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The Hamptons estate of a late hedge funder just sold for $27 million


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A Hamptons home that belonged to the same family for more than 30 years has finally sold after more than a year on the market, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Dating back to 1904, this Water Mill mansion previously belonged to Jack Nash, the co-founder of the hedge fund Odyssey Partners.

Nash died in 2008, and his wife, Helen, had put the house on the market with Corcoran and Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Though realtors had originally hoped to get $38.5 million for the home, it finally sold for $27 million — a 30% reduction.

The home sits on Mecox Bay and includes panoramic ocean views and even a livable water tower.

Alyson Penn wrote an earlier version of this story. 

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This expansive, waterfront Hamptons property belonged to the Nash family for 30 years.

The compound sits on six acres and has 500 feet of land fronting Mecox Bay.

The property is said to have stunning Linden maple and dogwood trees.

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Starbucks' smaller competitor is buying up some of the biggest names in coffee


Peet'sPeet's Coffee and Tea is on a buying spree.

On Friday, Peet's announced it will acquire a majority stake in Chicago-based roaster, Intelligentsia Coffee, according to Eater.

This is the second time in one month that Peet's bought a stake in a small coffee chain. It also acquired a stake in Portland-based Stumptown Coffee in early October.

Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Peet's has been expanding rapidly over the past few years.

After opening its first locations on the West Coast — like the other coffee giant, Starbucks — Peet's now has coffee shops in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC.

Peet’s says it will let Intelligentsia and Peet's continue to operate independently.

Stumptown is most commonly known for its ready-to-drink cold brew. Peet's will keep Stumptown as a separate brand and will retail the brand's name across its cafes, wholesale, and grocery channels.

As for Intelligentsia, the coffee shop has a total of 10 locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. It boasts its acute observance of the farming, roasting and cooling process of its coffee — offering a detailed description on its website

IntelligentsiaIntelligentsia’s co-founders are also planning to stay actively involved in the business.

Peet's Coffee & Tea CEO Dave Burwick, made this strategic move in order to continue to evolve to cater to millennials, according to the press releaseon the acquisition

"We're excited to welcome Intelligentsia to the Peet's family as the growth of the super-premium coffee market continues to explode in the U.S. It's driven by 18-34 year-olds who are more affluent, purchase premium brands from other categories like craft beer and pressed juice, and seek variety and new experiences."

While Peet's may be driven by an 18-34 year old customer base, so is Starbucks, which has 21,366 locations world-wide. 

With over 200 locations nationwide, Peet's has a way to go before being a major competitor of Starbucks. 

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Forget the Chicago vs. New York pizza battle — Detroit pizza is taking over


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Everyone has an opinion on New York versus Chicago-style pizza. But what are your thoughts on Detroit style?

Little Caesars is trying to convert customers across America to the lesser-known style, offering a nationwide sale on Detroit-Style Deep! Deep! Dish pizza from November 2 to November 15. The pizza will be available for $6 plus tax, as opposed to its typical value of $8.

For those unfamiliar with Detroit-style pizza, the dish can be best described as a rectangular deep-dish, with crispy edges and chewy insides from baking in a custom metal pan. Many Detroit-style pizza makers top the pizza with sauce, though Little Caesars does not.

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The deep dish pizza has been on Little Caesars’ menu since 2013, making the chain the first to serve Detroit-style pizza on a national scale. However, many customers accustomed to skimming the menu may simply think of the pizza as deep-dish, as opposed to Detroit-style, leading to a handful of complaints on the company Facebook page in response to recent marketing emphasizing the pizza’s “Detroit-style.”

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Detroit-style pizza originated in the 1940s, at Buddy’s Rendezvous, an establishment that continues to serve up its signature square pizza today.

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The midwestern style has spread across the US and Canada in recent years. Pizzerias such as Via 313 in Austin, Texas, Descendant in Toronto, and Loui Loui’s in Jeffersontown, Ky. all boast that they serve authentic Detroit-style pizza – something that is simply called square or deep-dish pizza in most Detroit restaurants.

