 

On Wednesday, a new controversy reared its head, with news that the museum will display the Confederate flag and pro-slavery texts in an attempt to understand the Bible's role in the Civil War. 

Here's everything you need to know about the controversial museum.

SEE ALSO: Conservatives are smashing Keurigs to defend Sean Hannity — here are the other brands that have incurred the wrath of the right

The Museum of the Bible is located in a 430,000-square-foot center in Washington, DC.

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Construction on the museum began in 2015.

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The museum is located two blocks from the National Mall.

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Ayesha Curry opened a fine-dining barbecue restaurant in San Francisco's sinking skyscraper — here's what it's like to eat there

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Ayesha Curry is on the fast-track to food empress.

On November 13, Curry, who's married to the Golden State Warrior's Steph Curry, opened a barbecue joint called International Smoke in San Francisco. Launched in partnership with Chef Michael Mina, the restaurant is the crowning achievement of Curry's brand, which includes a cookbook, a meal-kit delivery service, and a cooking show on the Food Network.

Reservations are booked through February, though the restaurant will stay open late for Warriors players. (Steph and the team came by for a bite after a game on opening night.)

International Smoke, which calls itself a globally-inspired grillmade headlines ahead of the debut for its choice of location. The grill resides in the ground level of the Millennium Tower, a 58-story skyscraper that is sinking and leaning with no fix in sight. Fortunately for Curry, the building has been deemed safe to occupy and is not considered at risk of falling.

We had the chance to dine at International Smoke. Here's what it was like.

SEE ALSO: The San Francisco area is the new fine-dining capital of America — here are the top restaurants

International Smoke is not a barbecue restaurant in the traditional sense.



The restaurant celebrates different approaches to open-flame cooking, grilling, and smoking a variety of meats. The menu features dishes from around the world.



Curry told Business Insider that her and Mina's "extremely diverse backgrounds" served as an inspiration for the restaurant.

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Curry, who is part Chinese, Jamaican, African American, and Polish, said when she took a close look at her heritage, she realized every culture has its own form of barbecue.

"It revolves around the fire, grilling, and bringing families together," Curry said.



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Oxford has been named the UK city home to the most gentlemen

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  • Oxford has been named the UK city with the most gentlemen.
  • It topped a survey of 2,000 people by Gentleman's Journal.
  • Despite being small, Oxford won by landslide, beating London.


Oxford has been named the British city with the most gentlemen, according to Gentleman’s Journal.

The men’s lifestyle magazine asked 2,000 individuals across the UK which city's men they perceive as the most gentlemanly.

Oxford came out on top, with over half (54%) of all respondents either naming it their top or second choice.

With a population of around 160,000, Oxford is one of the UK's smaller cities.

Nevertheless, the picturesque and historic city in the south of England stormed the vote and knocked all of the UK's major cities into the shadows.

London — known for its crowds of bankers and city boys — came second, with 40% of respondents listing it as one of their top two. Manchester came third, with a vote of confidence from 19% of respondents, while other major cities like Birmingham and Leeds did not feature at all.

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The survey of cities with the most gentlemen was part of a wider study that looked at the most annoying traits displayed by British men.

Participants were provided with a list of traits, including immaturity and not participating in housework, and were asked to tick all of the traits that they thought British men were particularly guilty of.

Drinking too much and demonstrating “laddish” behaviour came out as the most unattractive trait, with 77% of respondents deeming it unattractive.

Not listening, a stereotypical complaint, was deemed unattractive by only 50% of respondents.

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7 fun, free things to do in New York City on New Year's Eve this year

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New Year's Eve 2017

New York City should be on everyone's list of once-in-a-lifetime New Year's Eve destinations.

The city is home to the world-famous Times Square ball drop, where last year more than two million people gathered in the chilly air to watch live performances and count down to midnight. And it's free.

Below, we've rounded up seven more fun events in New York City that won't cost you a penny on New Year's Eve.

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Dance at the Midnight Run in Central Park

While there's a fee to participate in the 4-mile run, spectating is free at New York Road Runner's Midnight Run in Central Park. The party starts at 10 p.m. with a live DJ, followed by a parade and costume contest at 11 p.m. and the race and fireworks at midnight. 



Cruise the harbor on the Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry offers riders the best views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. At no cost to ride, you'll see fireworks going off in each of the boroughs as you cruise the harbor on New Year's Eve. Bring a coat and get there early.



