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Meet the big shots who live at 15 Central Park West, the world's most powerful address

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There are plenty of legendary addresses in New York City, but 15 Central Park West stands out. The ultra-luxury condominium on the corner of West 61st St. and Central Park West has been home to a long list of bankers, celebrities, and assorted bold-faced names, including Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Sting.

Author Michael Gross, who published a history of the condo called "House of Outrageous Fortune" in 2014, calls it the world's most powerful address. Unlike many of New York's history-filled apartment buildings — especially its main rival across the park, 740 Park Avenue — 15 Central Park West is a relative newcomer.

Completed in 2008 by developers Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf, it offers a ridiculous array of amenities to New York's moneyed elite, including an in-house chef, a lap pool, and a private screening room.

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15 Central Park West took three years and about $1 billion to construct, including the cost of the land. It was an immediate success, ringing up $2 billion in sales. Even today, the building continues to break real-estate sales records.

Source: "House of Outrageous Fortune" by Michael Gross 

 

 



15 CPW architect Robert A.M. Stern was inspired by the great New York apartments of the 1920s, not today's glassy towers. The building has two sections with 201 units in total, as well as a formal driveway.

Source: "House of Outrageous Fortune" by Michael Gross



Other amenities include a library, private restaurant, three-lane lap pool, and health club with private massage rooms and yoga area.

Source: "House of Outrageous Fortune" by Michael Gross



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Here's what it's like at Equinox, one of the swankiest gym chains in the country

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Equinox is arguably the swankiest gym chain in America. 

Members pay $200 to $300 initiation fees and $160 to $250 monthly rates. They rave about the gym's amenities, which include classes taught by former Olympians and spa treatments.

While I’m content with my measly $15 a month gym, I still wondered about what it’s like to be a member of Equinox.

How tough are the classes? Do only beautiful people exercise there?

While I can’t afford its lavish prices in the long-term, I tried Equinox for a week through a friend's guest pass. Here’s what I found out.

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Equinox is a nationwide luxury gym.

There are 33 locations in New York, and I was able to tackle five of them. Each location has benefits — some have pools and hot tubs, while others have steam rooms and saunas. My personal attraction and motivation to try Equinox was for the pool. I haven't been able to get in a pool since I moved to Manhattan! 



Signing up for classes isn't as competitive as I expected it to be.

I always feel like there's a rush to sign up for a fitness class before spots run out, but that wasn't the case at Equinox. Members use an app to check in, book a class, schedule training, and search for clubs.

Some gyms allow you to sign up 26 hours in advance online, while others offer walk-in only classes. When I signed in for my class at the gym, I was given a number so that employees can keep tabs on who's in the class. No sneaking in here!



The gym itself offers elite equipment for cardio, strength training, and stretching.

The screens of the cardio equipment offer every kind of distraction that you might need while running. I had never seen or used anything like it. 

I could go on Facebook, read the news, watch TV, or listen to podcasts all while attempting to run at 6.5 mph. It made my half-hour cardio session fly by. 



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3 style lessons every guy can learn from Tim Cook's ill-fitting suit

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Tim Cook: tech innovator, precedent-breaking CEO, style icon?

Maybe not so much that last one, if a recent picture proves anything. The Apple CEO recently tweeted out a photograph taken with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during a trip the the Mediterranean country to launch Europe's first iOS development center.

After comparing Renzi's masterfully tailored suit to Cook's mess of rags, one thing becomes clear: Cook has no idea what he's doing when it comes to wearing suits.

Observe:

  • Mistake #1: The suit jacket just plain doesn't fit at all. It's clearly a size too big, and, apart from it not being tailored correctly (or at all), the shoulders don't fit. The shoulders are the most important part of any suit jacket, as they can't be adjusted.
  • Mistake #2: The pants are too long. Sure, full breaks (a full fold where the pants hit the shoes) are in now, and guys are wearing their pants a little longer. Cook's pants, however, are so long they make him look shorter than he actually is.
  • Mistake #2: Black on black is extremely boring. A black tie with a black suit and a white shirt? This isn't a funeral, Tim! Cook could have mixed it up here in any number of ways, but the dark palette casts a shadow over what is surely a fine accomplishment for Apple and for Italy.

Compare these mistakes to Renzi's suit, which was born out of a country known for its fine tailoring and suiting, and we see what a difference a well-fitting suit can really make.

With Cook's $10 million salary, he can surely afford some sort of tailor. We strongly suggest that next time he wears a suit, he start over with a clean slate and bring it to a tailor before he plans on wearing it. These mistakes are easily avoided.

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These will be the most popular men's hairstyles in 2016

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If you're looking for a new hairstyle to change up your look for 2016, you've come to the right place.

Our friends at Men's Hairstyles Today have put together the perfect infographic of hairstyles they think will be popular in the coming year.

And if you're not looking to change your look, there's good news: many of the most popular styles from 2015 make a repeat appearance, including the ever-popular fade.

Popular Men's Hairstyles

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10 of the most extravagant Airbnbs you can still book for the Super Bowl

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If you've snagged a ticket to this year's hotly-anticipated Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, you're going to need somewhere to stay.