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Heidi Klum's Halloween party is one of the hottest tickets in town — here's what it's like inside


Heidi Klum halloween party 2015Supermodel Heidi Klum has been dubbed the "Queen of Halloween" thanks to her extravagant costumes and annual invite-only party, which continues to be one of the hottest tickets around.

She has been embracing the spirit of the holiday for the last 16 years, hosting a yearly bash that includes spooky decorations, elaborate costumes, and plenty of surprises.

From her transformation into an elderly woman to a full-blown butterfly costume, Klum never ceases to shock guests with her get-ups — and this year's Jessica Rabbit costume proved no different.

We got the chance to attend the coveted event and see what it was like on the inside, from the unbelievably intricate costumes to its long list of celebrity attendees.

This year's party was at Lavo, a trendy nightclub in Midtown Manhattan.

Here's what happened inside.

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We arrived at the red carpet around 8:40 p.m., and VIPs started coming in at 9. Designer Marc Bouwer, who has been coming to Klum's celebration for years, was one of the first to arrive. Bouwer and his guest were decked out in lavish gold-shimmering costumes from head to toe. We immediately knew we were in for some crazy costumes that evening.

Not everyone was dressed elaborately — some opted for simpler costumes, like this cat and maid.

Christian Siriano, designer and winner of "Project Runway" Season 4, showed up early on with boyfriend Brad Walsh. The two were dressed as Picasso paintings, adorned in painted faces and picture frames.

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10 cheap eats that New Yorkers actually love


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The great thing about New York — the thing that makes it the best food town in the world — is that the same people who'll spend $900 for a meal at Masa will also stand in a snaking line for an $8 chicken sandwich.

Our hunger for the exotic, the daring, and the artery-busting is so great that it's spawned a whole new landscape of cheap eats. 

Joining the ranks of the $1 slice and the pastrami sandwich are crave-worthy bites like matzo meal-crusted fried chicken and sustainably caught Maine lobster rolls.

Keep scrolling for our list of the 10 cheap eats that New Yorkers crave, from the perfect square slice to a taco that'll make you drool all over your keyboard. 

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

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At this fast-casual chicken joint, the Bromberg brothers — of Blue Ribbon Sushi fame — sell their famed matzo meal-crusted fried bird alongside eight different chicken sandwiches and sides like cheesy bacon fries and hush puppies. The chicken is dusted with spices and can be topped with three different honeys, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce. 

What to order: A two-piece with fries and cole slaw costs either $10.75 (white meat) or $11.95 (dark meat).

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People say the secret recipe white sauce that Halal Guys douses its gyros and combo platters with is akin to crack cocaine. Judging by the lines that queue up outside their many food carts, it's a fair comparison. (The carts recently expanded to restaurants, one on the Upper West Side and one in the East Village.) The combination of the tangy white sauce, crispy meats, yellow basmati rice, and cool lettuce and tomato is the OG halal answer to a Chipotle bowl. 

What to order: A small combo platter with chicken and gyro meat, yellow rice, lettuce, tomato, pita, and your choice of white sauce, tahini, and/or hot sauce is $6.99. 

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Los Tacos No. 1

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New York City is a wasteland for cheap, good Mexican food. And even though it's standing room only and located in the tourist-laden Chelsea Market, New Yorkers are willing to take the bad with the great to get their fix at Los Tacos No. 1. Run by three friends from Mexico and California, the taco stand uses made-to-order corn tortillas and your choice of grilled chicken, steak, nopales cactus, or spit-roasted pork. People rave about the quesadilla, which looks like a regular taco and has a layer of sizzling cheese that's been crisped on the flat top. 

What to order: The marinated pork quesadilla with cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole, and pineapple is $4.50. 

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The 19 coolest new businesses in San Francisco


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San Francisco has long been the hub for huge Silicon Valley tech companies — but it's also home to some seriously cool local businesses.

