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    • IKEA is known for its inexpensive furniture, but assembling it can be a daunting task.
    • In 2017, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit, which lets users hire temporary workers through the TaskRabbit app to do things like assemble IKEA furniture. 
    • I recently used TaskRabbit to have my IKEA furniture built. Here's how it worked. 

    IKEA is known for carrying inexpensive furniture

    But there is a downside to shopping there — IKEA furniture is famously difficult to assemble. 

    To make the furniture assembly process easier, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit in 2017. TaskRabbit lets users hire temporary workers to deliver purchases, clean homes, and even assemble furniture. IKEA shoppers can hire a "tas ker" from the TaskRabbit app and website or through an employee in-store once they have purchased the products.

    The program offers fixed pricing for IKEA customers seeking someone to assemble furniture purchased from the furniture giant. It's separate from IKEA's delivery service and has to be booked through TaskRabbit. 

    I recently had IKEA furniture delivered and decided to put its TaskRabbit service to the test. I went to TaskRabbit's "IKEA Assembly" page, selected the furniture that I needed assembled, reserved a time, and that was it. While there were a few downsides, like having to plan around a long delivery window from IKEA, it was easy to use and overall made the process a lot smoother. 

    Here's what it's like to use.

    SEE ALSO: We compared Amazon's lockers and Walmart's pickup towers to see which one was easier to use — and there was a clear winner

    I was ordering a couch and coffee table from IKEA and selected delivery at checkout. The delivery fee was $39.



    After selecting delivery, I was given a 12-hour delivery window for the date I picked, with a note that it would be shortened to a four-hour window closer to the delivery time.



    At the bottom of the screen was an option to learn more about assembly services through TaskRabbit, which IKEA acquired in 2017.



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    One of the world's most ubiquitous beverage companies is powered by people like Miguel Santiago, a 66-year-old from the Bronx. Santiago has worked for Coca-Cola for 20 years.

    Every weekday, Santiago drives a truck full of Coca-Cola products to New York City's Penn Station. Along with his helper Louis Gonzales, who has worked for Coca-Cola for 18 years, he unloads the truck and stocks shelves.

    As a Liberty Coca-Cola spokesperson told Business Insider, each truck can hold up to 600 cases, and a case contains 24 bottles. That means that on any given day, they could be handling up to as many as 14,400 bottles.

    I followed the two around for a day to see what a day in their lives is like.

    SEE ALSO: 17 brands millennials loved that 'kids these days' avoid

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    My day started at 3:15 a.m., when I took a Lyft from my apartment in Brooklyn all the way up to the Liberty Coca-Cola distribution center in the Bronx.

    New York is a bit eerie at 3:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. For the city that never sleeps, my neighborhood was surprisingly desolate. 

    The trip from my apartment near Prospect Park to the Bronx took 30 minutes by car, but by public transit at that hour it would have taken more than an hour and a half. 

    I arrived at 4 a.m. to meet Santiago outside of his truck. He has a car and it only takes him about five minutes to drive to work.



    My first question for Santiago: Aren't you tired?

    Turns out, he loves the morning shift because it lets him spend time with his family after work. 

    He's on the quiet side, but he was keen to talk about his granddaughter, who just celebrated her 16th birthday. 

    "She never misses a day of school, even when she's sick she goes to school," Santiago said. "We want her to go to college. I know she has to take some tests."

    There's only one problem with his schedule: He has to go to bed at 8 p.m. and misses watching sports. His favorite sport is baseball and follows the Mets. "They stink," Santiago admitted. 



    Santiago's truck changes every day, and his vehicle is already loaded by the time he gets in at 4 a.m. He just needs to load carts in the truck and do some final checks.

    By 4:30 a.m., Santiago had received his truck assignment and was checking that all of the stock was there, in addition to checking the engine and loading the truck with carts.

    The whole process took under an hour.

    He sees a different set of customers every day. Mondays and Tuesdays are the busiest as customers are stocking up for the week. Fridays are busy too, because they're stocking up for the weekend.



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    New York City skyline

    Wealthy people live in every state in the US — but some states are more charitable than others.

    The IRS publishes data about the number of people who itemize their tax returns every year, and how many people claim which deductions by state and by income bracket.