Listen to live music at the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace

A New York staple since 1984, the Concert for Peace takes place at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine every New Year's Eve. General admission seats are free and open to the public. This year's show features Cathedral Artist in Residence Judy Collins, and runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.



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14 powerful men in politics and media accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of Harvey Weinstein

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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein fell from his lofty pedestal atop the entertainment industry in October after more than 80 women accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.

Since the accusations against Weinstein came to light, the floodgates have opened and scores of women have come out with allegations against some of the most powerful figures in media and politics.

Here are some of the biggest names in the industry who have been accused of sexual misconduct. This list includes men who were accused after the Weinstein allegations came to light, but also some prominent men in media and politics whose accusations resurfaced after Weinstein's accusers came forward.

SEE ALSO: 26 powerful men accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of Harvey Weinstein

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Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota

Los Angeles TV broadcaster Leeann Tweeden alleged in a column for 790 KABC that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006, while she was part of a United Service Organizations tour to entertain military service members abroad.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, Franken apologized to Tweeden.

"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it," he said.

Franken followed up with another statement saying he asked that the Senate undertake an ethics investigation into his actions.

"Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive," he said. "But the intentions behind my actions aren't the point at all. It's the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to terms with that."



Roy Moore, former judge and current Alabama Senate candidate

Seven women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct.

• Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that she was 14 years old when the then-32-year-old Moore made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

• Two other women told The Post that they dated Moore when they were 17 and 18 years old. Another woman said Moore asked her out when she was 16 but that they did not go out.

• Gena Richardson told the paper that Moore asked her out while she was a high school senior, and allegedly gave her an unwanted "forceful" kiss that scared her.

• Beverly Young Nelson said during a press conference Nov. 13 that Moore attempted to sexually assault her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.

•Tina Johnson told AL.com that Moore allegedly "grabbed" her buttocks in 1991 while she was in his law office.

Moore has vehemently denied all the accusations against him and painted them as a liberal smear on his campaign.

Several prominent Republicans have since disavowed Moore, and called on him to step down. Some have also floated the option of removing him from the chamber if he wins Alabama's special election in December.



Mark Halperin, former NBC News political analyst and MSNBC contributor

Mark Halperin was dismissed from NBC and MSNBC after CNN's Oliver Darcy reported that he had sexually harassed at least a dozen women when he worked at ABC News.

One woman accused him of masturbating in front of her in his office at ABC News, and another claimed he threw her against a window at a restaurant and tried to kiss her. When she refused his advances, she said, he told her that she would never have a future in politics or the media.

Halperin also had an upcoming book and HBO adaptation that was canceled in the wake of allegations against him.

"I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated," Halperin said in a statement.



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Condo prices at Trump Tower are plummeting to their lowest value since the Great Recession

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  • Condo prices are plummeting at Trump Tower.
  • A report said average prices are down to their lowest rates since the financial crisis.
  • Donald Trump's presidency could be partially to blame for the dropoff.


The prices of condos at New York City's Trump Tower have plummeted since President Donald Trump launched his campaign in 2015.

The dropoff is so severe that real estate in the Fifth Avenue building has reached its lowest value since the Great Recession, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

The average price per square foot in the property is $2,100, down 13% from 2016 and 23% from the year before, according to The Journal.

Analysts are pointing to multiple factors that could explain the cheaper prices, including heightened security since Trump was elected, a general dislike of Trump, or an overall deceleration in the luxury condo market in the area.

However, Trump Tower's condos are dropping more rapidly than other properties in Midtown Manhattan. Excluding new developments, the average price per square foot in the area has seen a slight uptick of 0.3% since 2015.

"There is no way of knowing whether prices have taken a nose dive because of the restrictions that are now associated with living in the building — such as the Secret Service and police presence — or because the Trump brand so closely aligned with the building is having a depressing effect on prices," Gabby Warshawer, director of research at the real-estate website CityRealty, told The Journal.

Boaz Mashiach, whose real estate group lists two Trump Tower properties for $7.8 million, said Trump's presidency could be a factor in the building's declining condo prices, but added that the market was "very soft right now."

"Some people don’t like to live in his building — and there are some people who want to live only in his building," he told The Journal.

Trump Tower, standing 664 feet tall, occupies prime real estate near Manhattan's Central Park. It was the headquarters for Trump's presidential campaign and was the site of several protests and demonstrations following Trump's election.

