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10 Things Men Shouldn't Wear After 30

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nike dunksAs you transition from your 20s into your 30s and beyond, your wardrobe may have to evolve.

There are just some style elements that you may have been able to pull off at a college party that you'll look ridiculous trying to pull off now. 

#10: Visors

Paul Rudd's character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall wore a visor. Why? Because he was an absolute dolt. If you're afraid of the sun getting in your eyes, go buy some sunglasses. No man should wear the same headgear that the guy who restocks the relish at Nathan's wears. And don't even get me started on wearing a visor backward. That's almost punishable by death.



#9: Ed Hardy Shirts

There is simply no justifiable excuse for a 30-year-old man to wear a T-shirt with a goddamn bedazzled dragon on it. Nothing says "Pathetically clinging to youth" quite like a middle-age man wearing Ed Hardy clothing. Remember a few years back when a post-divorce Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8 was, well, relevant? What was that dope wearing in damn near every paparazzi photo? That's right -- an awful, tacky, shiny, obnoxiously loud Ed Hardy T-shirt. Please, guys, the world doesn’t need another Jon Gosselin. In fact, I'm more or less positive that we didn't need the first one.



#8: Bright Sneakers

Adults can wear sneakers with colors on them. That's fine. We don't live in a black and white world. But there's just something about a 30-year-old guy wearing a pair of electric yellow sneakers with neon green laces that doesn't quite look right. Tone it down.



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Vegan Who Brings His Own Pasta To Restaurants Flips Out Over Not Getting A Discount

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A vegan who brings his own pasta to restaurants flipped out when he was charged full-price for his dish and wasn't allowed to use a coupon. 

Jack Litsky and his wife are vegans and bring their own pasta to restaurants to ensure what they're eating is 100 percent whole-grain, the man told columnist Karen Price Mueller at the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The couple went to Monticello restaurant in NJ with friends, expecting a discount because they usually received one.

Instead, the couple was charged $24 per entree. They also weren't allowed to use a $50 coupon. 

"(The owner) said, ‘You come here on a Saturday night and order a custom meal. I have to charge you extra,’" Litsky told the paper. "I said, ‘But you’ve already set the precedent where you charged me a lot less than that on several occasions,’ and she said that was the old manager’s decision and this was the new price."

The police were called, and Litsky said police threatened to arrest him for "theft of services." 

But he decided to pay the bill. 

The restaurant owner told the paper that Litsky was mistaken about receiving discounts in the past. They also refunded him $12. 

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10 Of The World's Best Places To See Stunning Sunrise Views

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 Angkor WatLet’s face it: Winter has left us chilled, pallid and perhaps a little less than energized. But the arrival of the vernal equinox on March 20—the first day of spring for the Northern Hemisphere—brought the promise of warmer temperatures and brighter days.

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Historically, pagans aligned this turn in season with the theme of rebirth, both spiritually and agriculturally. Likewise, many pagan deities were associated with renewal and rejuvenation. Egyptians looked to Hathor, daughter of the sun god Ra, who bore a golden solar disk between her horns. Greeks turned to Aphrodite of Cyprus, who is associated with love and fertility. And the Saxons honored Ostara, the goddess of springtime and the namesake of Easter.

Perhaps our ancestors were on to something. (Who doesn’t link the spring and summer months with growth and positive energy?) So take a cue from nature and begin the season of renewal with a visit to a place that celebrates and accentuates the beauty of the morning horizon. Soak in the silhouettes of Cambodian temples in Angkor Wat or peer out at the waters over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Take a walk by India’s Ganges River and see one of the world’s greatest tributes to romance, the Taj Mahal, or travel to the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga, where islanders are among the world’s first to see the sun rise each day. Each of our 11 favorites is bound to be enlightening. 

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It’s only fitting that the Hindu deity Angkor Wat was erected for—Vishnu—would have a connection to the sun. Although he is known as “the Protector” today, Vishnu is referred to as the Sun God in ancient Hindu scriptures. And although Angkor Wat has since become a Buddhist site, it remains one of the world’s best vantage points for a sunrise.