According to Airbnb, demand for rentals is "extremely high", and rates have spiked to 2.25 times the norm. As of this week, there are still more than 6,000 listings up for grabs.

While Airbnb reports that bookings have been going for a reasonable average of $220 per night, with the median price for San Jose listings still available at $360 per night, there are plenty of higher-end offerings if you're ready to splurge on something a bit more fantastical than a basic room.

We've rounded up some of the craziest spots to call your own for a night, from a yacht docked in San Francisco to a Silicon Valley chateau.

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For $10,000 a night, you could snag this 3-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot modern home in Los Altos. It's just a 20-minute drive to the stadium — and it has a private hot tub.

Cost during the Super Bowl: $10,000/night

Accommodates: 8

Neighborhood: Los Altos



If something a little more traditional is your style, then this "chateau estate" in Hillsborough might work nicely, priced at $6,400 for the evening of the Super Bowl. With sweeping bay views, a heated pool, and room for 12 cars in the gated driveway, you could throw quite a party.

Cost during the Super Bowl: $6,400/night

Accommodates: 16+

Neighborhood: Hillsborough



Post up in Palo Alto instead at this comparatively reasonable $5,000 option. Located a block from Steve Jobs' house, the French-style house has four bedrooms and is surrounded by greenery.

Cost during the Super Bowl: $5,000/night

Accommodates: 9

Neighborhood: Palo Alto



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21 of the most memorable photos from this weekend's historic snowstorm

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Winter Storm Jonas was historic — dumping a record-breaking amount of snow on much of the East Coast.

More than two feet of snow fell in six states, while 14 states reported snowfall of at least a foot. Jonas was the single biggest snowstorm for six major locations — Allentown, Penn.; Baltimore-Washington International Airport; Harrisburg, Penn.; New York - LaGuardia Airport; New York - JFK Airport; and Newark, New Jersey. 

High wind gusts played a major part of the storm, too, reaching up to a recorded 85 mph in Maryland. Residents of coastal towns in New Jersey and Delaware battled severe flooding.

At least 15 people were killed during the storm, and many cities still have a massive amount of work to do to dig themselves out from under Jonas.

We've compiled 21 photos of the historic storm.

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Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a snow emergency that went into effect 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 22. Salt trucks were already out prepping as the snow began to fall.



Schools were closed in the capital, and offices closed early.



The Potomac River collected huge amounts of snow.



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A Michelin-starred chef showed us how he creates meals for one of the best airlines in the world

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Gourmet dining has become an essential part of the in-flight experience, especially for business and first-class passengers.

More and more airlines have started working with Michelin-starred chefs to bring culinary expertise and finesse to their in-flight meals. One such airline is Singapore Airlines, whose in-flight menu was ranked the best first-class eats by readers of Saveur Magazine last year. Singapore Airlines was named the second-best airline in the world by leading aviation consumer website Skytrax in July 2015. 

According to airline spokesman James Boyd, the airline invests around $500 million per year in its in-flight dining, more than $16 million of which goes toward their wine program.

We met with Chef Alfred Portale, executive chef of Michelin-starred Gotham Bar and Grill, who has been working with Singapore Airlines for about 11 years. He shared how he prepares dishes for first-class passengers, the difficulties of the process, and why you won't see certain ingredients in your in-flight meals.

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Portale currently works as the executive chef at New York City's Gotham Bar and Grill, which has a Michelin star, several three-star reviews from the New York Times, as well as various James Beard Awards. Portale personally won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef in 2006.



Portale has been creating in-flight dishes for Singapore Airlines for about 11 years, creating a roster of about 18 dishes twice annually. Singapore Airlines will then select a few of those dishes and switch them around every two months so that their frequent fliers can enjoy a rotating menu.



When it comes to the menu, Portale makes a point of including both healthy options, like salads packed with grains, and luxury items that range from lobster and king crab to truffles. Pictured here is the seafood salad that will be offered on the airline's in-flight menu later this year.



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Meet the 18-year-old who left his job at 'Yo' to spread the joy of coding

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By the time he was 16, Zach Latta had already tested out of his Los Angeles, California public high school and was working at Yo — a one-word messaging app that came to prominence in 2014 — as an engineer and lead backend developer.

Now, at 18, Latta is living in San Francisco and working on his rapidly expanding coding organization called Hack Club.

"I've always found myself able to learn the most when I can completely throw myself at something," Latta told Business Insider.

Latta has certainly thrown himself intensely into his work as co-founder and executive director of Hack Club. Just one year after founding the organization, it's grown to 62 schools across 16 states and six countries.

Hack Club is a nonprofit organization with four full-time employees including Latta, and is funded by grants and individual supporters.

Latta is also a 2015 Thiel Fellow, becoming one of 20 people chosen to receive $100,000 and mentorship, provided they forgo or drop out of college for two years. Latta was awarded the fellowship last June when he was 17 and had no plans of attending college.

