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OpenTable is giving away free dinners at America's best restaurants

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OpenTable is giving foodies the chance to dine at some of the most prestigious restaurants in the country, minus the steep price tag. 

The giveaway, called "100 Open Tables," includes meals at 100 restaurants in 23 different cities across the U.S. and Canada. 

Some of the restaurants — like Daniel and Jean-Georges in New York, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, and Flour + Water in San Francisco — have earned Michelin stars and other awards, and they're notoriously hard to get into. 

The campaign comes as part of OpenTable's recent rebranding, which is transitioning the company away from a reservation service to one focused on the entire dining experience. The company just unveiled a mobile payments option and a completely redesigned site. 

The 100 giveaways are truly unique experiences, from a spring feast for 10 at Rotiserrie Georgette to a five-course tasting menu and tour of the kitchen at Eleven Madison Park. At Daniel, a group of four can dine in the chef's private skybox, located above the kitchen. At Stones Throw in San Francisco, each of the six courses will be paired with a unique craft beer. 

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To enter the contest, visit OpenTable's web site and share the invite on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. You can enter to win meals at as many restaurants as you want. 

All dinners will take place on April 9. 

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SoulCycle is reportedly thinking about doing an IPO

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New York-based fitness company SoulCycle is getting ready for an IPO, Reuters is reporting

SoulCycle, which was founded in 2006 by Elisabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, has high-end gym Equinox Holdings as its majority owner, according to the report. It doesn't look like Equinox would be part of the offering. But the Reuters report says Equinox revenue was around $820 million for the 12 months ending last September.

From the Reuters story: 

The review has been prompted by SoulCycle's founders, who sold a majority stake in the chain to gym chain Equinox Holdings Inc in 2011 and are now evaluating ways to sell their remaining stake, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private.

The report emphasized that no final determination has been made — although, SoulCycle is already working with Goldman Sachs.

The company has locations in California and throughout the North- and Mid-Atlantic posted at its website, and plans to launch dozens more in the coming year, according to Reuters.

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Business Insider is hiring a commerce editor

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amazon shipping boxesBusiness Insider is growing its e-commerce team, and we're looking for an editor with a passion for finding the best deals and products and an ability to share his or her excitement with readers in clear, compelling copy.

The ideal candidate is a conversational writer with at least a year of editorial experience who's confident and careful when reviewing products, and can describe the pros and cons of any given item with conviction.

Commerce content includes everything from awesome deals on must-have products to unique items and gadgets that are new to market. These are the things you’d want to tell your friends about. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own coverage areas, as well as build an editorial calendar to support major retail events (think Cyber Monday).

Business Insider generates revenue when readers buy products through our site. You’ll be coming on board to help us build out this program, and along the way, be part of a new enterprise focused on adding value for readers. The program debuted in 2014 to great success, selling tens of thousands of products ranging from drones to clothes.

If you have experience in product journalism and are passionate about covering deals, gadgets, style sales, e-commerce sites and more, this is your dream job. Join our e-commerce team and help build an exciting new coverage area. 

Responsibilities:

  • Write deal round-ups and make product recommendations, following the Business Insider voice and style guide
  • Research clothes, grooming products, accessories, household items, gadgets, and other things that are worth readers' time and money
  • Source exclusive deals from retailers with the help of our business team
  • Take feedback from readers to improve existing recommendations and generate new ideas
  • Promote your stories on social networks
  • Track your posts in affiliate analytics

Qualifications:

  • Editing experience and a desire to find the best deals and products around the web
  • An understanding of Business Insider’s audience and writing style
  • A huge interest in shopping for great products, finding good deals, and taking advantage of coupon codes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Google Drive and Analytics
  • Flawless grammar, spelling, and usage
  • Basic understanding of Photoshop and HTML (more than basic is a plus)

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Former Texas Rangers owner lists his 25-acre estate in Dallas with 35,000 square feet and a helipad for $100 million

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The 25-acre estate of businessman and former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks in Dallas, Texas has hit the market for $100 million.

First spotted on the Wall Street Journal, the property known as the Hicks Estate is in Dallas' prestigious Preston Hollow neighborhood and combined has a total of 35,000 square feet.

In addition to the main four-story mansion, the estate has a two-story guest house, three-story pool house, and caretaker's home.

There's also a country club-sized pool, formal gardens, a helipad, tennis courts, a gym, panic room, movie theater, and 500-bottle wine storing room.