The skyscraper isn't the only one of Trump's properties in an apparent slump. The nearby Trump International Hotel and Tower has seen a 24% drop in its average price-per-square-foot rate since 2015, down to $3,600, according to The Journal.

On Thursday, the Independent reported that the Trump Organization is worth just one tenth of the value it previously claimed.

SEE ALSO: 7 ways rich people could benefit from Trump's new tax plan

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley revealed the 1 piece of advice she'd give her younger self

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  • Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has stressed the importance of being present in the moment — and putting your phone down.
  • She said it's important to avoid slipping down the Instagram "wormhole" and feel empowered by social media.
  • Huntington-Whiteley was speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit at Sotheby's in London on Thursday.


Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has revealed the advice she'd give to her younger self — and what she had to say was relevant to anyone living in the constantly-connected world of 2017.

The 30-year-old was speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit at Sotheby's in London on Thursday, a day of inspirational talks from influential women across business, art, fashion, food, health, and wellbeing.

Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Justine Picardie asked Huntington-Whiteley: "What's the one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?"

This was her response:

"The biggest lesson that I've learned over my life really, is the importance of being present, and being in the moment, and not getting hung up on what happened yesterday, or last week, or last year, and not worrying too much and too far into the future and being anxious about it.

"All you can do is control the moment that we're in, and I think that applies to everything across the board in life, and I think you can get really caught up worrying about what's going to happen tomorrow, and you can punish yourself for what happened yesterday, and you're missing the moment."

She added: "I think any time that you're going through a challenging time or there's a struggle, for me the number one thing to remember is to take that time to centre myself and be present in the moment."

This ethos involves paying attention to how you use your phone and social media, according to Huntington-Whiteley, who stressed the importance of "being able to put it down and engage in actual conversation."

"Everyone's quick to take their phone out to get a picture on Instagram, it's like if it's not on Instagram it hasn't happened," she said. "At a concert you see people watching the concert through their phones and it's like, 'Put it down, it's right there!'"

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The event coincided with the launch of the magazine's Bazaar 150 Visionary Women Power List, which — as a part of the celebrations around Harper's Bazaar's 150th birthday — recognises 150 of the most influential female leaders in the UK.

It featured the likes of Huntington-Whiteley, Emma Watson, Victoria Beckham, Amal Clooney, Annie Lennox, Malala Yousafzai, J.K. Rowling, Nicola Sturgeon, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Huntington-Whiteley was recognised not only for being a supermodel and actress, but for her lingerie line — and new cosmetics line — with Marks & Spencer, and for her work collaborating on a special-edition design of Caudalie’s iconic Beauty Elixir.

Avoiding the Instagram "wormhole"

She's active on Instagram herself, and shares behind-the-scenes shots from photoshoots as well as images and videos of new products regularly.

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However, she said that she's very aware of the negative impact social media can have, particuarly with young women following her on the platform.

"If you can see it for what it really is and take it for what it is then it can be a positive thing," she said.

"I'm a young woman and I obviously spend time on social media, and I can find myself in a wormhole," she said, adding that sometimes she puts her phone away when she realises: "'I don't feel good,' 'I don't feel empowered from spending that half an hour on Instagram.'"

"I hope that [through] social media I can share my life and my work and engage my audience and let them know what I'm up to... I hope it's inspiring in a way. If it's a shot of my outfit or talking about a beauty product or sharing a recent cover, it's letting people know what's going on.

"But I am aware of the feeling you get on social media — it doesn't always feel great, and I do think it's important for young people to take it with a pinch of salt."

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How Bill Gates makes and spends his billions

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With a net worth of approximately $89 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men in the world. If he spent $1 million a day, it'd take him 245 years to spend his fortune. Here's how he made all that cash.

In 1975, Gates co-founded Microsoft. At 31, he became the world's youngest billionaire at the time. In 1995, he released Windows 95 and became the world's richest man. He's been at the top of the list ever since. Gates is also a leading philanthropist.

He stepped down as Microsoft CEO to focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It has given away $41.3 billion to charity. Gates doesn't forget to splurge on himself, though. He bought a $21 million jet in 1997. He's had tons of luxurious cars over the years. He even once got arrested for speeding in a Porsche 911. Gates has an extensive art collection. In 1988, he spent $36 million on a Winslow Homer painting.

That piece hangs in his $63 million home in Seattle. It has 24 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, a reception hall that holds 200 people, a home theater, and an artificial stream stocked with fish.

