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Why a 19th century neighborhood in Chicago was just named the hottest in the US for 2016


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If you're in the market for a home, you may want to consider Ukrainian Village — a subdued Chicago neighborhood adorned with brick and stone housing from the late 19th century.

Real estate website Redfin, which releases an annual list of the hottest neighborhoods nationwide, recently named it 2016's hottest neighborhood.

What makes this spot so great?

We asked Steve Meyer, a Redfin real estate agent located in Chicago.

"While surrounded by better-known neighbors, Ukrainian Village is becoming a destination in its own right," Meyer tells Business Insider. "It has significant architecture, including some beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox churches. The main strip, Chicago Avenue, is also developing commercially — it's becoming popular for its nightlife and restaurant scene, and that wasn't the case five years ago."

Some of the popular restaurants and bars Meyer mentions include Lockdown Bar and Grill, Black Dog Gelato, and Bar Deville.

Untitled 2The "better-known neighbors" that Meyer's refers to are Wicker Park and Bucktown, two of Chicago's fastest growing neighborhoods over the past decade. Ukrainian Village is also close to the West Loop, an area that gained traction when Google decided to build a new campus there.

While Ukrainian Village is competing with these hot spots, it's generally more affordable and not as densely populated, Meyer says, which gives it a leg up.

The 2015 median sales price for homes in the neighborhood was $472,000, and houses are typically on the market for 22 days, Redfin found.

Another major appeal of the neighborhood is its character and charm, which homebuyers are starting to prioritize more and more, Redfin noted in its report.

Much of Ukrainian Village is landmarked, which is why so many late 19th century brick flats and workers' cottages have been preserved.

Untitled 3"You'll find a lot of all-brick buildings where there are two residences, one on top of the other," explains Meyer. "This architectural style takes advantage of Chicago's long, narrow lots, and has become iconic not just for Ukrainian Village, but for the entire city.

"Because of the historical designation, developers in the area mostly choose to gut the interior of these buildings to create a single family home. This strategy can have a strong return on investment while maintaining the historic façade of the neighborhood."

Interested in learning more? Check out Ukrainian Village real estate trends and more listings on Redfin.

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Carolina Panthers safety Roman Harper is renting out his apartment on Airbnb during the Super Bowl — here's what it's like inside


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This Sunday, Carolina Panthers safety Roman Harper will allow one lucky winner and their guest the chance to kick back and enjoy his apartment in Charlotte, North Carolina, while he plays in Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

For just $5,000 a night, guests will get to watch the game on Harper's 70-inch TV and enjoy his building's stellar city views. The guest will also receive a signed football to commemorate the weekend.

The proceeds from the booking will be going to Harper's Hope 41 Foundation, with Airbnb matching the proceeds.

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The apartment is in the heart of uptown Charlotte and comes with fantastic views of the city.

There's even a lounge on the 50th floor of the building, just for admiring the views.

There are multiple seating areas throughout the apartment where you can kick back and relax.

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The 10 highest-paying cities in the US


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If you want to maximize your income, where you live could make all the difference. 

U.S. News recently released its 2016 Best Jobs rankings, which determined the best jobs in America by looking at factors like median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. From this list, U.S. News also found the highest-paying cities for each occupation by culling through the average salaries of people with that job across the country.

Note that many of these cities also come with a high cost of living, necessitating that employers shell out higher salaries to stay competitive. But frugal and modest spenders can capitalize and make these outsized salaries stretch a long way. 

Here are the 10 cities that offer the most opportunities for high-paying jobs, with examples of positions and corresponding annual average salaries for that city drawn from U.S. News' list of the best jobs in the US

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10. Boston, Massachusetts

Best high-paying jobs:

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon — $262,290

Orthodontist — $233,660

Cartographer — $81,450

9. Trenton, New Jersey

Best high-paying jobs:

Podiatrist — $185,960

Operations research analyst — $109,670

Statistician — $102,800 


8. Fairbanks, Alaska

Best high-paying jobs:

Mechanical engineer —$108,320

Speech-language pathologist — $102,140 


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An HGTV star explains where to spend your renovation budget for the most impact


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Almost everyone renovating a home — or building one from scratch — has a budget.