“This is the first time that the Hicks estate has been offered publicly through national real estate listing networks and marketed actively,” listing agent Allie Beth Allman, who sold the estate to Tom and Cinda Hicks in 1997, said in a press release for the home. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a new buyer — only the third owner in 77 years — to acquire this magnificent property.”

The Hicks Estate was originally listed for $135 million back in 2013, but was unable to find a buyer. The home, which was built in 1938, has been completely renovated and expanded for the new owners.

According to Allman, Hicks and his wife are selling the estate now that their children have moved out. The couple are hoping to travel more and pursue other interests.

Welcome to the Hicks Estate in Dallas, Texas. The home is in the neighborhood of Preston Hollow and it features a main house, two-story guest house, recreation complex, three-story pool house, and even a caretaker's house.



The property is massive with a total of 25 acres and 35,000 square feet. It was built in 1938 and completely renovated in 2000.



This is the entry hall of the main mansion. The home is extremely safe with a panic button by every door and in every bathroom, a panic room in the basement, 31 security cameras, and a walk-in safe.



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Here are the tallest buildings throughout history

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Defying gravity by building toward the sky is no easy, or inexpensive, feat. 

Designer Martin Vargic of Halcyon Maps has made the six graphics below, documenting the rise of the tallest buildings throughout history. All black silhouetted buildings have held the record for that continent's tallest, while red silhouetted buildings have also held the record of world's tallest. The gray silhouetted structures are notable towers and monuments and are included just for context.  

Check out the graphics below:

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One of these stunning images will win Sony's Mobile Phone Award

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For the first time ever, a prize for the best photo taken with a mobile phone will be given at the Sony World Photography Awards

The panel received 10,293 entries from amateur and professional photographers all over the world. Believe it or not, all of these images were taken with a cell phone. 

20 photos have been selected for the shortlist. Anyone can vote by visiting the World Photography Organisation's web site and "liking" their favorite photo. Voting closes March 17.

The winner will be announced at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on April 23, along with the winners in other categories

A bridge disappears into the fog in this photo by Helen Whelton of the UK.



A sailor hits an obstacle in this photo by Carla Vermeend of the Netherlands.



Craig Atkinson's photo shows two young ones at a wedding at Tatton Park, a historic estate in the U.K.



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Meet the Australian Instagram fitness queen who's about to take America by storm

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She's only 23, but Kayla Itsines has already become a household name in the Australian fitness community. Now, she's about to make it big in the U.S..

The personal trainer and health guru has amassed over 2.3 million followers on Instagram where she posts workout moves, recipes, fitness tips, and inspirational messages.

But unlike competing fit-stagrammers who have built their audiences by posting selfies of their seemingly unattainable bodies, Itsines is all about accessibility. Her message is that anyone can lead a healthier lifestyle and through social media and her online fitness guides, she wants to help them take the first step.

She's now on an unofficial global fitness world tour that will be culminate in a trip to America this spring.

Kayla Itsines is 23 and from Adelaide, Australia.

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According to her website, Kayla's journey began in 2008, when she started a personal training course at the Australian Institute of Fitness.

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After graduation she took a job at a “women’s only” personal training center. However, she soon realized that the methods being taught failed to help clients achieve the look and confidence they desired.

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Charge two devices at once with the electric blue Power Vault [72% off]

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chargerImagine a portable charger that's no bigger than an old iPod nano.

Well, great news: it exists.

The Power Vault portable battery pack is lightweight, compact, and comes in an eye-catching electric blue color.

It can charge two gadgets simultaneously. So if you're someone who always needs both their smartphone and tablet on hand, this is the mini gadget for you.

Power Vault: 18000mAh portable battery pack:$109.00$29.99 [72% off]

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Here's why everyone is suddenly obsessed with a rubber boot that's been around since 1911

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You probably noticed a lot brown and tan rubber-bottomed foul weather shoes this season.

Most likely, it's L.L. Bean's Bean Boot, which has undergone a popularity spike.

But they're not trendy on purpose.

In fact, the boot has been in production — largely unmodified apart from slight changes for new technology — for more than 100 years. Their popularity has waxed and waned during this time, but they've always endured. They're the unofficial mascot of L.L. Bean.

But now, they're really thriving.

"They’re all over college campuses and high schools,”  L.L. Bean spokesperson Carolyn Beem told Boston.com. “Without changing anything, they’re back in style.”