In 2010, Bill, Melinda, and Warren Buffett created the "The Giving Pledge." Those who join pledge to give half of their wealth to charity.

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You're not rich until you have $100 million, say rich people

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  • Most people have a "happiness number" — the amount of money they need to afford the lifestyle they want and not worry about money.
  • For the typical wealthy New York family, that number starts at $100 million, according to an estimate by Town & Country magazine.
  • Only 0.09% of America's millionaires are worth over $100 million.

 

Even rich people think wealth is elusive.

About 5% of Americans are millionaires. The vast majority of them, about 95% according to a report by Wealth Engine, have between $1 million and $5 million — and many think that's just not enough.

"Many people believe that, along with tangible assets and services, having it all means having some wiggle room — money to cover a major splurge or setback, and more on top of that," writes Norman Vanamee in Town & Country magazine.

Vanamee consulted experts to estimate the "happiness number" for a hypothetical, wealthy, non-working couple in their forties with two teenage kids in an expensive private school in New York City. They live in a park-side Fifth Avenue apartment, buy art, take private jets, donate to charity, and have a household staff — a chef, driver, and housekeeper — plus two vacation homes. They're also setting aside $25 million for each child to inherit.

An analyst from U.S. Trust estimated the hypothetical couple would need to have a net worth of $190 million to sustain this lifestyle.

Here are some of the costs considered in the estimate:

  • Real estate: $18 million apartment on Fifth Avenue facing Central Park, $2 million for furniture and decor, $20 million for a weekend home in the Hamptons and a vacation spot in the Caribbean.
  • Education: $1.7 million per child for a "no-expense-spared educational strategy" which includes private school and tutors, music lessons, sports, trips abroad, and four-year Ivy League tuition.
  • Philanthropy: $25,000 annually to sit on the board of a New York City Museum, $15,000 per table at annual charity event.
  • Staff: $150,000 annually for a driver, a chef, and a housekeeper.
  • Art: $20 million to $100 million per piece, in a seven or eight piece collection, or about $1 million annually.
  • Health and beauty: $150,000 annually for wardrobe, grooming, trainers, and cosmetic procedures.

Other experts peg the happiness number at around $100 million.

"[Billionaires] view $100 million as the starting point for real money. They call it a hundy. Like, 'Oh, they made it, they have a hundy,'" Richard Kirshenbaum, New York Observer columnist and author of "Isn't That Rich? Life Among the 1%," told Town & Country. Kirshenbaum says the estimate isn't his own, but came from several billionaires he's interviewed.

But Robert Frank, wealth editor at CNBC and host of "Secret Lives of the Super Rich," said "the number is less relevant than how you earned it and what you're doing with it."

Still, having money doesn't alleviate all anxieties. In fact, it often gives way to new anxieties and worries that are unique to those flush with cash.

"I still feel, to some extent, that I don't have enough money," said Thomas Gallagher, a multimillionaire quoted by The New York Times. "Emotionally, I don't come from money; I got very lucky on Wall Street. I've been dealing with a myriad of psychological issues since I retired. I have more money than I had ever imagined, but I still worry — do I have enough, if I live longer than I thought?"

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The incredible life of Food Network's 'Pioneer Woman' — who owns 433,000 acres and gets paid millions of dollars in government money

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  • Ree Drummond is a famous blogger and star of Food Network's "The Pioneer Woman."
  • Drummond rose to fame blogging about life on her husband's ranch. 
  • The star's future plans are much bigger than cooking comfort food. 

 

Ree Drummond is one of the biggest personalities in food media in 2017. 

"The Pioneer Woman" is a People magazine cover star. She has a Food Network show, has published seven books, and founded a magazine. And, as of this week, her family is the 23rd largest landowner in the US. 

It's been a winding path that brought "The Pioneer Woman" to fame — and it's not over yet. While Drummond made her name cooking up comfort food, her future plans are much bigger than a blog and Food Network TV show. 

Here's how Ree Drummond became "The Pioneer Woman," and what she's doing next.

SEE ALSO: Pawhuska, Oklahoma, went from a 'ghost town' to a thriving tourist hub thanks to 'The Pioneer Woman' — here's what it's like to visit

Drummond was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, an affluent suburb, but moved to Los Angeles to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.

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However, her plan to stick to city living fell apart when she met rugged rancher Ladd Drummond, who she calls "Marlboro Man" in her blog.

