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10 expensive-looking men's style essentials that you can get for cheap

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Here's the most commonly spoken language in every New York neighborhood that isn't English or Spanish


New York City is an extremely cosmopolitan place, and walking around the city, one often hears a plethora of languages being spoken.

The American Community Survey is a massive annual effort by the Census Bureau to measure various aspects of American life. Among many other things, respondents are asked if they speak a language other than English at home, and if so, what language is spoken. Using this data, as explained in more detail at the bottom of this post, Business Insider was able to map out New York City's most popular non-English languages.

First, here's the most commonly spoken non-English language in each NYC community district. Unsurprisingly, Spanish is pretty dominant. There are quite a few Chinese speakers in the southern Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, and in Flushing, Queens, and a few other language enclaves scattered around the city.

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Because Spanish shows up in so many neighborhoods, we made an alternate version of the map where we found the most common non-English, non-Spanish language:

most common nyc non english langauge excluding spanish

The maps were made using the ACS Public Use Microdata Sample, an edited version of the individual responses to the survey. With this data, we were able to calculate the most commonly spoken non-English language in each of New York City's Census-designated "Public Use Microdata Areas," which closely conform to the city government's community districtsfor which the city provides very nice-looking map outlines.

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What the median rent in New York City buys you in 25 big US cities



The median rent in New York City is $3,185 a month, according to residential real estate website Trulia.

It's the second highest in the nation, just after San Francisco ($3,995 per month).

In popular neighborhoods, like Battery Park City and Gramercy Park, you can expect to see rent prices tipping over $4,000 a month, according to real estate website Zumper. Going out of the city and into neighboring boroughs could save you money, but if you want to live in the heart of the city, you're probably going to pay the price.

And how about outside of New York City's five boroughs? What if you took your $3,185 a month and moved to Atlanta, Georgia? Could you get more for your money?

Below, find out what the median New York rent could buy you in the 25 biggest rental markets in the US. The listings, from Trulia, are all located where the crime rate is "low" to "lowest," and rent does not exceed $3,200 per month.

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In NYC, $3,200 a month gets you a studio apartment with about 432 square feet like this one in Kips Bay. Amenities include a fitness center and laundry facility in the building.

Source: Trulia

Here are some more listings for a $3,000-a-month rent in New York City.


In San Francisco, California, you can find a one bedroom, one bath apartment.

Source: Trulia

Go a little south to Los Angeles, California, and you'll find more space. This rental offers 1,100 square feet of space with two bedrooms and two baths. There's even a fitness center and pool.

Source: Trulia

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10 etiquette rules to remember the next time you fly


Unless you're fortunate enough to be flying in a first class suite, air travel can often be a stressful and exhausting experience. 

However, for those of us who can't afford a luxurious upgrade, there are a few basic etiquette rules that can improve the comfort of your journey. Follow them, and your next flight might just be pleasant — as long as everyone else follows them, too.

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The 19 best places for a beach holiday in Europe, according to travelers



The weather is gradually getting warmer across Europe, which means travellers are beginning to book their summer beach holidays all over the continent.

To find out where exactly they're going this summer, the travel-booking site RoutePerfect.com has released data for the most popular beach destinations in Europe.

The results are ranked according to thousands of bookings made by travellers either through or on the website.

From the sandy shores of the Amalfi Coast to pebbled beaches in Liguria, Italian destinations unsurprisingly dominated the list. Coastal spots ranging from Croatia to Greece — known for their history, culture, and parties — also made the cut.

Check out the 19 most popular destinations for a beach holiday below, along with comments from RoutePerfect.com's CEO, Boaz Lantsman.

No. 19. Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy — Cagliari's coastline totals more than 8 miles, with plenty of beaches to attract holiday-makers. The Sardinian city's most popular beach, Poetto, below, is usually teeming with tourists and locals thanks to the many bars and restaurants nearby.

No. 18. Elba Island, Italy — This Tuscan island is known for its pristine beaches with clear, turquoise water and golden sand, making it a prime holiday spot in the Mediterranean.

No. 17. Hvar, Croatia — This ancient seaside town combines history, culture, and beautiful beaches with transparent water and white sand.

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Here's what happens to your brain when you check your phone — and why it's so addicting


Whether you're working in your office, walking down the street, or eating in a restaurant, there's usually one common factor: people are looking at their phones. Internal medicine physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston dropped by Business Insider to talk about the science behind why we are constantly compelled to check our mobile devices. 