    To arrive at the rankings, we looked at the people who itemized and made between $500,000 and $1 million, and more than $1 million in the year 2016 (the most recent one for which we have data). We looked at how many claimed the itemized deduction for charitable giving. The IRS also indicates how much money was claimed to be donated. Using that information, we could figure out the average claimed donation per $500,000+ income tax return per state.

    Here, in ascending order, are the top 26 most charitable states plus Washington DC.

    SEE ALSO: The happiest states in the US, ranked

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    26: Illinois

    Average annual charitable contribution: $62,328.16
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%



    25: Texas

    Average annual charitable contribution:$64,512.10
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%



    24: Vermont

    Average annual charitable contribution: $65,926.79
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%



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    tovala 1020

    • Tovala has created a smart oven and meal-kit service intended to simplify home cooking.
    • The oven is a countertop machine that essentially combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster.
    • We got a chance to test it out — here's what it was like.

    Meal kits have become one of the biggest trends in food retail in recent years, with dozens of new companies cropping up and even traditional retailers jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on time-strapped consumers who are seeking easy, healthy meals.

    But the backlash has already begun. Some say the market is oversaturated with meal-kit options, and industry innovators such as Blue Apron have found themselves losing customers.

    Tovala, a gourmet meal-kit service that uses a smart oven, is hoping to swoop in and woo these customers on the assumption that they still crave good food and convenience.

    The Tovala oven is a countertop machine that combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster. The oven is Wi-Fi-enabled and connects to an app with hundreds of recipes. The user simply needs to select a recipe on the app or scan the barcode on one of the service's prepared meals, and the oven will then do all of the work.

    In February, Tovala received an undisclosed amount of funding from the food giant Tyson Foods. The capital raised was to be used to support Tovala's growth, including adding staff across all departments, geographic expansion, and investment in product, operations, technology, and marketing, Tovala said in a press release at the time.

    On Tuesday, Tovala launched its new and improved second-generation machine, which is lighter than its predecessor and has a new function that enables users to cook without using the app. The first machine was rolled out in 2017.

    Find out how it works below:

    SEE ALSO: These are the brands that blew up in 2018

    The new oven works in the same way as the original version. There are two options: to cook independently using the machine or to subscribe to its prepared meal kits.

    There are two main differences between the two models: The new model is 15% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and users are now able to cook on the oven without having to use the app.

    According to the company's CEO, David Rabie, not being able to use the oven without the app was one of the biggest complaints customers had about the original version. 



    If you opt for the meal kits, you have the choice between three, four, six, eight, nine, or 12 meals a week.

    Customers who sign up for 100 Tovala meals within the first 12 months of their purchase are eligible for $100 off the oven. 

    The oven itself costs $349 and comes with a 180-day return policy. 

     



    Each meal costs $12 and is meant to feed one person. If you're ordering as a couple or feeding a family, you'd need to order more of each variety.

    Customers are required to pick which meals they want on a Wednesday for the following Monday. 

    There are eight meals to choose from each week. 

     



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    elevated acre

    • Elevated Acre is a tiny, secluded park that sits on top of a parking garage in downtown Manhattan.
    • Although the park covers just one acre, it offers incredible views of New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge, and it's one of the few places in the Financial District where you can get some peace and quiet.
    • I visited Elevated Acre and discovered exactly why it's considered one of New York's best-kept secrets.

    New York City is notoriously overcrowded — and there's arguably nowhere in the city more congested than downtown Manhattan during business hours.

    Business Insider's office is right in the thick of it, located in Manhattan's Financial District, just steps away from Wall Street and the World Trade Center. It's often a struggle to walk to a nearby restaurant or subway station without bumping into strangers, squeezing in between parked cars, or awkwardly sidestepping around tourists who stop to take a picture.

    It's definitely not what comes to mind when you think "peace and quiet."

    Related:In Brunei, a tiny nation built on oil money, half the capital city's population lives in an otherworldly 'water village' where thousands of houses stand on monsoon-proof stilts

    So when I heard about the Elevated Acre, a park in downtown Manhattan considered one of the borough's best-kept secrets, I had to see it to believe it.