In fact, the boots are so popular they sell out every winter. In December, Boston.com reported that between 60,000 and 100,000 pairs were backordered.

"The number of boots we have sold over has grown steadily over the last several years," LL Bean spokesperson Mac McKeever told Business Insider. "Especially the last three years."

Bean sold approximately 450,000 boots this past winter — which is a new seasonal record. 

Why are the 100-year old boots so popular now? A few reasons.

  • "Legacy" products are incredibly trendy now. Consumers, especially millennial consumers can connect to with history and a bulletproof track record — both of which the Bean Boot has in spades. L.L. Bean's founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, started selling his Maine Hunting Shoe back in 1911 — which is where the Bean Boot comes from.
  • Their slightly goofy aesthetic is back in style. The "normcore" Americana sensibility the boots give off, along with the aforementioned legacy, are both very "in" right now among a lot of demographics — especially young urbanites.
  • The boots are an incredible value. The base model is only $79, and comes with LL Bean's unconditional satisfaction guarantee. Bean even lets you decide if you're satisfied, so you can bring back your boot any time you want for virtually any reason — no questions asked.
  • Speaking of bulletproof, that's exactly what Bean Boots are. They're well-known to be completely flawless from a functionality perspective. They are truly "buy it for life," and many owners see the boots perform for decades without replacement.

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Both how the boots are made and how they look has been essentially unchanged since they were first introduced as the Maine Hunting Shoe. Bean was an avid outdoorsman, and he designed the boot for fly fishing, hunting, etc. Most boots were all leather in the earliest model, but Bean had the idea to sew a rubber bottom to a leather top, for a dry, comfortable foot.

Apart from a few technological improvements, they're still made the same way they were 100 years ago: hand-stitched in Maine. According to McKeever, it can take several months to train someone to operate the old-fashioned stitching machines.

Since demand for Bean Boots has taken off, the company has purchased another rubber molding machine for about $1 million and added another shift at their boot factory in Lewiston, Maine — which is now running almost 24/7 — to try and meet demand.

As of March 11, however,  the boots are still on back order until late spring or summer. If you go to the L.L. Bean website to place an order, this message greets you:

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Our advice: order the boots now if you want a pair for next winter.

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Armchair travelers can now explore Mount Everest on Google Street View

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Google Maps announced in a blog post Thursday that it has officially made it to Mount Everest.

Google has teamed up with Ava Sherpa, a Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of the world’s most famous mountain a record 21 times as well as nonprofit Story Cycle to bring the rest of the world digitally to the Khumbu region in Google Maps.

The pictures don’t take armchair travelers to the top of the mountain —yet — but around the region and communities at the base of the mountain, such as the Phortse, Khumjung, Thame, Lukla, and the Namche Bazaar.

Google Maps mount everest“In the shadow of Mt. Everest lies a group of sacred valleys known as the Khumbu,” the landing page on Google Maps reads. “For centuries this remote mountainous region has been the homeland of the Sherpa people. Discover the hidden treasures along the trail and off the beaten path.”

Google takes you to each village and lets viewers explore medical centers, churches, see the “yak parking lot,” and even meet the people who live there including Kancha Sherpa, the last living survivor of the first expedition to summit Mt. Everest.

Google Maps mount everest Kancha SherpaOur region is famous for being home to Everest, but it’s also the home of the Sherpa community and has been for centuries,” Ava Sherpa, who also has started the Ava Sherpa Foundation, a nonprofit that works to give more opportunities to the children in Khumbu, said in his Google blog post. “The region has much more to offer than just the mountain. So last year, I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community.” 

The goal of the project is for the world to have a better understanding of the rich history of Khumbu and its people.

Keep reading to see more of the communities that live around Mount Everest below.

Phortse is a farming village roughly 12,600 feet above sea level. It has a lodge, library, church, and health clinic.

Phortse everest google mapsPhortse everest google mapsPhortse everest google mapsKhumjung is a village as well as a world heritage site and that over 13,000 feet above sea level. It has the internet as well as mobile and landline phones.

Khumjung google maps mount everestKhumjung google maps mount everestKhumjung google maps mount everestThame is a small village that is the home of Ava Sherpa and many other famous Sherpa mountaineers. It’s monastery is one of the oldest in the region.