From a 2.5-ton mobile pizza oven and a beef-jerky bar to the city's first indoor golf course, we're highlighting some of the newest and coolest businesses in San Francisco.

Scroll through to check them out.

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80 Albion St., ​The Mission

What it is: A mood-boosting flower shop and studio.

Why it's cool: Step through the shop's unmistakable bright-turquoise doors and into a design studio and flower shop that feels like a fresh and fun gathering space. Ampersand sells California-grown flowers by the stem and designs for weddings, and it puts together custom arrangements and wreaths too.

Ampersand's customers praise the shop's owners, Benjamin and Emerson, for their expertise, originality, and charm.

Del Popolo

Around SF and (coming soon to) 855 Bush St., Dogpatch

What it is: A 2.5-ton pizza oven on wheels.

Why it's cool: Chef Jon Darsky has been serving Neapolitan-style pizza from a 5,000-pound wood-fired oven housed in a 20-foot shipping container since 2012, earning a mass of Bay Area loyalists. Del Popolo — Italian for "of the people" — is so popular the team behind the pies is planning to open its first brick-and-mortar location by the end of the year.

While the forthcoming restaurant will feature the food truck's signature thin-crust, natural- yeast pizza, it's adding to the menu Italian appetizers and salads and more beer and wine.


121 Spear St., SoMa

What it is: A restaurant where robots serve quinoa bowls.

Why it's cool: This vegetarian restaurant specializes in $7 quinoa bowls that use fresh ingredients. Quinoa is a superfood that requires far less energy to produce than any animal-based proteins, according to Eatsa's website, making it good for both people and the planet.

Eatsa uses technology to automate its two-step process: Customers place their order on an iPad, then they wait for their name to appear on an LCD-screened cubby when the order's up. Of course there's kitchen staff creating each meal behind the scenes, but the illusion of being served by a robot is what makes this fast-casual restaurant one of a kind.

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One of the grandest structures of the ancient world could be reborn


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Until an earthquake in 226 BCE knocked it down, the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-high iron and bronze statue of the Greek god Helios, sat near the harbor of Rhodes, Greece, for 54 years. 

Now, a plan put forth by a small team of scientists seeks to rebuild the ancient statue and boost tourism and local jobs in the process. 

Colossus of RhodesThe plan calls for a a new statue that's way taller than the ancient one. At 400 feet tall, the new Helios would be nearly four times the height of the original. The proposal also includes an interior library, museum, cultural center, exhibition hall, and, of course, a crowning lighthouse that's visible for 35 miles. 

One obvious change to the new structure is that it would use modern construction techniques and technology to make it earthquake-proof. The exterior would be completely covered in golden solar panels, making it entirely self-sufficient, which is appropriate for the Greek god of the sun.

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It's estimated that the project can be completed in three to four years at a cost of 240 to 260 millions euros ($264 to $286 million). Funding is expected to come from cultural institutions and international crowdfunding. 

In addition to renewing and extending Greece's tourism season, the statue's construction would bring much-needed jobs. Whether or not this will all come together depends on how much support and money the team behind the plan can raise. No construction dates have been released. 

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The secret to making one of the tastiest sandwiches in New York City




Eataly Executive Chef Alex Pilas showed us how he and his team crank through 8-12 whole prime ribs every lunch service to make what has become the market's most popular sandwich.

"From 11:30am to 2:30pm it's pretty much prime rib, prime rib, prime rib," says Pilas.

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This guy quit his job and visited 36 countries — he documented it in an awesome way


While most people dream of quitting their jobs to travel the world, not everyone actually goes through with it.

Craig Lewis, however, made the dream a reality by quitting his job in Atlanta, Georgia, and using his life savings to fund the trip of a lifetime. 

He started in Southeast Asia and eventually conquered 36 countries, crossing several items off of his bucket list in the process, like flying in a wing suit, attending the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium, and scuba-diving between tectonic plates in Iceland. He spent 18 months on the road.