Source: The New Yorker



The couple's love for each other has been a constant on "The Pioneer Woman" since the blog's early days — and any photo of the Marlboro Man is sure to provoke comments of "lucky woman" and heart emojis on social media.



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Here's how much money you should be making to afford the rent in New York's most expensive neighborhoods

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  • Rents in New York City are increasing at double the rate of incomes.
  • In many neighborhoods, the median monthly rent is much higher than the median income in its borough.
  • Manhattan is home to the city's most expensive neighborhoods.

 

As New York City rents become more expensive, many residents are facing the possibility of being priced out of their apartments or having to dedicate large portions of their incomes to housing. In fact, in the past seven years, rents have increased at double the rate of incomes, according to StreetEasy, which means that you need to make six figures to afford living in many of the city's most desirable neighborhoods. 

To illustrate the disparity between wages and housing expenses, StreetEasy calculated the median rent in most of the neighborhoods in New York City and determined the amount of money you would have to make each year to ensure that rent does not consume more than 30% of your income, which is the real estate company's definition of affordability.

The website then compared the recommended incomes to the actual median incomes of those living in each borough and found that in many cases, New York City residents were spending a significant portion of their incomes on rent. You can find the full results here.

These are the four most expensive neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan — and the amount of money you'd need to make to afford living there. 

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Long Island City, Queens

Median Asking Rent: $2,570

Recommended Income: $102,800

% Compared to Borough Median Income: 65.3%



Little Neck, Queens

Median Asking Rent: $2,575

Recommended Income: $103,000

% Compared to Borough Median Income: 65.6%



Whitestone, Queens

Median Asking Rent: $2,695

Recommended Income: $107,800

% Compared to Borough Median Income: 73.3%



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Inside the pawn shop where the 1% unloads its Rolexes and Birkin bags

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  • The New York Loan Company sells items like $30,000 Hermès Birkin bags and fine jewelry.
  • Its professional staff and tight security make it unlike any other pawn shop experience.
  • They promise their clients absolute confidentiality.

  

The New York Loan Company isn't your typical pawn shop. Your fingerprint must be taken before you can access the front door. In the front hall hangs a portfolio of prints by John Baldessari, worth $90,000. 

Located in Manhattan's Diamond District, in Midtown, the building in which the pawn shop is located — the International Gem Tower — has more than a few valuables inside.

"All the floors in this building have had to be reinforced because of the vaults in all the different offices," Eleanor Walper, a loan officer and in-house gemologist for the company, said to Business Insider. 

At the New York Loan Company, customers can sell valuable belongings, purchase others' goods at a discount, or get a short-term loan using their items as collateral.

Inside, you'll find items like $30,000 Hermès Birkin bags, double-digit-karat diamonds, Super Bowl rings, Emmy and Golden Globe trophies, high-end fine wines, and framed Andy Warhol pieces. Other high-end items that the company holds as collateral are kept in a vault, inside of a vault, at an undisclosed location.

Below are the items that are for immediate sale — either because they were purchased from a client, or as Walper put it, the client has "chosen to walk away from" them.

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The New York Loan Company is located in the Diamond District and feels more like an office than a pawn shop.



For-sale jewelry is kept on rotating stands behind a glass case.



The John Baldessari portfolio of prints hanging in the hallway is worth $90,000.



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Meet Tony Robbins' 24/7 personal trainer, who helped turn Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson into a movie star

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Tony Robbins is 57 years old but his schedule is as physically grueling as it's ever been. As the world's most famous life coach, Robbins is constantly traveling the world and averages 60 events annually. It's common for him to put in 16-hour workdays during one of his signature seminar events, and much of that time is spent jumping and running around a stage. This is where Billy Beck III comes in.

Robbins hired Beck as his full-time personal trainer four years ago, and Beck has helped him accommodate an increasingly busy schedule as he gets older.

Beck has his own gym in Florida, has twice won the Met-Rx Personal Trainer of the Year competition, and has had clients like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, NHL and NFL athletes, UFC fighters, and boxers.

Most of his time now, though, is spent traveling the world with Robbins to make sure he maintains his energy throughout his relentless schedule. Beck even bought a house near Robbins' main residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and has his own place next to Robbins' Fiji house.

Business Insider recently traveled to Robbins' Fiji resort Namale and spent several days with Robbins and Beck. And even though Robbins is Beck's client, it became obvious that the two are also great friends. Following is a transcript of the video.

Tony Robbins: Wow, look at the kind of animals that we have here in this forest! It's a lion!