Book a room at La Résidence d’Angkor, a lavish riverside resort located near both the majestic temples and Siem Reap’s vibrant markets. The hotel offers a daybreak tour of Angkor Wat, with an optional breakfast picnic or an early-morning water blessing, in which a monk bestows fragrant flowers on guests and blesses them against the backdrop of ancient temples. For the full experience, schedule a meditation session with a Cambodian monk.Rooms start at $280; River Rd.; 855-63/963-390;



Bali, Indonesia

Bali’s gorgeous seascape is perfect for the romantically inclined. Book a room at the Amankila, a cliffside resort perched high in the hills overlooking the Lombok Strait and the volcanic eastern coastline.

The resort’s 35 thatched-roof suites embody refuge and relaxation; each suite is elevated and connected to the main hotel by tiny walkways. Start the day with a combination of light cardio and yoga, or opt for a sunrise cruise up the coastline for radiant views of Mount Rinjani, a volcano on the island of Lombok. Eat breakfast onboard and try your hand at fishing on the tranquil ride back. Another reason to set your alarm? A cooking class at dawn includes a guided market tour during which guests can handpick ingredients to cook an authentic Indonesian feast. Rooms start at $950; Manggis; 62-363/41333; amanresorts.com.



Great Barrier Reef, Bedarra Island, Australia

Located just off the coast of Mission Beach, Bedarra Island is a secluded alternative to Cairns, the city where most tourists end up when seeking out Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With a maximum capacity of 14 guests, Bedarra Island has all the amenities of a large resort combined with the intimacy of a bed-and-breakfast.

Soak up the sun on a nearby deserted island, book a private deep-sea fishing charter or explore the lush rainforest surrounding the hotel. The privately owned island has seven villas, each nestled away with private beaches and commanding views of the reef. Sustainability is important here, so expect fresh produce from the island’s garden, water-saving devices and a new off-grid hybrid solar system. Rooms start at $990; Bedarra Island; 61-7/4047-4747; bedarra.com.au.



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These Are The Best States To Make A Living

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oklahoma natural gasMaking a good living is tough these days. But precisely how tough it is may depend on where you live.

Earning a decent wage, staying ahead of inflation and coping with taxes are some of the challenges American workers face. If they can succeed at all of this and actually enjoy their jobs, it would be a nice bonus. So MoneyRates.com has identified the 10 states where employees may be most likely to accomplish these things.

For the third consecutive year, MoneyRates.com has conducted a study of the best and worst states for making a living. Using average wage and unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cost of living figures from C2ER (formerly ACCRA) and state tax information from Tax-Rates.org, MoneyRates.com calculated an average income figure for each state that includes adjustments for taxes, inflation and the chances of finding a job in that state.

Then, these figures were furthered adjusted according to each state's Workplace Environment rankings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll. These factors provide both a quantitative and qualitative basis for the rankings that follow.

1. Washington

The state of Washington starts workers out on the right foot with an average wage of more than $50,000 a year -- one of the highest in the nation. That high pay is more than enough to overcome a cost of living that is slightly above average, and workers get to keep more of that pay because Washington does not have a state income tax.

To cap it all off, Washington residents gave their work environments an above-average ranking in the Gallup-Healthways poll.



2. Virginia

Virginia's strengths include a high average income, a low cost of living and low unemployment.

This has been a consistently winning combination for the state: Virginia has ranked in the top five states for making a living in each of the three years MoneyRates.com has done this study. It even ranked No. 1 in the 2012 study.



3. Colorado

A relatively high average income and moderate inflation are enough to help Colorado do well on quantitative factors, and having the third-best ranking for work environment gives them an extra boost.



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Take A Tour Of Graham Hill's Remarkably Tiny SoHo Apartment

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LifeEdited Party SceneGraham Hill, founder of minimalist design firm LifeEdited, brought his ultimate dream home to life less than a year ago.

After shedding the excess, he managed to fit his entire life inside a 420-square foot apartment in Manhattan's trendy SoHo neighborhood. 

The idea was to fit 700 square feet into 420 square feet with the creative use of space. The result is a home that doubles as a treasure trove of storage space, featuring fold-up beds, hidden cabinets, removable walls and more. It can be transformed from a living room to bedroom, workspace, dining room and entertainment space.