But how he documented his trip is the best part. He started "high-fiving" the camera, using the gesture to punctuate his travels in his YouTube video, which has garnered over 1 million hits. 

Lewis now works in New York City, but plans to continue his travels this winter. He hopes the video will inspire people to "follow their dreams" and says that "anything is possible if you make a plan and work for it."

See more of Lewis' adventures on his Instagram.

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I had a 5-hour layover at the No. 2 airport in the world, and it was a joy



On a recent vacation in Vietnam, I was dreading the flight back to New York — mainly because I wanted to spend more time hiking in the mountain villages and sipping killer iced coffee, but also because I had a five-hour layover on my 22-hour return trip.

Lucky for me, I had a fantastic economy-class experience on Korean Air, and my early-morning layover was scheduled for Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

Located 30 miles west of the country's capital city, Seoul, Incheon ranks second on Business Insider's 2015 list of the best airports in the world. But I'd done zero research ahead of my arrival in South Korea, so I was unaware of Incheon International's stellar ranking.

Determined to stretch my legs before the 13-hour flight to New York, I spent my layover walking around and checking out all the airport had to offer for weary travelers like myself.

5:30 a.m. — Welcome to South Korea!

I landed in South Korea after a four-hour flight from Hanoi. The overnight flight combined with the time difference between cities left me drowsy.

After connecting to the airport's free Wi-Fi, I emailed my parents to let them know I was still alive and then groggily followed these super helpful screens through a security check to the international transfer section.

5:50 a.m. — I arrive at the nicest airport gate I've ever seen.

At this early, quiet hour, a few signs and directories told me that things would start to come alive at 7 a.m., so I headed to the gate for my 10:05 a.m. flight to JFK.

Once there, I was stunned.

Where was the ratty, blue-gray carpet specked with pastry crumbs? Who had replaced the ambiguously stained, maximized-for-lower-back-pain plastic seating with these sleek, comfortable chairs? Why do these hardwood floors looks so clean and new?

I had an hour to kill, so I decided to charge up at the gate.

These charging stations were great for a couple of reasons. First, they had a few different wattage and plug options, which is really helpful for international travelers. And the outlets were spaced to allow for bulky converters, because there's nothing more frustrating than a perfectly available outlet being covered by the corner of someone else's plug.

Finally, the stations are conveniently located in the seating areas, eliminating the need to sit on the floor next to a wall outlet while your Kindle charges. Being able to sit at the main gate and keep eyes on your valuables in the charging station — as well as your luggage — is key.

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Take a look inside a Virgin Atlantic clubhouse, where first-class passengers are spoiled rotten before they even leave the ground


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Flying can be a real pain. For most, the first-class flying experience is a storied and coveted fantasy far from the cramped seats of coach.

But for the envied few who get the chance to stretch out their legs and cradle a flute of champagne 35,000 feet in the air, the experience begins even before boarding.

Virgin Atlantic, the airline brand owned by British billionaire and bon vivant Richard Branson, is known for its flair and flash, and the first-class clubhouses it maintains in various airports across the globe are no different.

Need a haircut before your flight? A gourmet meal to tide you over? Or perhaps a quick cocktail to take the edge off?

Several of Virgin Atlantic's lounges house full spas, as well as extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus to fully pamper their guests. The experience is reserved exclusively for passengers who have bought "Upper Class" tickets on Virgin Atlantic flights. 

Business Insider got a look inside Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Here's what it's like to relax in the lap of luxury. 

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The clubhouse at JFK Terminal 4 is a luxurious experience from the moment you're greeted by its friendly and attentive staff.

As soon as you walk in, you're swept away by the lush retro-inspired decor. In the center of the clubhouse is the bar, surrounded by a curving and gorgeous open wall.

The bar seating is ample, with small tables and chairs as well as long, comfy booths.

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Lady Gaga almost quit music, and she had a good reason


She might act tough, but Lady Gaga is only human.