[Meet Tony Robbins' personal trainer]

Billy Beck III: I'm Billy Beck III — trainer to a bunch of people, but in this episode, I am the exclusive trainer to Tony Robbins. We're in Namale. This is Tony's resort in the Fiji islands. This is my little sanctuary. This is where he hides me.

I've trained hundreds of professional athletes. When they come to see me, I take every factor that makes someone better physically, mentally, emotionally, and I make them a complete athlete.

[Beck travels the world with Robbins ...]

Beck: No one does more preparation than this man right here.

[... and it's clear they're best buddies]

Robbins: Yeah, Billy has a hard time having a good time. It's his most difficult situation. He was depressed when I met him. It was an amazing thing.

Beck: Yeah, you are amazing! I wasn't feeling good about myself.

Robbins: We have to figure out how to reverse that pattern. It's a little out of control.

Beck: By the time I was 13, I had to make a decision because I grew up in a trailer. I could either have a bed or a weight bench. So, I slept on a weight bench for three years. I didn't confine myself to exercise. I started studying nutrition. Then, I started looking at sports performance.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson – I was very blessed to be able to work with him. Worked for him like seven years or something like that. It was when he was looking to go from wrestling into movies.

Richard Feloni: How long have you been working with Tony?

Beck: Like four years?

Feloni: And you check in how often? A daily basis?

Robbins: Pretty much daily. Yeah. When we're at events, it's every day because he's there with me. When I'm on the road, it's not every day. But, we're dear friends also, so we're always connecting, communicating. But, it's constant. Yeah. He's really there because we're always adjusting things to what the environment demands from me.

Beck: He's on stage 12, 14, 16 hours, and he's completely immersed the entire time. My job is to actually stop him sometimes so I can refuel the tank. The level of technology and science that we employ to make him the best he can be is insane. We'll get an extra room in a hotel and bring a portable hyperbaric chamber. I mean, we do cryotherapy. We'll bring it with us. We do lab testing. I do genetic testing to determine what he actually needs more of, you know, from his DNA. So, we're never guessing. I don't like to guess. There's no reason to guess with the way we have technology now.

He pushed his body so hard for so long, that he got in debt with his body. He expended so much without replenishing it, that his body got really beat up. We've been able to correct a lot of this. In the last four years he's — like, this is the best shape he's ever been in.

Robbins: Billy!

Beck: Teamwork makes the dream work!

I see him do stuff all the time that people don't know about. He just loves people, and he hates to see people suffer, and like, if I wanted to be like anyone in the world, it would be like him.

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Homeless people living in RVs were evicted near the future site of a school funded by Mark Zuckerberg

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  • City officials in East Palo Alto evicted about 50 residents, including some school-aged children, from parked vehicles on a residential block.
  • The area is located near the future site of a school funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. The Primary School serves low-income families in the city.
  • The wealth gap is worsening in East Palo Alto, where nearly 60% of students in the school district are facing homelessness.

 

Homeless families and others living in RVs were forced to leave a street in the Silicon Valley city of East Palo Alto on Wednesday, sparking protests aimed at the tech industry.

City officials emptied a block of Weeks Street located next to the future site of The Primary School funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan.

A spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative told The Guardian it was not aware of the evictions before Wednesday, when a tow truck arrived on Weeks Street threatening to remove a dozen parked vehicles. About 50 people, including some school-aged children, were displaced.

The incident has brought attention to the profound poverty in the East Palo Alto school district, which includes the Facebook campus in its catchment area.

A staggering 58% of students in the local school district experience homelessness — from crashing on couches to sleeping in RVs and shelters — according to district superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. A short supply of housing combined with an influx of wealthy tech workers has driven prices sky-high, leaving longtime residents with fewer options.

The wealth gap in Silicon Valley cities is widening. In East Palo Alto, the median household income is $52,000, while in the neighborhoding town of Palo Alto is is $137,000.

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The Primary School opened to 51 low-income families in August 2016 at its current location in East Palo Alto. The preschool is private, but tuition is free. Chan, a pediatrician and CEO of the school, based the curriculum on a model that provides health services as part of the experience.

Teachers receive training on how to spot and manage a child with asthma — one of the top reasons students stay home from school, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— and dentists offer cleanings on site. Parents of students partner with coaches and teachers to measure and track a child's health, education, and social-emotional development.

The Primary School hopes to add more students (who are selected through a lottery) and teachers, with the goal of reaching 700 families in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood. Eventually, it plans to serve preschool through eighth grade.