"A simpler life is a happier life," Hill told Business Insider in an interview in March. 

But his particular brand of simplicity comes at a cost. 

In 2009 and 2010, he bought two apartments in an old Sullivan Street building and held a design competition for the larger of the two, which is now the popularized LifeEdited apartment. The space cost about $300,000, plus an extra $250,000 to $300,000 in renovations

"You have to fill it full of stuff and then you have to light it, heat it, cool it, clean it, maintain it, move it," he said, adding that his intention isn't for Americans to copy his design exactly. 

"We truly believe that this is not only a middle, upper-class type thing. We can absolutely do this on a cheaper basis."

With Hill's permission, we've published a walk-thru of his LifeEdited apartment. 

Here's the floor plan of Hill's apartment. At 420 sq. feet, it could fit inside the average American home about four times.



Here's what the space usually looks like as a bedroom. Hill says it can transform into five different spaces — including a living room, bedroom, dining room, entertainment center and workspace.



This is the view from the opposite angle. Hill said he loves the apartment and it hasn't been very difficult getting used to living in the small space, although he had lived in some other small spaces previously.



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'Russian Banksy' Pasha P183 Dies Aged 29

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pashaA prominent Russian graffiti artist who hid his identity behind the tag Pasha P183 and has been compared to Britain's Banksy has died aged just 29.

The Teatralnoye Delo theatrical production company, which recently commissioned him to create scenery for the musical "Todd," said he died on Monday in Moscow. It gave no further details.

Teatralnoye Delo's spokeswoman Regina Vartsan, who knew the artist, described him as a "sincere and open person of remarkable talent and unique vision."

Like Banksy, and late U.S. artist Keith Haring, Pasha P183 started out painting graffiti in the dead of night, and recalled being detained numerous times by Moscow police.

One of his most famous works was painted on the ground in a snow-covered yard and features a huge pair of glasses, with a lamppost serving as one arm. Another piece showed chocolate bars painted on a panel of concrete, an image he said reflected his abhorrence of the commercialization of art and life.

"I wanted that work to carry the most important message ... that a person mustn't sell himself," he said in a rare interview posted on adme.ru last year. "I made a chocolate bar that can't be bought, using a giant panel of concrete."

He said the work provided a more optimistic ending for a film he made — the original one had the hero jumping out of the window to his death, while the alternative had him landing safely in front of the chocolate bar.

Little was known about the artist, who carefully protected his identity. In the same interview, he described himself as an "anarchist" and spoke with contempt about the "constant run for money" in Moscow.

Many of his street works had political undertones and carried apparent references to a recent wave of massive street protests in Moscow against president Vladimir Putin's rule. One showed a protester lighting a flare and another work had shield-carrying riot police on a subway station's glass doors.

"Put simply, I want to teach people in this country to tell lies from the truth and to tell bad from good," he said in an interview with Russia Today television, wearing a black ski mask that covered most of his face. "This is what our people still cannot do."

Despite all that, he said he did not consider himself a political artist and hated politics just as much as he hated advertising.

The artist has claimed to have had many professions since graduating from a university, working as a computer expert, photographer, cameraman, film director, and even child psychiatrist. He scoffed at comparisons to Banksy, saying they belittled his own style.

Pasha P183's sets for the rock musical "Todd" are currently on display in Moscow.

"It was a colossal work," he wrote on his Facebook page of the production of the scenery. "If I die tomorrow, I can at least feel that I have left something real behind."

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Why Egypt Is Still An Awesome Place To Visit [PHOTOS]

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I'm leaving Cairo today after spending just over a week doing everything I could to understand the city and the people who live here. There's been drama, eye-opening experiences, and more than once when, "Wow," slipped from my lips unexpected.

Yes, the revolution hasn't worked out as well as many hoped — in fact things are pretty bad— but that disappointment lends an atmosphere of community and teamwork like I've seen few places before.

Despite political concerns, the people here miss their tourists desperately. This is Egypt, after all, where pyramids, ancient mosques, and unimaginable lifestyles make for a destination unlike anywhere in the world.

It's beautiful too, as you'll see in a few examples of what I saw here.