The only thing that differs is its size.

So how should that money be spent for the greatest impact? Marble countertops? Crystal chandeliers? Heated bathroom floors?

According to HGTV star Marnie Oursler of "Big Beach Builds," your renovation budget will be more effective if you think by room rather than by feature.

"If you have to decide where to spend your money, I would do it where everyone can enjoy, instead of a few people," said Oursler, the founder of Marnie Homes, a custom building company in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

For that reason, she recommends splurging on the kitchen, the foyer, and anywhere else you spend a lot of time. "For the quality of life and to enjoy your home, you'll spend a lot of time in the kitchen anyway," she says. "Also I think it's important to make the foyer very welcoming, since that's where you and your guests enter the house. Finally, spend on wherever you're going to live, whether you spend more time inside or outside — make that space comfortable."

The one exception she makes to her own rule is spending on the master bedroom and bath, a decidedly private space. "That's where you're going to be every morning and every evening," she says.

And where can you skimp? On spare bathrooms and bedrooms, which have only limited use.

"Big Beach Builds" will have its premiere Friday at noon EST on HGTV.

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Let George Clooney show you the right way to wear all black


At the premiere for the new Coen Brothers movie "Hail Caesar", George Clooney wore his favorite get-up of late: the all-black suit with accompanying black turtleneck.

To the occasional passerby, this outfit may seem too one-dimensional — every single item, including the shoes, is black! They aren't even different shades of gray, but a deep, black color.

Why does it this work? Look closely, and you'll see where the mastery lies:

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You see, Clooney has been doing this for a long time. And with that experience comes this wisdom: every guy looks sharp in black, especially a man with salt-and-pepper hair and Amal Clooney on his arm.

The all-black works because of the different fabrics and weaves used in the turtleneck sweater and suit, which breaks up the silhouette just enough so that Clooney doesn't look like a blob of black. If he was wearing a black shirt and tie, it would be far too much the same.

Let's take it from the top:

  • Clooney's black turtleneck sweater is very trendy right now. This gives him a distinguished look without giving off the air that he dressed up unnecessarily.
  • His pants are a little long for our taste, but they're classic, and Clooney is nothing if not a classic. They match the jacket, and that's what matters.
  • The patent black shoes add a sheen to the entire outfit. 

Paired with Amal's white-and-red floral dress and silver heels, they seem to have won the red carpet of one the biggest movie openings of the year so far. 

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Scientists debunked these 5 common myths about eating meat


In our increasingly health-conscious world, we are becoming more sensitive to the impact of the foods we eat. 

A particularly controversial food is unprocessed red meat, which some believe to be a source of various health problems. However, many of these beliefs have no scientific basis.

Here are five common myths that have developed about eating red meat.

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The best things you can eat for under $10 in Los Angeles



Sampling the best food a city has to offer doesn't need to cost tons of money. 

Thanks to its bustling food truck scene and historic establishments, Los Angeles has plenty of options for scoring incredible bites for as little as $2. 

We've put together a list of the 16 best Los Angeles-based eateries where you can find irresistible food for less than $10. 

Whether you're a fan of sweets, sandwiches, burgers, or tacos, we've got you covered. 

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Bay Cities Italian Bakery and Deli stuffs their sandwiches with fresh ingredients.

1517 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica

Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery has been serving top-notch sandwiches since 1925. 

Go for the famous Godmother — salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, ham, and provolone cheese layered in crusty Italian bread — and ask for the works. With sandwiches under $10 and the option to order online, you'll be happy you stopped here. 

Lobos Truck is famous for turning waffle fries into a nacho delicacy.

Various locations

Hit up the Lobos Truck for unforgettable comfort food. 

The fan favorites are the "wachos", waffle fries that are crisped to perfection and topped with everything from blue cheese and bacon to guacamole and ranch. They've also got burgers, ribs, mac and cheese, and salads.

Get your favorite ice cream flavor in sandwich form at Diddy Riese.

926 Broxton Avenue, Westwood

If you've got a sweet tooth, get your fix at Diddy Riese. Choose from their 10 different varieties of freshly baked cookies, pick out an ice cream flavor, and they'll whip up a sandwich for you for only $2.