    The park, built in 2005, sits on top of a parking garage and is sandwiched in between two FiDi office buildings on Water Street. It's not far from the much more famous Battery Park, where tourist ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

    I headed down to the Elevated Acre on a breezy Tuesday afternoon, and was surprised by how few people were there. The secluded, one-acre park offered impressive views of New York Harbor and Brooklyn, not to mention some much-needed quiet time above the chaos of Manhattan.

    Here's what one of Manhattan's hidden gems is like in person:

    SEE ALSO: 22 free things to do in New York City

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    Manhattan is famously overcrowded, especially during business hours. It can be hard to find peace and quiet.



    But the Elevated Acre seemed to offer that, from what I'd read. I headed down to Water Street in Manhattan's Financial District to see it for myself.



    The park is walking distance from downtown hotspots like Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and Battery Park.



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    seaport district townhouse nyc

    • The widest room in a narrow New York City townhouse is just 10 feet wide — and it's selling for $5 million.
    • The exterior of the Lower Manhattan home measures just under 13 feet, a Douglas Elliman agent told Business Insider.
    • Real estate developers are building more super-narrow townhouses in leftover space from larger projects, The Wall Street Journal reported.

     

    A Lower Manhattan townhouse that measures 10 feet wide inside is about to go on sale for $5 million.

    The exterior of the newly-built industrial-looking house in Manhattan's historic South Street Seaport district is just under 13 feet wide. But listing agent Gordon von Broock of Douglas Elliman said the home was designed with its size constraints in mind.

    "There's high ceilings, very low profile, there's no moldings or anything that sticks out," he told Business Insider. "Everything's very clean. I think it just feels — I wouldn't say spacious — but it feels like a normal room."

    Real estate developers in New York City are starting to build more and more ultra-narrow townhouses, often to use up leftover space from larger projects, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    "There's only so much land that can be sold and developed and, at some point, people are finding unique ways to build — and more creative ways," von Broock told Business Insider.

    The Seaport townhouse was built on leftover land from a five-unit condo building on the same lot developed by Andreas Giacoumis, according to the Journal. Once the city building department gives the townhouse its own official address of 267 ½ Water Street, it will be ready to close a sale, von Broock said — although they've already been showing the home.

    The developer, Giacoumis, told the Journal that "small spaces are the way of the future."

    Here's a look inside the narrow, ultra-modern home. 

    SEE ALSO: New York City has more penthouses available than it can fill — and it suggests a change in the way wealthy people are looking at luxury real estate

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    The Manhattan townhouse measures 10 feet wide on the inside and just under 13 feet on the exterior. It's about to go on the market for $5 million.

    Source: Douglas Elliman



    The townhouse looks particularly narrow when viewed head-on: It's sandwiched between two wider buildings. Its facade is made up of glass and steel columns.

    Source: Douglas Elliman, The Wall Street Journal



    The home is in New York's Seaport District, which listing agent Gordon von Broock says is an up-and-coming neighborhood that reminds him of the early days of Tribeca or the Meatpacking District's popularity. "The biggest thing that would be attractive to buyers is living in that area," he told Business Insider.

    Source: Douglas Elliman



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    Red Lobster Endless Shrimp 2018

    • We spent six hours at Red Lobster, eating as many shrimp as we possibly could to celebrate Shrimpsgiving 2018.
    • We consumed 350 shrimp as part of the chain's Endless Shrimp deal, our thirdyear in a row stuffing ourselves with shrimp for hours.   
    • But, as the hours rolled on, we realized — we'll never shrimp again. Here's why. 

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

    It was Endless Shrimp. 

    For three years, we have consumed the pink jewels of the ocean. For three years, we have spent one long day gorging ourselves, striving to meet new goals and best our shrimpy limits. And, for three years, we have succeeded. 

    Read more:We went to Red Lobster's $21.99 Endless Shrimp to see if it's really unlimited

    But this year, it wasn't easy. 

    We ventured to Red Lobster for our annual Endless Shrimp outing two months ago. This year, unlike years past, we struggled to keep the holiday spirit in our hearts at Shrimpsgiving and in the weeks that followed. Against the backdrop of our familiar booth and all-too-familiar Mumford & Sons soundtrack, we craved... change. 