Note: Foreigners should be careful when traveling to Egypt and read the State Department travel advisory.

Visit Egypt to see the pyramids



The Sphinx



The quiet



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Google Is Letting Arthur Frommer Keep His Brand Name

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Arthur Frommer has regained the right to publish the guidebooks and run the travel website that bears his name.

The guidebook founder confirmed the return of the name to the Associated Press’ travel editor Beth Harpaz in a phone call late Wednesday night. No price for the naming rights was disclosed.

A Google spokesperson acknowledged the arrangement to Skift: “We’re focused on providing high-quality local information to help people quickly discover and share great places, like a nearby restaurant or the perfect vacation destination. That’s why we’ve spent the last several months integrating the travel content we acquired from Wiley into Google+ Local and our other Google services. We can confirm that we have returned the Frommer’s brand to its founder and are licensing certain travel content to him.”

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In late March Skift broke the news that Google was not going to continue publishing books with the Frommer’s Travel name, and at the end of March only one employee was left manning the controls at the almost silent Frommers.com website. Long-time authors reported receiving the silent treatment or were asked to submit writing tests to see how well they executed the Zagat writing style. In messages to Skift, these authors reported being “annoyed” and “insulted” by the request for writing samples.

When the sale of Frommer’s Travel to Google by Wiley was made public on August 13, Frommer told Skift, “I couldn’t be more delighted. The energy, resources, and talent of the Google team will allow the Frommer’s brand to reach new levels of popularity.”

That excitement turned to disappointment relatively quickly as Google showed early signs that it only wanted the guidebook content and the team that creates and manages it, rather than the brand itself. As early as November, discussions among Frommer, Wiley, and Google were growing contentious. Frommer received payments from Wiley — as he had from Simon & Schuster and IDG Books previously — based upon the sale of products bearing the Frommer’s trademark. If there were no book series and no website there would be no royalties.

The staff behind the website was laid off shortly after the acquisition, along with the people responsible for book production. Still, the website chugged along with minimal maintenance and some new copy until the end of 2012. But the shutdown seemed imminent following silence on the Frommers.com website after the new year and then a lack of new titles in stores starting in mid-February.

With the exception of Frommer’s own blog, the site has not published new material since December 31, and frequent contributors such as consumer advocate Christopher Elliott and cruise expert Matt Hannafin posted farewell notices.

In early March, Zagat’s travel blog began publishing stories more frequently than before. Many of these stories are based on content previously published on Frommers.com.

Google attempted to shift the large forum community at Frommers.com to a new community at Google Plus. The new community has grown to 107 members since its January launch; the existing Frommers.com community was not as large as Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum but it had tens of thousands of active users.

Earlier in December, Google began adding Frommer’s reviews to the Google Plus product without attributing them to the travel guide.

What’s next?

Although Frommer now controls the name, he will need to start from scratch on the content front. Google is already making use of reviews in the Google+ Local product and Zagat.com is running old Frommers.com copy. Google is not specific on the “certain” content it will allow him to use, but it is likely not the tens of thousands of reviews, narrative copy, or images the search giant acquired from Wiley.

Frommer’s daughter Pauline Frommer will likely play a pivotal role in the “new” Frommer’s. She spearheaded a series of well-received, award-winning guidebooks for Wiley that had that misfortune of launching just as the industry was seeing some of its worst days. She has a deep Rolodex and a high profile as a travel industry expert to lean on. Pauline Frommer was involved with the early days of Frommers.com, as well as Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine until shortly after The Washington Post purchased the magazine. Ironically, Budget Travel is currently on the block now having hit rock bottom. While a total family reunion seems far-fetched, the BT sellers are desperate.

But what company will do the traditional book publishing for the Frommers is the big question. There aren’t many publishers that don’t already have a guidebook series or that haven’t turned their back on the game. Wiley is obviously out, and the combined Penguin/Random House group already has a handful with Fodor’s, Rough Guides, and DK, among others.

One standout possibility: Avalon Travel, which publishes the Moon Handbooks and the Rick Steves series. While it’s never been one of the top publishers in the U.S., it did not experience the reverse hockey stick declines of 30-40% in sales that its guide peers have seen since 2006, and is down in sales less than 2% over the same period. It also knows how to manage a travel legend like Frommer, having had a long relationship with Steves, who has turned down offers to leave Avalon for other, bigger outfits.