Plus, their cookies are only 50 cents each — so you might as well load up.


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The 10 Super Bowl ads people are already sharing like crazy


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Super Bowl 50 isn't happening until Sunday, February 7, but some of America's biggest brands, including Acura, Doritos, and official Super Bowl sponsor Pepsi, have already aired teasers and commercials ahead of TV's most watched annual event.

"It's the biggest stage out there, and one thing we know for sure is it's the only time of year where consumers are looking for the ads," one second-time advertiser told Business Insider.

Though some ads, like T-Mobile's "Restricted Bling" commercial featuring "Hotline Bling" rapper Drake, have already garnered millions of views, ad-tracking company Unruly has designed a way to track impact beyond the view counter.

Using data from their Unruly Viral Video Chart, they've revealed a list of the 10 most shared Super Bowl ads so far, determined by the number of YouTube and Facebook shares the ads have rather than the number of views. According to Unruly, shares are a more accurate measure of what's truly going viral and generating the most buzz.

Check out the 10 ads below.

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10. Pepsi — "The First Halftime Performer Is...Coldplay"

Date aired: December 3

Shares: 40,535 

9. Acura — "#DriveAcuraNSXContest"

Date aired: January 29

Shares: 43,538

8. Amazon — "Cheese Footballs #BaldwinBowl"

Date aired: January 29

Shares: 47,448

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PHOTOS: Here's all the progress Apple's made on its spaceship campus — the 'best office building in the world' (aapl)



If everything goes according to plan, Apple will complete its new $5 billion "spaceship" campus this year. It's been a long time coming.

Steve Jobs once said that the new campus meant Apple had "a shot at building the best office building in the world."

Fast-forward to today, and the latest footage shows that most of the earthwork, started in 2014, has been completed. Now construction workers have started to install large panels of curved glass on what the company has described as the "greenest building on the planet." 

When Apple's Campus 2 is finished, it will house more than 13,000 employees over 18 acres, and it will include a massive fitness center as well as a state-of-the-art auditorium for Apple keynote presentations. 

Here's a look at how far Apple's new campus has come, and what it will look like when it's all finished. 

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Here's the entire campus, in one shot. This shot was taken by a drone piloted by Duncan Sinfield in February 2016.

Here's what the construction site looked like in May 2014, shortly after most existing buildings had been cleared out.

All of the major landscaping work was completed in 2015.

Now Apple only needs to finish the building, which it will do by "late 2016," barring any additional setbacks. 

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Business Insider is hiring a travel reporter for the INSIDER team


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Business Insider is looking for a travel reporter for INSIDERa new publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

The ideal candidate is a multimedia journalist who loves seeing the world, exploring new cultures, and living vicariously through others' adventures.  

The travel reporter writes stories, creates photo features, and writes video scripts for INSIDER's website and social media channels. Coverage areas include destinations, trends, travel news, and tips. You will also have the opportunity to write about your own experiences.  

 The ideal candidate is a fastidious reporter and writer with a passion for telling great stories, and thrives in a fast-paced work environment.

Candidates should have 1 to 3 years of experience working in a digital newsroom and writing about travel. 

At INSIDER, our motto is "Life is an adventure." We tell stories for, about, and by people who seize life. That means they love to travel, try new foods, listen new music, and love people who do the same. INSIDER is distributed across social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, as well as on the web.

This is a full-time position that's based in our New York City office and does not necessarily include travel. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits. 

APPLY HERE with a resume and cover letter telling us why you're perfect for the job.

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Real-estate experts say these will be the 10 hottest US neighborhoods in 2016



Where will American homebuyers turn in 2016?

According to real estate website Redfin, which releases an annual list of the hottest neighborhoods nationwide, buyers will be prioritizing affordability, charm, and access to public transportation in 2016. The emphasis on affordability explains why the San Francisco Bay Area — where the median sale price of homes is now over $1 million — didn't crack the top 10 for the first time.

"Another trend that has emerged in this year's hottest neighborhoods is that buyers are looking for homes and neighborhoods with character," Redfin reports.