Residents of East Palo Alto gathered on Weeks Street on Wednesday to protest the displacement. They claimed the city gave residents fewer than 24 hours to pack up and leave.

"It's very unreasonable," Marlayna Tuiasosopo, a protester and leader of the Real Community Coalition, told The Mercury News. "It's also inhumane."

The city cited residents' actions, not the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, as reason for the eviction. It said people living in RVs on Weeks Street were illegally dumping their chemical toilets into storm drains, creating a potential health hazard ahead of detrimental rain storms.

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A North Korean defector tells us what life was like under a dictatorship

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North Korean defector and author of "The Girl With Seven Names" Hyeonseo Lee explains what life was really like living in the country until she fled at the age of 17. Following is a transcript of the video.

My name is Hyeonseo Lee. I'm a North Korean defector and I grew up inside North Korea and I left the country when I was seventeen. And I wrote my memoir called "The Girl With Seven Names."

Everything we grew up with in North Korea was normal. I thought just the praising the leaders as God you know, public executions. We grew up with those public executions.

We thought this was a very normal thing to do as a human being. I thought every country have this system. And the ... the constant public executions were a constant reminder that I shouldn't do anything to disobey our government and the leaders.

In North Korea we can't say the leaders' name by itself. We have to put something the titles in front of the name. Otherwise, we can't be — we can be sent to political prison camp. As North Koreans, we know that. We have to be careful what we are saying. By saying wrong things can be sent to prison camp. Then not only you, but entire family will be disappeared in the middle of the night. It's a very common knowledge inside North Korea.

We don't know what happens inside but once somebody's sent inside there can't get out of the camp until they die. My mom told me many times that when you are outside you have to be careful what you are saying and don't repeat the words of what you hear at home.

This is the North Korea, exactly. Right now, I feel like we live in a — just prison. It's like a virtual prison we live inside the country.

Produced by Jenner Deal by Will Wei.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published on January 6, 2016.

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The mysterious life of first lady Melania Trump, a former supermodel who is the subject of fashion scandals and bizarre conspiracy theories

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  • Melania Trump breaks from first lady tradition in many ways. 
  • As a former lingerie model and an immigrant, she's very different from most modern first ladies. 
  • While Trump has the support of many loyal fans, her time as first lady has been filled with controversies — and a few conspiracies. 

 

Melania Trump is a first lady unlike any other. 

She's the only first lady in almost 200 years to be born outside the US, and she's the only first lady whose native language isn't English. Trump is also the first first lady to be a former lingerie model.

Her actions as the first lady of the US have similarly broken from tradition, winning over loyal fans and sparking questions from conspiracy theorists. Trump has become known for her fashion choices, with fans applauding her designer outfits and critics slamming her expensive tastes. 

Here's what we know about the mysterious first lady — and the conspiracies and controversies that have dogged her for the first 10 months of Trump's presidency. 

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Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970, making her the only first lady to have been born outside the US other than Louisa Catherine Johnson, the wife of John Quincy Adams. (She was born in England, though her father was an American merchant.)

Source: GQ, Business Insider



She started modeling in the late '80s and moved to New York City to pursue a career in 1996.



While modeling in Europe, Melania reportedly learned to speak in five languages, making her the most linguistically gifted first lady in American history.

Source: GQ



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Amazon and Calvin Klein are teaming up for a store of the future — and it could be a 'watershed moment' for clothing brands (AMZN, PVH)

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  • Amazon is partnering with fashion brand Calvin Klein on holiday pop-ups.
  • It includes exclusive product not sold elsewhere, as well as Amazon Echo devices in dressing rooms.
  • In a note to investors, Goldman Sachs called the partnership a "watershed moment."

 

Amazon's vision for the future is coming into focus — and it involves underwear.

The company is partnering with Calvin Klein on pop-up stores for the holiday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The new stores are set to be unlike anything else they've launched, with exclusive, Amazon-only underwear and Amazon Echos that can answer questions about the products, change the lighting, and play music in dressing rooms.

Customers can also make purchases through the Amazon mobile app and request embroidery customization on the spot. There will be one store in New York City and one store in Los Angeles, and both will be open from Thursday until December 31.

The move deepens the relationship between Amazon and Calvin Klein parent company PVH. Clothing is one of the fastest-growing categories on Amazon.com, where the exclusive underwear sold at the pop-up will also be offered.