Thame mount everest google mapsThame mount everest google mapsThame mount everest google mapsLukla is one of the lower villages at 9,400 feet above sea level. It has a small airport, as well as shops and hotels that are frequented by tourists attempting to climb the mountain and visit the region.

lukla restaurant mount everest google Mapslukla airport mount everest google Mapslukla bakery mount everest google MapsNamche Bazaar is a village that is perched at over 11,000 feet above sea level on the sides of a hill. It’s the main tourist hub of the region, and has a police check, post office, and a bank.

namche-bazaar mount everest google mapsnamche-bazaar mount everest google mapsnamche-bazaar mount everest google mapsBelow is a video of the Khumbu region and gorgeous views of Everest.

And you can trek the mountain yourself and see even more pictures on the Google Maps page here. 

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If you thought Apple fanboys were obsessed, beware the power of the sneakerheads

Become an Irish whiskey connoisseur just in time for St. Patrick's Day

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Class up St. Patrick's Day this year with some Irish Whiskey.

Flaviar brings you a tasting kit with the top-shelf stuff just in time for the booze-filled holiday.

You'll be able to learn how to taste the beverage properly — without breaking the bank.

The tasting pack includes:

  • Greenore 8-year-old
  • Redbreast 15-year-old
  • Bushmills 16-year-old
  • Jameson 18-year-old limited reserve
  • Connemara Peated

Bonus: Business Insider readers can use the custom code INSIDER for an extra $5 off.

Flaviar whiskey tasting pack: $51.99

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This wonderful question about surprise embodies late author Terry Pratchett's genius

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Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett died Thursday after a battle with Alzheimer's — which he liked to call not a disease, but "The Embuggerance."

Pratchett set his poignant satires in a whimsical land known as "Discworld," a flat planet resting on the backs of four giant elephants, which, in turn, stood on the back of a giant turtle, floating through the universe. 

In my favorite of his solo novels, "Thief of Time," the auditors of the universe, growing increasingly exasperated with the silly behaviors of humans, decide to imprison Time (the person), which will freeze time (the concept).

At one point, Pratchett reveals the backstory of Time's husband, Wen the Eternally Surprised, the founder of a group of characters known as the History Monks.

When people first hear of Wen, they usually ask a question. Pratchett's answer taught me a crucial lesson about life and reveals his greatness as an author and simply a person.

From "Thief of Time:"

"The first question they ask is: 'Why was he eternally surprised?'

And they are told: 'Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew. Therefore, he understood, there is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink our eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of mind is surprise. The only state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.'

Even Wen's name is a genius pun. In Mandarin, the character "Wen" combines with others to mean different variations of the word "culture." In English, however, his name sounds like "when" — a word Pratchett cleverly pairs with "eternally surprised."

Rest in peace, Sir Pratchett. Your humor, creativity, and wisdom will be greatly missed. 

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9 facts about relationships you need to know before getting married

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Although fewer young people are getting married today than ever before, research suggests that getting and staying married is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

As the New York Times recently concluded, "being married makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who remain single — particularly during the most stressful periods, like midlife crises."

If you wait until you're 23 to commit, you're less likely to get divorced.

A 2014 University of Pennsylvania study found that Americans who cohabitate or get married at age 18 have a 60% divorce rate. 

But people who waited until 23 to make either of those commitments had a divorce rate around 30%.

"All of the literature explained that the reason people who married younger were more likely to divorce was because they were not mature enough to pick appropriate partners," the Atlantic reports.



The 'in love' phase lasts about a year.

The honeymoon phase with its "high levels of passionate love" and "intense feelings of attraction and ecstasy, as well as an idealization of one's partner," doesn't last forever. 

According to a 2005 study by the University of Pavia in Italy, it lasts about a year. 



Eventually you realize that you're not one person.

Once you start living together, you realize that you have different priorities and tolerances — like, for instance, what does or doesn't consitute a mess. 

"People have to come to terms with the reality that 'we really are different people,'" says couples therapist Ellyn Bader. "'You are different from who I thought you were or wanted you to be. We have different ideas, different feelings, different interests.'"

It's a stressful — and necessary — evolution



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9 scientifically verified ways to appear more attractive

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Attraction relies on much more than your physical appearance. 

It's in the way you carry yourself, the people you hang out with, and how you talk to people — plus a whole lot more.

Be funny.

Multiplestudiesindicate that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh. 

In one study, a psychologist asked men to tell a joke to their friends at a bar while a woman sat at a nearby table — and the guys who told jokes were three times as likely to get her number as the people who didn't.