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Arianna Huffington Bought A SoHo Loft For $8.15 Million

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Arianna Huffington isn't letting rumors that she trashed a $32,000-a-month Chelsea loft stop her from playing the real estate game — the media mogul has set her sights on SoHo instead.

According to The New York Post, Huffington bought a luxury loft on Mercer Street for $8.15 million this past December, for slightly less than its initial $8.495 million asking price.

The Huffington Post founder's new property has three bedrooms, a large master suite, and plenty of natural light throughout.

Welcome to Arianna Huffington's new building on 158 Mercer Street.



The media queen bought the SoHo loft in late December of last year.



The condo has 4,177 square feet of space, and gets plenty of light from the massive windows.



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Mercedes-Benz Says This Sleek Ride Will Win Over Crucial Young Buyers

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The 2013 New York International Auto Show is now open to the public, and some of the best new cars on display are luxury sedans.

Among them are two new offerings from Mercedes-Benz: The 2014 CLA-Class debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and is the luxury automaker's bid to open the brand to young drivers, with a starting price below $30,000.

And for those with a bit more cash and taste for power, there's the brand new CLA45-AMG, which will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

 

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A Brooklyn Neighborhood Is Feeling The 'Girls' Effect

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Greenpoint has received a lot of attention lately for its role as the setting for the HBO mega-hit-series “Girls.”

That exposure, brokers say, has boosted the neighborhood’s rental market.

“We get more and more calls there for rentals every day,” said David Behin of the brokerage MNS.

And while the twenty-something crowd at Grumpy’s Café — the Meserole Avenue hangout featured on the show — probably can’t afford to buy real estate, the Greenpoint residential sales market is also seeing an uptick.

Sometimes referred to as “Little Poland” due to its large population of Polish immigrants, Greenpoint’s housing stock is composed mostly of low-rise brownstones and attached single-family houses. The area has virtually no co-ops, noted Jonathan Miller, CEO of appraisal firm Miller Samuel.

Along with Williamsburg, the Greenpoint waterfront was rezoned in 2005 from industrial to mixed-use, but the downturn halted much of the planned residential development there. Now that the economy is improving, however, a slew of new residential buildings are popping up, including two massive rental projects: Park Tower Group’s 5,000-unit Greenpoint Landing and a 210-unit project by the Domain Companies. The two are the first large-scale residential projects in Greenpoint since the rezoning.

Plans for two other large residential developments — one by the Chetrit Group and another by Red Sky Capital — have not been made public, and neither developer returned calls for comment.

The neighborhood also has nearly a dozen boutique condo buildings on the market or in the works. And the units in those projects are selling quickly amid high demand and low inventory, said David Maundrell, president of the brokerage aptsandlofts.com, which is marketing several new buildings in the neighborhood, including 145 McGuinness Boulevard, 287-299 McGuinness Boulevard, 141 Dupont Street and 98 Clay Street.

Prices are on the rise, too.

The average price per square foot for a Greenpoint condo was $739 in the fourth quarter of 2012, jumping 22.2 percent from $605 per square foot in the same quarter of 2011, according to data from Miller Samuel. The average condo sales price, meanwhile, grew slightly to $610,048 in the fourth quarter, up from $601,070 in the same period of the previous year.

Meanwhile, rents in existing buildings are skyrocketing, brokers said.

Bram Lefevere, vice president with brokerage Miron Properties, estimated that Greenpoint rents increased by more than 30 percent in 2012, and said he expects a similar increase in 2013.

“A decent two-bedroom two years ago rented for $1,900,” Lefevere said. “Last year, it went up to $2,400, and this year it’s going to be $2,800.”

Still, Greenpoint’s lack of subway access will likely limit price growth.

It currently takes two subways or a ferry to get to Manhattan, and many area residents walk over the Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City to catch the 7 subway line, Behin said.

The city is looking into adding stops to the G line, but for now, “Greenpoint is getting rents of $45 to $50 a foot, and I think landlords would get 20 to 25 percent more if you had better transportation,” Behin said.