Gaga recently told over 200 high school students and top policy makers at Yale's Emotion Revolution Summit that she almost walked away from the music industry.

She cited money-hungry executives and the industry's focus on physical image as reasons for her disillusionment. "I don't like being used to make people money," she said. "I feel sad when I'm overworked, and that I've just become a money-making machine."

You can watch her full speech on Yale University’s YouTube channel. 

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A new theme park is going to have 'Hunger Games' rides — here's what they'll look like


Lionsgate Entertainment wants to cash in on their hit movies and turn them into a Disneyland of sorts.

According to the New York Times, two parks are planned: one in the US (outside of Atlanta), and one in China.

While you'll be able to visit attractions based on movies like "Step Up" and "Now You See Me," the real reason to go is for the "Hunger Games" themed rides. Planned "Hunger Games" attractions are a roller coaster that will resemble the movies' Capitol trains, and a simulator that will take people on a "hovercraft ride" over the dystopian Panem, which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) calls home.

But no, you won't be participating in any actual Hunger Games.

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Ariana Grande shut down two sexist radio DJs


Don't mess with Ariana Grande.

The 22-year-old singer was promoting her new single "Focus" on Power 106 this week when two radio DJs asked her a series of sexist questions.

"If you had to choose between your phone and makeup, which would you give up?" one DJ asked.

"Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between?" she fired back. "Is this men assuming that that's what girls would have to choose between?"

And when Grande told the DJs her favorite new emoji was a unicorn, they proceeded to say it was a "girls" emoji.

"Many boys use the unicorn," Grande corrected. "You need a little brushing up about equality. Who says the unicorn emoji isn’t for men?"

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Animated map shows how railroads spread across America


Trains revolutionized transportation in the US. People were no longer dependent on horse-drawn carriages and natural waterways to move across the country. The rapid spread of railroads made the movement of both goods and people more efficient and affordable. 

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21 of the most absurd photos of London mayor Boris Johnson


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Boris Johnson, mayor of London since 2008, is a somewhat controversial figure in British politics. 

To some he's funny, colorful, and willing to poke fun at himself; to others he's bumbling and sometimes even inappropriate

"Humor is a utensil that you can use to sugar the pill and to get important points across," Johnson, who's known by many as just Boris or even BoJo, told the Wall Street Journal in 2008. "It has allowed me to get on innumerable platforms."

We've rounded up some of his most memorable goof-ups in photos here — from the time he got stuck on a zip wire to his collision with a 10-year-old schoolboy. 

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Johnson blows a vuvuzuela during a visit to Cape Town, South Africa.

Johnson plays ping pong with London students in June 2010. The event was part of a summertime program of free sporting events to encourage Londoners to be more active.

He poses with Arnold Schwarzenegger while riding bikes through London.

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The elite prep school at the center of a high-profile statutory-rape case could face a lawsuit



Last week, a former student at St. Paul's School was sentenced to a year in jail for having sex with an underage student — a development that could bring more scrutiny to one of America's most prestigious boarding schools.

A jury found Owen Labrie, now 20, guilty of a misdemeanor regarding the girl's age but cleared him of more serious assault charges this summer.

Steven J. Kelly, a lawyer who represents the victim’s family, is now investigating the school, according the New Hampshire Union Leader, which noted the school itself had not yet faced litigation over the incident.

At the center of this case is the “senior salute” tradition, in which outgoing senior students try to hook up with younger students and keep "score" of their conquests, according to The Daily Beast.

“This would not have happened had it not been for the culture of the school, and specifically the senior salute,” Kelly told the Union Leader on Friday. “This is basically a game designed to encourage statutory rape, to have upper-class students target under-class students.”

However, a former student told The Daily Beast in August that she rejected the notion that the “senior salute” was sordid and predatory, though did concede that “it is a coined term and tradition."

"[B]ut it’s really just hooking up with underclassmen," she said. "People at St. Paul’s call it ‘scoring.'”