Here, we've highlighted the 10 neighborhoods projected to take off in 2016, which Redfin ranked by looking at the most recent growth in page views and favorites per home on their site.

We also included the median number of days a home is on the market in that neighborhood, the median sale price for 2015, and insights from local Redfin real-estate agents:

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10. Roosevelt, Seattle

Roosevelt, which has been heating up in recent years, rounded out the top 10, thanks in part to its prime location. "Roosevelt touches the interstate, so people have easy access to downtown Seattle or can easily escape for the weekend," says local agent Dorothee Graham.

Plus, there are a bunch of easily accessible parks, including Cowen Park, Ravenna Park, and Green Lake.

Median days on the market: 7

Median sale price: $623,500

See more Roosevelt real-estate trends.

9. Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

While Powderhorn Park cracked the top 10 nationwide, it has stiff competition in Minneapolis and ranked the second-hottest neighborhood in this up-and-coming Minnesota city. The median sale price is on of the lowest on this list: $180,000.

Plus, residents enjoy plenty of green space, thanks to Powderhorn Park and Lake situated in the center of the neighborhood.   

Median days on the market: 32

Median sale price: $180,000

See more Powderhorn Park real-estate trends.

8. Hampden, Baltimore

Hampden offers home prices that are hard to beat. "Houses are relatively affordable and have a historical touch and lots of potential to upgrade into a dream home," says local agent Chris Calabretta.

The food scene is also top notch, with an abundance of locally owned restaurants, he notes.

Median days on the market: 32

Median sale price: $198,000

See more Hampden real-estate trends.

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Business Insider is hiring a food reporter for the INSIDER team


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Business Insider is looking for a food reporter for INSIDERa new publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

The ideal candidate is a multimedia journalist who is obsessed with food in all forms.

He or she is a home chef who loves making new dishes — and posting pictures of them on Instagram. He or she is also a foodie who knows about the latest restaurant openings, hottest food trends, and hybrid snacks that are blowing up on the internet.

The food reporter writes stories, creates photo features, and writes video scripts for INSIDER's website and social media channels. He or she is a fastidious reporter and writer with a passion for telling great stories, and thrives in a fast-paced work environment.

Candidates should have 1 to 3 years of experience working in a digital newsroom and writing about food. 

At INSIDER, our motto is "Life is an adventure." We tell stories for, about, and by people who seize life. That means they love to travel, try new foods, listen new music, and love people who do the same. INSIDER is distributed across social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, as well as on the web.

Please note that this position requires that you work in our Manhattan office. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits.

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Check out Jackie Chan's new $20 million private jet


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Jackie Chan has a new toy in his collection.

This week, the movie icon took delivery of a new Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. This is not Chan's first private jet, nor is it his first Embraer. Chan, a brand ambassador for the Brazilian airplane maker, took delivery of an Embraer Legacy 650 in 2012. His new plane is the first Legacy 500 to be delivered to a Chinese customer.

"The Legacy 500 features our best-to-date technologies and it incorporates designs that maximize passenger comfort and fuel efficiency," Marco Tulio Pellegrini, Embraer Executive Jets' president and CEO, said in a statement.

Chan seems equally enthused about the newest addition to his fleet. "I'm so thrilled to receive this Legacy 500, a state-of-the-art executive jet," he said in a statement.

He continued:

In the past few years, my Legacy 650 has brought me fantastic traveling experiences and great convenience, allowing me to do more acting and philanthropic works around the world. I'm sure that the performance of the new Legacy 500 will again exceed my expectations, and become a comfortable mobile home and office for me.

There's no word on whether the new Legacy 500 will join the 650 or replace the 650 in the screen legend's fleet. Here's a closer look at Chan's Embraer Legacy 500:

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Jackie Chan took delivery of his first Embraer in 2012. It was a Legacy 650.

JC's 650 is decked out in a personalized, dragon-themed paint job.

With the Legacy 500, Jackie gets a more advanced jet than his current 650.

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New York City apartments are getting smaller as the rents get bigger


New York City rental prices continue to climb, making it more and more challenging for young professionals to move to the city.