Department stores, traditionally the most important outlet for Calvin Klein underwear, will not get access to the product until January, after the holiday.

In a note to investors, Goldman Sachs said that the partnership pop-ups might be a "watershed moment" for brands. Goldman Sachs analysts wrote that the "store of the future style features," like the Echo functionality and app payment system, could be a "fresh catalyst" for more brands to enter into agreements with Amazon and trust the company with their reputations.

SEE ALSO: Amazon has made some big changes to its service that lets you try on clothes before buying them

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The life and career of model-actress Louise Linton, who is married to Steve Mnuchin and just caused a stir with a photo showing off freshly printed money

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  • Actress and model Louise Linton married US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin this June.
  • Linton has gained attention due to public fights via her Instagram comments.
  • Most recently, she was the subject of criticism after a photo of her holding a sheet of newly printed $1 bills circulated on social media.

   

Louise Linton, wife of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, was in the spotlight well before her involvement with Washington insiders.

An actress and model from Edinburgh, Scotland, Linton married Mnuchin in an extravagant ceremony in June. She most recently made headlines after she and Mnuchin were photographed holding up a sheet of freshly printed $1 bills. The photos drew attention and criticism on Twitter, as well as a write-up in the Styles section of The New York Times, which critiqued her all-black leather outfit. 

Earlier this year she caused news when she published an Instagram photo that showed her and Mnuchin stepping off a government jet, adding the caption: "Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" She tagged several high-end designers, including Tom Ford and Valentino, in the post. The resulting comments were less than charitable; Linton then bashed one commenter for being "adorably out of touch" and made her Instagram account private for a period of time. She has since made the account public again

But the jet photo and ensuing comments were not the first time Linton sparked a controversy. Below, see more about her life.

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Linton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and spent weekends in the Melville Castle Dalkeith. In an interview with the Daily Record in 2015, Linton said of the property: "The castle is definitely haunted and many people have claimed to see a ghost."

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Linton began acting professionally in 2006. Prior to that, she made a TV appearance in 2003 on VH1's short-lived reality show "Hopelessly Rich."

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She's made appearances in "CSI: NY" and "Cold Case." More recently, she starred in movies like 2016's "Intruder."

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8 unbelievable perks that come with working for Google

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Google is famous for throwing tons of perks at its employees.

• The tech giant's company benefits currently have a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Glassdoor.

• Current and former Googlers especially praise the free food and 401k plan.



Google pulls out all the stops when it comes to attracting top talent.

Current and former employees have taken to job site Glassdoor to discuss some of their favorite perks. Overall, reviewers gave the company's benefits a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Employees praised everything from the company's parental leave policy to the tons of free meals they get at work.

Here are some of the perks Googlers mentioned on Glassdoor:

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First year engineers get 15 days of paid time off — that jumps to 20 days after three years and 25 days after five years. And anyone can take an unpaid three month leave of absence.

Source: Glassdoor


New mothers get paid leave up to 22 weeks, while fathers and adoptive parents get between seven and 12 weeks of paid leave. One senior software engineer wrote the benefit "...helps create an understanding that any team member might go on leave now and again, and that this is expected and normal and okay."

Source: Glassdoor



Google offers a 50% 401k match up to $8,250.

Source: Glassdoor



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Tiffany is selling everyday objects for eye-popping amounts of money — here are the craziest ones you can buy

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  • Tiffany & Co. sells expensive "Everyday Objects" on its website.
  • The items include silver and gold versions of ice cream scoopers and protractors.
  • Some of them cost upwards of $10,000.

 

The average Tiffany customer can afford to pay a premium for luxury. Perhaps this is why the company now has an "Everyday Objects" section on its website, where it sells silver and gold versions of "household" items, like balls of yarn and porcelain eggs, for thousands of dollars.

It might also be an attempt to build buzz among millennials and compensate for declining traffic in its stores, according to CNN.

The company said the collection was "born out of the notion that beautiful things should not be limited to special occasions," adding that the "covetable accessories possess a whimsical wink that is quintessentially Tiffany." (Or, in other words, they'll do well on social media.)

These are the craziest, least practical "everyday objects" you can currently buy on Tiffany's website. 

SEE ALSO: Here are the most absurdly expensive gifts on Neiman Marcus' guide for the ultra wealthy

Sterling Silver Golf Tee

Price: $175



Padova Pizza Cutter

Price: $165



Sterling and Glass Pencil Sharpener

Price: $275



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