The idea behind Hack Club is simple, even if the coding behind it is not. While a few high schools may offer coding classes or clubs, they usually teach students dated coding standards. In reality, coders working in the industry use software written within the past six months, according to Latta.

Hack Club works with high school students to start and lead programming clubs at their schools using up-to-date standards. It provides baseline coding curriculum, software tools, and community-building training.

Hack ClubThe innovation and success of Hack Club earned Latta, and his co-founder Jonathan Leung, 25, a spot on Forbes' 2016 30 under 30 list in the education category. Latta was one of the youngest honorees on the list.

"Our whole philosophy is that what's cool about coding is that it lets you do what you want to do and it lets you build real things," Latta said. "You don't have to have a college degree, you don't have to have years of training. As long as you have internet access you can do whatever you want to.

Many of the websites or apps that members of Hack Clubs have built are on display on its site.

Hack ClubThere's Kenko, for example, that describes itself as "shazam for food," where you take a photo of any food and receive health insights. Kenko's site also says that it is sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

Though not all of the coding at Hack Club involves "hacking" per se, it certainly seems aimed at challenging the status quo.

Latta mentioned that one group of students in one of his clubs is working to "kill Slack" and build a better app for workplace communications. Slack is a real-time messaging service that many companies, Business Insider included, use to communicate around their offices.

Some of that "establishment-killing attitude" is inherent in hacking subculture, with its documented distaste for authority. But some of that ethos within Hack Club is likely a byproduct of Latta's own attitudes about coding. 

"Before I started focusing on programming, I felt really stuck," he said. "I thought the way the world was put together is the way the world was put together, and it's always going to be that way. Programming really changed that mindset for me."

Zach LattaLatta began coding in middle school. By the time he got to high school, his interest had flourished into a love of programming. He didn't know anyone at school he could write code with, though, so he started a coding club with about 15 students.

"It wasn't the greatest club, but just having anything at all made such a profound impact on what I got out of high school," he said.

Latta began focusing on testing out of school early so he could devote all of his time to programming. He built his own home-schooling program sophomore year and tested out that same year.

While he was excited for the opportunity to pursue programming, his parents, both social workers, were less sure of his decision, especially since he had decided to forgo college and jump right into the industry.

But their reluctance gave way to support when they saw the success he was finding in the workforce.

He says when he started working at Yo, he was a 16-year-old without a college degree making market rate as an engineer. Latta didn't specify how much Yo paid him, but a search of Glassdoor showed that software engineers in San Francisco make an average salary of $103,000.

"I think to them at the time that was a ridiculous concept," Latta said.

Hack ClubHe believes a college degree simply isn't essential to employers anymore, thanks in part to the internet.

"I think the fundamental idea is that a college degree is a 'vote,' and so many other things can provide the same value as that vote can," Latta said.

As for his plans with Hack Club, he plans to focus on expansion during the upcoming year. There are currently clubs in the US, Canada, Australia, Estonia, Zimbabwe, and India. He plans to broaden his reach domestically and internationally.

But his motivation, at its root, is to continue to empower students through coding.

"The reason why programming is so special to me is that I think programming shows you that you have power, and that you can do things, that you are your own person," he said.

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A 19-year-old artist is baffling people on Instagram with his insanely realistic drawings

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Sushant Rane is a 19-year-old artist from India. Over the last few months, he's grown his Instagram following to 42,000, just by drawing household objects.

The reason: his drawings are so realistic-looking that you feel like you can reach out and touch them.

Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Chelsea Pineda

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This 90-year-old Holocaust survivor performed a moving dance about her time in a concentration camp

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Ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Fahidi was taken to Auschwitz at age 18, where she lost her mother, father, and sister.

Now, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, she's telling her story through dance.

Story by Sarah Schmalbruch and editing by Kristen Griffin

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Business Insider is hiring video interns to join the INSIDER team

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Business Insider is hiring video interns for INSIDER, a new publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

The role involves editing short videos that fall within our motto: "Life is an adventure." That include everything from trying the craziest milkshakes in New York City to thrill-seekers who built an 18-story rope swing to life-saving scientific advances.

Video interns should also be ready to get out in the field. There will also be some opportunity to pitch and write stories, conduct interviews, and shoot on location.

INSIDER's videos are distributed across social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTubeThe ideal candidate has a passion for storytelling and the ability to edit video quickly and creatively. He or she is a news buff who always knows what's going on in the world, and is addicted to social media.

Candidates should know how to edit on Premiere, how to use Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and various types of audio and digital video equipment including Canon and Sony cameras, and how to shoot awesome video with their smartphones. 

Our interns are an integral part of our team, and many of our current writers and editors started in our internship program. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with reporters, fellow producers, social media editors, and other team members.

This internship position is at our Flatiron headquarters in New York City. The internship will run for six months, and interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

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Two guys are making awesome skateboards out of trash

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When the World Wildlife Fund asked artist Mac Premo to find everyday objects and give them a new purpose, he turned trash into skateboards. These "Bucket Boards" were originally given to underprivileged kids, but he hopes to sell them to the general public soon. 

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