Ruston directed "Screenagers," a documentary about the excessive use of mobile devices among children and teenagers.

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10 etiquette mistakes no one should ever make at a dinner party


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Dinner-party etiquette, like most etiquette rules, is often lost or misunderstood.

Which — we think — is a shame, since it's so vitally important to all involved. After all, no one wants to make a fool of themselves.

Dinner parties also aren't just social occasions, as a boss or client may hold one unexpectedly and request your attendance on short notice.

Don't panic — it's a lot easier than it may seem to play the part.

Here are 10 things you must avoid doing if you're going to any kind of dinner party:

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Not responding to an invite until the last minute.

Not responding until the last minute says, "I was waiting for something better to come up, but since there isn't anything, I guess I can go."

Don't send that message — if you're not already busy, say yes immediately.

Showing up empty-handed.

Even if nothing is said, it is expected when showing up to someone's house for an event that you not come empty-handed.

A bottle of wine will almost certainly do the trick, no matter the occasion.

Showing up underdressed.

Don't think that just because you're among friends you can ignore the dress code. Show respect for the event's hosts and look the part expected of you.

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8 remarkable NYC public space transformations captured by Google Street View



Over the past century, New York City's streets have evolved dramatically.

These changes are especially apparent in archive photos recently uncovered by the New York Public Library. The collection contains prints from 1935 to 1936 by Berenice Abbott, a photographer who documented NYC's transformation over the previous century in her series "Changing New York."

Comparing her photos to Google Street View images reveals how the city's public spaces have changed up to today.

The city has "taken older infrastructure that no longer serves its original purpose, and we re-use it for new purposes," Jon Ritter, an urban design and architecture professor at New York University, tells Tech Insider. "The bones of the city are still there, but we're good at adapting it for what we want."

Take a look at these striking transformations.

In the early 20th century, most of New York's trains tracks were elevated, Ritter says. But by 1950, they were torn down. Here is the Jefferson Market Courthouse in Greenwich Village in 1935 and 2014.

In 1939, the tracks in front of the courthouse migrated underground with the creation of the subway, bringing more light to the street and increasing the value of the nearby real estate.

"It had a huge impact," Ritter says. "The trains were dirty and spewed coal and dirt."

The Gothic Revival-style courthouse was turned into a public library in 1958 because conservationists worried it would be demolished. It's now part of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission's Greenwich Village Historic District.

Elevated tracks also lived next to the Herald Times building in Herald Square until the early 20th century. Roads occupied a majority of the shopping plaza in 1935, but today, pedestrians hang out in the space.

Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, the city banned cars to create pedestrian-only plazas in Herald Square in 2009.

One thing that has remained for nearly a century: the many billboards plastered on the side of the mall.

Looking down 7th Avenue, six lanes of cars dominate the roads in 1935, but not so much today.

In 1954, the city re-oriented the avenue to travel southbound one-way. And in 1980, the city narrowed it to make room for a bike lane.

"The streets have always been crowded and continue to be," Ritter says. "But within the last decade, we've started to less of an emphasis on cars and more on bike and pedestrian space to create a landscape in the city."

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7 quirky cat behaviors and what they mean


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Nearly 100 million cats are kept as pets in the US.

My temperamental calico cat, Harlem, is one of them.

And while she's the only one I have, she embodies many of the most common, and most perplexing, cat stereotypes.

So why does she — and the tens of millions of cats like her — act that way?

In honor of National Pet Day, here are some explanations, backed by cat researchers, for why our feline friends behave the way they do.

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1. Why do cats sometimes suddenly bite or scratch the person who is petting them?

According to cat expert Arden Moore," your cat is trying to say, "kindly stop petting me or I will bite harder."

Dr. John Bradshaw says your cue to stop petting a cat may include tail-lashing, flattened ears, dilated pupils, and tense muscles.

Bradshaw also notes, that most cats like to be stroked on their heads and fewer than one in 10 cats like to be stroked on their belly or around their tail.

Source: Cat Sense, The Cat Behavior Answer BookScientific American Special Editions, September 2015

2. Why do cats intentionally knock objects off tables?

While some cats are clumsy, most cats intentionally knock items off of surfaces as a ploy to get their owner's attention.

"Sometimes they seem to do it for their own entertainment or because they have learned that this is a game that their owner seems to enjoy," Bradshaw explained.