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The World's Tallest Buildings Opened 40 Years Ago Today [PHOTOS]

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40 years ago today in 1973, the World Trade Center officially opened for business.

The Twin Towers quickly became an iconic part of New York's skyline, and were featured in countless movies, pictures, and TV shows. They briefly held the title of world's tallest buildings until the Sears Tower in Chicago opened in 1974.

We found some amazing photos from throughout the WTC's history — take a look below.

Groundbreaking for the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966.

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Some of the buildings' innovations included the high-speed elevators and sky lobbies. They were the tallest buildings in the world at the time, measuring 1,368 and 1,362 feet and 110 stories each.

World Trade Center construction 1970

The Towers were completed on April 4, 1973. Major tenants included Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and the New York Stock Exchange.

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Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walked across a tightrope suspended between the Twin Towers in 1974.

World Trade Center Philippe Petit 1974

George Willig (left) scaled one of the towers in 1977. Daniel Goodwin (right) followed suit in 1983.

World Trade Center Climbers

On February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed by terrorists with a van loaded with 1,500 pounds of explosives.

World Trade Center Bombing 1993

Terrorists attacked the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, taking down both buildings. The image of the towers burning and collapsing is now an indelible image on the American psyche.

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Four years later on September 6, 2005, construction on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub began.

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One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower) is scheduled for completion in Fall of this year. It will be one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.

Freedom Tower World Trade Center 2013

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Lottery Winner Blew Through $10M in Fewer Than 10 Years

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lottery, mega millions, lotto With a $338 million Powerball ticket having been sold in New Jersey -- the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history -- it's a good time to remember that the sudden gains of a lottery windfall can be fleeting.

Imagine, for instance, winning $10 million and having almost none of it left less than a decade later.

It happened to Sharon Tirabassi, a 35 year-old resident of Hamilton, Ontario. Nine years ago, The Hamilton Spectator reports, Tirabassi cashed a check from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for $10,569,00.10 (Canadian). Today, after spending almost all her winnings -- "big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties exotic trips, handouts to family, loans to friends" -- she's back in the working class: riding the bus, working part-time, living in a rented house.

What remains of her windfall is in trust for her six children; the money will become available when they turn 26.

"The moment I got it, I divided it among my family," Tirabassi told The Spec: $1 million to her parents, and $1.75 million among her four siblings. She was generous with others, too, buying houses and renting them out at low rates, paying people's rent, offering loans for bail and business ventures.

"All of that other stuff was fun in the beginning, now it's like ... back to life."

That other stuff included vacations in Cancun, Florida, Las Vegas, California, and the Caribbean, as well as four cars: a Hummer, a Mustang, a Dodge Charger and a custom Cadillac Escalade.

Tirabassi was a single mother, recently off welfare and newly employed as a personal care provider, when she struck it rich on Easter Weekend in 2004. As a teenager, she had lived in shelters, and all that money didn't come with instructions. Tirabassi didn't hire a financial adviser; she didn't even keep close track of her account balance. Suddenly, with just $750,000 left, Tirabassi woke up: "that was just time for fun to stop and to just go back to life."

Tirabassi's husband, Vinny, who brought three kids of his own to the marriage, shares her stoicism about the couple's lost fortune. He says he lived simply his whole life and is used to not being rich. Recalling the post-winning entreaties of suddenly interested friends, some of whom came asking for favors and then disappeared, Vinny says, "Money doesn't buy you happiness. It caused her a lot of headaches." His wife had a hard time saying no to those she thought of as in need: "That's the way I was brought up," she says. "Help those who can't help themselves."

For the complete story of the couple's financial descent, head over to The Spec.com, and check out the paper's 2007 interview with Tirabassi, when she had already spent half of her winnings.

Tirabassi's experience stands in contrast to that of Sandra Hayes, who pocketed around $6 million when she and a dozen coworkers split a $224 million Powerball jackpot in 2006. (Watch Hayes tell her story in the video below.)

Like Tirabassi, Hayes went on a spending spree -- including a boat, an Escalade and a Mercedes -- but she also paid off her mortgage and student loans, and was leery about handouts to friends and relatives. Today, Hayes lives comfortably but not extravagantly.