"The effect of a great sense of humor on women's attractions might be partially explained by the fact that funny people are considered to be more social and more intelligent, things that women seek in a mate," anthropologist Gil Greengross writes.



Surround yourself with friends.

A 2014 study from the University of California at San Diego found that people looked better when they were in a group. 

It's because our brains take the faces of a group of people in aggregate, making each face look more "average" — and attractive — as a result. 

"Having a few wingmen or wingwomen may indeed be a good dating strategy, particularly if their facial features complement and average out one's unattractive idiosyncrasies," authors Drew Walker and Edward Vul write.



Skip the small talk.

In a 1997 studyState University of New York psychologist Arthur Aron separated two groups of people and paired them off, giving each duo 45 minutes to answer a set of questions. 

One question set was small talk, and the other was increasingly probing. The people who asked deeper questions felt more connected — and one couple fell in love.

According to Harvard research, talking about yourself stimulates the same brain regions as sex or a good meal. 

"Activation of this system when discussing the self suggests that self-disclosure ... may be inherently pleasurable," Scientific American reports



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The fabulous life of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, the youngest billionaire in the world

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Life is good for Evan Spiegel.

Snapchat is reportedly about to receive a $200 million investment from ecommerce giant Alibaba. It's also in the process of raising another round of funding that would place their valuation at $19 billion.

And with a net worth of $1.5 billion, the 24-year-old CEO is officially the youngest billionaire in the world, according to Forbes.

Spiegel lives a charmed life — and he knows it.

"I am a young, white, educated male," he once said at a conference. "I got really, really lucky. And life isn't fair."

We've pulled the highlights from profiles by LA Weekly, Business Insider, and more.

Spiegel grew up in the Pacific Palisades, a ritzy Los Angeles enclave just east of Malibu. He was the oldest son of two lawyers, though his parents divorced when he was in high school.



When Spiegel turned 16 and got his driver's license, he was given a 2006 Cadillac Escalade, which he parked in the gated Southern California Edison parking lot next to his school. Spiegel's father represented Edison during the energy crisis.



The high schooler wanted a more fuel-efficient car since he found himself driving in the city fairly often. In a letter from 2008, Spiegel asked his parents to lease him a BMW 550i, which retails for about $75,000. "Cars bring me sheer joy," he wrote. "I would really appreciate you validating me and all of my hard work by leasing the BMW."



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Twitter account shames restaurants that think they're too fancy for plates

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A trend is sweeping the nation, fundamentally changing the American dining experience.

You may have noticed it the last time you went out for dinner in a place with exposed brick and filament lighting: food served on something that isn't a plate.

A veggie plate on a slate slab, french fries in a mini shopping cart, and toast on a cutting board. We've all been there. It's supposed to be cute, but it's just annoying. When will the madness end?

Thankfully, Twitter feed We Want Plates is fighting the good fight, railing against the ridiculousness that has overtaken modern dining.

It starts innocently enough. A plate of veggies served on slate. Slate plates should really only be reserved for cheese plates, but we'll let it slide.

But we quickly get ahead of ourselves, with a burger served on a cutting board — and matching mini frying basket for the fries.

And that just takes us down the rabbit hole, where we have beef curry in a toilet bowl.

 

Toast on a log.

A fry-up on a shovel.

And chicken in a basket.

 Check out the rest of the ridiculous "dishwear" on the Twitter account. 

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Amazing photos capture the secret abandoned parts of New York City

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New York City is a historic place, and like any historic place it has its secrets. Photographer Will Ellis know this better than most.

Ellis is an urban explorer, one of many who seek out and investigate abandoned and usually off-limits buildings and structures.

Often these places exist right in our everyday environments without us even knowing they're there.

He's been photographing abandoned spaces in and around New York City for years, documenting these hidden artifacts of bygone times.

His work has been compiled into a book, which is available for purchase here.

Ellis shared some exclusive images with us and talked about his experiences exploring New York's most intriguing hidden ruins.

Ellis says he first discovered the thrill of urban exploration when he entered an abandoned building in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook on a whim. "What stuck with me was that sense of discovery and adventure," he tells Business Insider.



"For the next few weeks and months I was heading out to new locations every chance I got," he says.



At first, Ellis says, he was interested about the visual aspect of the buildings and explored in order to get great photographs. Soon, though, he starting wondering about the history and stories behind the structures he was shooting, so he began to do research.



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