She also spoke highly of Labrie, saying he was a "well-rounded kid, very personable, and was going to Harvard on a full scholarship. He wasn't a spoiled, pretentious, typical prep school kid."

The St. Paul’s administration told police the school had been trying to educate against “sexual scoring” on campus, according to the Concord Monitor, which cited a police affidavit.

If Kelly decides to bring this case to court, the lawsuit would rest on the concept of “loco parentis,” in which schools have the responsibility to ensure the safety and well being of their students, much like parents do, Richard Lehmann, a Concord attorney, told the Union Leader.

Other high-caliber boarding schools, like Hotchkiss in Connecticut, have been subjected to lawsuits over criminal sexual behavior. But in Hotchkiss' case, the alleged perpetrator was a teacher and not a fellow student.

The current rector of St. Paul’s (a position similar to a headmaster or a principal at the Episcopal affiliated school), Michael Hirschfeld, flatly rejects the notion that the school's culture encourages "sexual conquest."

In a statement released in September, Hirschfeld said that the “[senior salute] is not a decades old tradition as some have alleged. The phrase ‘senior salute’ described a wide range of behaviors related to spending time with other students — none of these behaviors was ever understood to include any type of ‘game’ or sexual conquest.”

The statement continued: “School culture must not be equated with the behavior of one, or even several individuals within the community. The allegations about St. Paul’s were not — and are not emblematic of our School, or our values, our rules, or our student body, alumni, faculty, and staff. Those claims just simply aren’t true.”

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St. Paul’s has had its fair share of controversies in the past, according to a 2006 article from Vanity Fair.

In the article, Vanity Fair contributor Alex Shoumatoff — an alumnus of St. Paul’s — reported the school had been plagued by financial improprieties, allegations of faculty sexually abusing students, and a hazing investigation.

Kelly’s lawsuit, if it comes to court, will shine a spotlight on the insular culture of St. Paul’s and other elite, exclusive New England boarding schools.

“You have adults in charge of these kids who are afraid to discipline them because of the perception of the power and influence of their parents,” Kelly told the Union Leader, “these are kids; they may be rich, and they may be entitled, but they still need adults to take charge.”

Business Insider reached out to St. Paul's for comment and received the following statement:

"Our focus continues to be on our School and the education we provide for our students. We remain committed to teaching our students our core values — that they live honorably, respectfully, and never forget to be kind."

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The best New York City restaurant for every type of cuisine


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No matter what type of food you're itching for, you can find it in New York City.

As part of its 2016 restaurant-survey results, released last month, Zagat compiled a list of the best restaurants in New York City for every type of cuisine.

From smoky barbecue to authentic Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches to handmade falafel, there's a top-rated spot to curb every craving.

There were also a few repeats on the list this year, with Le Bernardin and Pearl Oyster Bar each making multiple appearances.

Food ratings are out of 30 on the Zagat scale.

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AMERICAN: Gotham Bar & Grill

12 East 12th Street

Food: 28

With a Michelin star and five three-star New York Times reviews under its belt, Gotham Bar & Grill has certainly earned its posh status.

The restaurant offers sophisticated takes on American classics, such as Maine lobster and short rib of beef with Brussels sprouts and a 28-day dry-aged New York steak topped with Dijon mustard custard and vidalia onion rings.

ASIAN: Pig and Khao

68 Clinton Street

Food: 26

Pig and Khao draws influences from Thai and Filipino cuisine to create dishes such as grilled pork jowl with Brussels sprouts, toasted rice, and lime-chili sauce or "crispy pata," a pork leg topped with pickled green mango.

To experience the restaurant's full range of flavors, try the chef's five-course tasting menu, available Monday through Thursday for $45.


344 West 11th Street

Food: 25

The flagship restaurant of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, Wallsé serves refined Austrian cuisine that combines classic techniques with modern simplicity. Branch out with an unusual protein, such as snail ravioli or braised rabbit.

And leave room for dessert — the hot Salzburger Nockerl and chocolate Mozart Kugel are customer favorites.

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