"I love a good deal, I'm on a budget, I save my money," she says. "I try not to live above my means." Her warning to the newly rich: "If you're not disciplined, you'll go broke. I don't care how much money you have."

Hayes sounds as though she might have taken lessons from Six Tips on How to Avoid Squandering a Financial Windfall. For more advice, check out these Powerball winners' lessons on how to hang on to your cash, whether you're a millionaire or just trying to make ends meet.

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This New Digital Camera Is Perfect For Nostalgic Polaroid Lovers

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This is the 14 MP Digital Polaroid Camera from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Why We Love It: If you were one of the thousands upset by the end of Polaroid back in 2008 (and excited about its potential collaboration with Fotobar), then get excited for Hammacher Schlemmer's latest digital Polaroid camera.

Developed by Polaroid, the new camera can shoot and print photos by itself in less than a minute. You can even crop and view the pictures before printing on the LCD screen.

The snapshots are the same 3'' by 4'' pictures we know and love, which are smudge- and tear-proof, and fade- and water-resistant. The camera has a 4x zoom, shoots video with audio, and saves files to an SD memory card.

Polaroid digital camera

Where To Buy: Available through Hammacher Schlemmer.

Cost: $299.95.

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Beauty Editor Cat Marnell Reportedly Got $500,000 For A Tell-All About Her Drug-Fueled Past

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Cat Marnell — the infamous beauty editor who's just as well-known for her writing as she is for her drug habit — has sold her book proposal "How To Murder Your Life" for a reported $500,000, according to Forbes.

The memoir was reportedly picked up by Simon & Schuster, and details the adventurous life of the 30-year-old self-described "pill-head" and coke addict.

BuzzFeed's writer Amy Rose Spiegel got her hands on the complete 35-page proposal that was shopped around by Marnell's literary agent, and the excerpts reveal an early addiction to Adderall fueled by her psychiatrist father and nights spent partying with her graffiti writer clique throughout her 20s:

In 2002, crucially, I met the gang of friends/f*** buddies who remain my closest crew to this day: uptown kids from Dwight, Dalton, York Prep, Trinity — native New Yorkers turned derel graffiti writers (which they still are) who taught me the New York streets and escalated my drug use and glamour partying (it was glamorous, okay?) to heights I'd never dreamt of before.

"I will write a New York Times #1 Bestseller," Marnell sums up at the end of the proposal. "Swag!"

None of this information is necessarily new about Marnell, who had previously given an extremely candid interview to New York Magazine's The Cut after her public exit from the blog xoJane.

Marnell has also openly written about her drug-addled life in the past for both xoJane and Vice, as well as worked at Condé Nast's Lucky, SELF, and Glamour.

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The Breathtaking Estate Where The Producer Of 'Arbitrage' Grew Up Is On Sale For $39 Million

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This is not a bad place to grow up people.

The 5 acre estate that was home to financial thriller 'Arbitrage' producer Kevin Turen is on sale for $39 million, the WSJ reports. He was also married on the grounds.

The home is known as the 'Gloria Crest Estate' and was built for Polish Count Stefan Ponyatovsky. Turen's parents are selling the property because they want to buy a townhouse in NYC.

It's hard to imagine why. This gorgeous 8 bedroom house is unbelievably ornate, and comes with  an in-home movie theater, pool, library, fountain... we could go on.

Dennis McCormack of Sotheby's has the listing.







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Pork Chops Are Getting A New Name That's Inspired By Steak

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The next time you see "porterhouse" on a menu, it might not be beef you're ordering — it could be pork.

According to NPR's The Salt, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Pork Board are unifying the names of meat cuts in an effort to boost the struggling pork industry.

The new names will features a cut identifier (i.e. Sirloin Tip, T-bone, Tenderloin, or Porterhouse) and a cut form (Steak, Roast, Chop, or Filet), while the labels in-store will specify the type of meat, bone state (bone in or boneless), and the best way to cook it.

"Names have the unique ability to forge an identity," Pork Retail explains on its website to vendors. "And you are about to discover the power of a name to re-define pork’s image in the meat case, just in time for grilling season."