Source: Scientific American Special Editions, September 2015

3. Why do cats look you straight in the eye and then slow blink?

Even though cats are considered masters at concealing their thoughts and emotions, they do try to show affection by slow blinking. Researchers call these slow blinks "kitty kisses."

Next time you notice that a cat is giving you this feline eyewink, try and slow blink back. More often than not, a cat will continue to slow blink with you.

 Source: Cat Sense, The Cat Behavior Answer Book, Petful

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A star broker from 'Million Dollar Listing New York' says this is the most important skill to have when selling high-end homes


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These days, you can catch Ryan Serhant as one of three real estate agents selling multimillion-dollar homes on Bravo's hit show "Million Dollar Listing New York". 

But it wasn't always Serhant's dream to get into real estate. 

He had moved to New York City with the hope of pursuing an acting career in 2006, but that turned out to be much more difficult than he anticipated.

He took a series of odd jobs — hand modeling, passing out flyers for Equinox — before suddenly finding himself down to his last several thousand dollars with no plan for what to do next. 

"It was either do something that made money, or go home to my parents in Colorado, and, like, paint fences for the rest of my life," Serhant told Business Insider. "I knew so many people in New York who would say they were going home to recharge, and that they'd come back eventually. But they never came back." 

Serhant joined Nest Seekers International as a broker on September 15, 2008, the very same day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. 

"It was terrifying for anyone who had money or who had been doing real estate for the last five years, when the market was great. The five years prior to 2008 is when the construction boom really started, and everyone became developers," Serhant said. "They were selling things that hadn't even closed yet, but the buildings just never got built, and all of their buyers rescinded their deposits." 

"Whereas I was just like, 'Real estate is really tough. Why is everyone so negative?' I made no money my first year. I was starting at the bottom like everyone else." 

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Serhant says that his failed acting career taught him how to cope with rejection, a valuable skill for anyone trying to sell expensive real estate during the recession. 

"Going into it, all I had was two brutal years of acting experience in the city, where I was being rejected because I was too tall or because they didn't like my face," he said. "I think I was a lot more ready for rejection than most real estate agents, and it really is an emotional roller coaster. You get a deal and everything's great, but then the deal falls through and you're miserable."

"But at least people weren't saying, 'Oh, I'm not going to buy that because I don't like your face.'" 

Fans of "Million Dollar Listing" are about to see a lot more of Serhant's face, as the show's fifth season is set to premiere April 21.

"This show is so hard to make," he said. "We shoot it almost year-round, and they follow me around as I try to sell really big properties that are not the easiest thing to sell." 

But, he says, the pressure of closing the deal and representing his company well on camera has done great things for his brand. Serhant and his team now list high-end homes all over Manhattan as well as in Los Angeles. 

"I look back and see that I made it happen because I freaked myself out, and I hustled and pushed," he said. "It has opened me up to a broader audience. Every time the show airs [abroad], someone calls my office saying they're looking to buy an investment property in New York." 

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It turns out his acting skills have also come in handy when closing those big deals.

"Everyone hangs out with friends who have their same problems. Misery loves company," he said. "You want to know a little about everything so that you can always carry a conversation, whether your client works on Wall Street, whether he's a doctor, whether she's an actress or works in music. Real estate starts as a financial decision, but at the end of the day, it's an emotional one." 

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Rupert Murdoch's $29 million West Village townhouse is back on the market after failing to sell last summer


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Rupert Murdoch is turning into a property flipping mogul — or he's trying to, anyway.

First he listed his One Madison penthouse in April of 2015 (which he'd only bought a year earlier and still has yet to sell), and now he's re-listing a West Village townhouse he bought just a year ago, according to Curbed.

Murdoch bought it for $25 million in March of 2015 and is now asking $28.9 million.

Dolly Lenz has the listing.

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Located at 278 West 11th Street, the 25-foot-wide townhouse was originally a bed and breakfast.

Murdoch converted it into a six-story mansion (counting the basement and roof deck) that is now "triple mint," "turn-key", and "ready to move in tomorrow", listing agent Dolly Lenz told Page Six.

Source: Page Six

If residents prefer not to take the winding sculptural staircase, a four-person elevator can take them between the various levels.

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This 96-year-old is graduating college after 69 years


Alfonso Gonzales, 96, will soon be the oldest person to graduate from University of Southern California, a school he first enrolled in nearly 70 years ago. Gonzales thought that he had completed his studies in zoology decades ago, but only recently found out that he was one credit short.

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