INSIDER's Alana Yzola spoke with Business Insider’s Andrew Stern, fresh off an in-depth investigation into San Francisco’s real estate wars, about rising rental prices across the country.

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15 simple ways to relax, according to scientists


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It's easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and let the stress pile on.

And getting rid of that stress often seems exponentially difficult. 

So if you're looking for a way to escape, here are some science-backed ways to decompress, even if you can't take a vacation.

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Get a massage.

Yes indeed, getting a massage may be a great way for some of us to relieve stress and relax. 

One small study looking at the effect of back massages on Japanese students preparing for exams found that people who got them had less muscle stiffness and lower levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. Some caveats though: the study was small, and it didn't have a control group. In other words, there's no way to know if they'd sent another group of people into a quiet room and not given them massages that they wouldn't have seen similar results, perhaps just from being isolated from their studies.


Meditation is often seen as a great way to relax, and many studies back up that idea. In a meta-analysis looking at several studies of relaxation training in people with anxiety, the observed effects of meditation were greater than those observed for other intentional relaxation techniques, such as autogenic training (a process that involves making your body feel heavy and warm) and applied relaxation. Other studies have also outlined its effect as an anti-anxiety and antidepressant method.

Want to learn how to meditate? Check out this nifty graphic.

Exercise regularly.

The key to a relaxed mind is a relaxed body, according to the Harvard Medical School"The relaxed body will, in turn, send signals of calm and control that help reduce mental tension."

One way to relax the body is by exercising. It may sound counterintuitive, but working out can help the body release mood elevating hormones, like endorphins, and reduce levels of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol.

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3 science-backed food hacks for preparing the ideal dinner party



Inviting a special someone, a group of friends, or a team of colleagues by for a delicious dinner can be a great way to show off your cooking skills but can also be incredibly stressful.

Here are three techniques, provided by the American Chemical Society's Reactions YouTube series, that can help you make the perfect dinner.

There's also some cool science behind these techniques that are sure to impress any dinner guest as they happily chow down.

1. Don't cry over your onions. Refrigerate them!

Onions are a delicious addition to any guacamole, burrito, stir fry, or casserole. But they come with a price: Your tears.

onionEvery time you cut into an onion, you release compounds called sulfenic acids.

One of these sulfenic acids mixes with other enzymes in the onion that you release during cutting.

This mixture is what then creates the eye-burning, tear-inducing gas, called syn-propanethial-S-oxide.

To protect your eyes, refrigerate onions for at least 30 minutes before chop time. This reduces the onion's tendency to release sulfenic acid. Another option is to cut the onion under water — that way the water absorbs the acid, and not your eyes.

2. Don't cook with a bad, stinky egg.

Rotten eggs not only taste gross but their putrid state gives them a fetid smell that will have any guest running for the hills instead of flocking to the dinner table.

cracked eggThe reason eggs go bad in the first place is because of tiny dimples that dot their shells.

These dimples are actually pores that allow air to flow in and out of the shell so the developing chick within can breathe.

But, the pores also let bacteria in, which feast on the gelatinous embryo inside breaking down proteins and emitting the putrid-scented gas called hydrogen sulphide.

Over time, the gas builds up inside of the egg. To protect your kitchen from a smelly odor, place the egg inside of a glass of water.

If the egg is filled with hydrogen sulphide, it will float to the surface. If the egg sinks, then you and your guest's noses are safe. 

3. Preserve the bright-green color of your cooked vegetables.

Chlorophyll A and B are the two molecules that give vegetables their beautiful, bright-green color.

vegetablesWhen you cook the vegetables for a long period of time, the heat breaks down the plant cells in your veggies. As a result, the cells release acids.

Normally, these acids are kept separate from the chlorophyll, but when heated, the acids escape from the plant cells and come into contact with the green molecules.

When this happens, the acids change the chlorophyll molecules' chemical composition, which, in turn, changes the color of your vegetables from a delicious-looking vibrant green to an unappealing dark green.

To prevent this from happening, cook your vegetables for approximately seven minutes. This is long enough to cook them through but not so long that the acids get the chance to do their dirty work.

Hosting a dinner will test you on many levels, and if all else fails, there's always pizza delivery.

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