The effort to change the names are an industry-wide effort know as the Uniform Retail Meat Identity Standards Program that since 1973 has been standardizing what different cuts of meat are called commercially.

The new pork monikers have been in the works since 2011 when the pork industry found focus groups were confused by what the difference was between the types of pork chops.

The change is not mandatory, but merely a suggestion for retailers and packers to increase sales. The Uniform Retail Meat Identity Standards Program expects to see the new names in stores as soon as this summer.

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A Group Of Manhattan Guys Made A Web Series Parody Of 'Girls' Called 'Bros'

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WILLIAMSBURG — After a marathon viewing session of "Girls" last year, Anthony DiMieri realized just what he could bring to sitcom-land that was missing: the Manhattan-centric, male version of the popular HBO show.

So he wrote his own version, called "Bros."

"They're the same age, the same basic socioeconomic demographic," said DiMieri, 24, of the stars of his new web series compared to the "Girls" cast. "They all probably went to college together, except these guys were in a frat doing keg stands and the girls hung out at the coffee shop and read poetry." 

DiMieri's four 20-something male protagonists — who have so far only existed through one episode, launched this week on YouTube— are designed to be outrageous variations of the sporty, preppy "bro cultural archetype," just as "Girls" speaks to the hipster demographic, DiMieri said.

"There's a stigma to being a 'bro' probably equal to the stigma around hipsters," he said. "And I wanted to do the bro-hipster clash."

That "clash" quickly appears in the pilot episode of "Bros," in which the leader of the pack, Drew, gets decked out in purple and ventures to Bedford Avenue from the East Village in a quest to hook up with a hipster girl.

"It's Brooklyn, it's different over there," he says when his friends doubt his chances.

After he and a flannel-shirted female burst through the door of his Manhattan apartment voraciously making out, the other three guys hop on the L train as well on the hunt for Williamsburg women.

As ridiculous as the characters appear, DiMieri said each one is relatable in his own way as "four different bro archetypes" that will develop more if the show finds funding to continue.

"Drew's the Alpha bro, nonchalantly bringing girls home all the time and doesn't have to try...I have a doctor friend like this; the rumor is he'll walk into a bar and the girls will just gravitate toward him," DiMieri laughed. "Tyler is a bully, a jerk, but deep down he wants someone to love so he can show his soft side. Mike is the one in relationships."

The fourth character, John, would likely be the guy "chasing after a girl that’s his really good friend and missing signals from her," DiMieri said of the show's potential future episodes. "This is something people will relate to — me personally very much."

DiMieri, a Fordham University graduate who makes a living doing freelance video production, did not identify as being a "bro" or a "hipster" himself, but the upstate native said his personal experiences have directly inspired the show's narrative.

"I used to live with three girls in a four-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, and I'd come home from work and there'd be a glass of white wine waiting for me and 'Glee' would be on TV," he said of the popular show. "I'd count all the time I lived there as research."

Now, after living on the Lower East Side and seeing "packs of bros" all the time "going out on hunts for girls," DiMieri said he got his first taste of satisfaction that all the work had paid off — when "Girls" started following him on Twitter this week.

"It was a big deal for me...they only follow like 600 people," he boasted. "I think I'll really make it when Lena Dunham gives me a call and wants to talk about 'Girls' and 'Bros.'"

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New York City Wants To Build Even More 'Micro Apartments'

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The city will be putting out more requests for proposals for micro-apartment sites, the New York Observer reported.

“We are considering RFPs for two or three micro-unit developments later this year,” a Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokesman told The Observer after a lunch hosted by the Citizens Housing Planning Council Thursday.

“We’re in the process of vetting a number of city-owned sites, and RFP guidelines will be tailored to the chosen sites.” 

The announcement comes a few months after Monadnock Development, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and nARCHITECTS won the city’s adAPT NYC contest and were selected to build micro-apartments at a city-owned site in Kips Bay.

The 10-story complex, located at 335 East 27th Street, will feature 55 apartments – 40 percent of them affordable — ranging in size from 250 to 370 square feet.

Real estate insiders have been asking whether developing micro-apartments is financially feasible, as The Real Deal previously reported. [NYO]

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