    Let us take you on a journey that we have gone on before. But this time, it is the same, yet so different:

    SEE ALSO: This popular Southern taco chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but on a recent visit, we were thoroughly impressed by the restaurant. Here's what it was like.

    The familiar intersection: the corner of 7th Avenue and 41st Street, a spot we rarely visit except to pay tribute on Shrimpsgiving.



    The red lobster himself loomed above, seemingly saying, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."



    And for another year, Endless Shrimp was resurrected, a shrimpy Lazarus.



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    EmiratesEconomy2 4x3

    • The Airbus A380 superjumbo is the largest and most expensive commercial airliner in history.
    • It once promised to revolutionize air travel with unprecedented luxury, but it turned out to be mostly a bust for Airbus.
    • The biggest A380 customer is Emirates Airlines, which operates 101 A380s and ordered an additional $16 billion worth of A380s in January.
    • I'd never flown on an Airbus A380 or on Emirates Airlines. On a recent trip to Dubai, I decided to try them both out with an economy-class ticket for the 13-hour flight from New York to Dubai.

    The Airbus A380 was supposed to be the plane of the future.

    With a price tag of $445.6 million and room for as many as 800 passengers, the A380 was designed to be a game-changer for the aviation industry in the same way the Boeing 747 was in the 1970s.

    But not a lot of Airbus' ambitions have panned out. For most of the A380’s decade in service, Airbus has struggled to find airlines willing to put the A380 into service.

    Except for Emirates, an airline ranked as the Middle East’s largest, the world’s fourth largest, and rated the fourth best in the world.

    Emirates operates 101 A380s, the most of any airline. In January, the airline ordered an additional 20 A380s, with an option for 16 additional jets. The deal, which single-handedly kept Airbus’ A380 program afloat, is worth $16 billion.

    Read More: I flew 16 hours nonstop in economy class on one of United Airlines' busiest international routes.

    As a travel nut, I’ve always wanted to fly on an A380 and on Emirates Airlines. I’d heard excellent things about both, with many likening the experience to a throwback to the "golden age" of air travel.

    When I was booking my trip to Dubai, I decided to splurge on the 13-hour nonstop economy-class ticket for a cool $1,145. Surprisingly, it was the same price for a round trip as a one-way.

    Read on to see what I thought of my flight on Emirates Airlines, departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for Dubai International Airport, operated on an Airbus A380.

    SEE ALSO: The incredible history of the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, which went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 years

    DON'T MISS: One of the best airlines in the world is one you've probably never heard of — here's what it's like to fly Air Astana

    Good morning! After a hellish commute to the airport, I arrived at the gate a bit after 10:00 a.m. Luckily, they hadn't even started boarding.



    That meant I had time to run and grab some pork buns from a nearby food kiosk — $4.50 apiece is no joke!



    I had checked in online and had a mobile boarding pass, but an Emirates staffer informed everyone that those without printed passes had to get one printed at the desk. So much for saving time.



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    coty 2018 masked 4x3

    • Business Insider is set to announce the winner of our 2018 Car of the Year award.
    • Each year, 15 finalists are selected from the more than 60 cars, trucks, and SUVs we tested during the year.
    • From those 15, we have whittled the pack down to five runners-up and one winner.
    • Brands represented this year include Lincoln, Ferrari, Jaguar, Subaru, and Tesla
    • The winner of Business Insider's 2018 Car of the Year winner will be announced on Monday, November 19. 

    With autumn's arrival comes time for Business Insider to announce the winner of our fifth annual Car of the Year award.

    In 2014 the Corvette Stingray was our winner. In 2015 it was the Volvo XC90. In 2016 the Acura NSX captured the trophy. And for 2017 we chose the Porsche Panamera.

    This year, we tested more than 60 cars, trucks, and SUVs. From those, we have selected 15 finalists. Now, we've whittled the finalists down to five runners-up and one winner which we'll announce on November 19. 

    Our methodology is straightforward, focused on basic questions:

    • Is there a strong business case for the vehicle?
    • Did our reviewers agree that the vehicle should be included? We have to come to a consensus, even though we might disagree on some particulars.
    • Was the vehicle objectively excellent? There has to be some sort of wow! factor.
    • Did the vehicle stand out from the sea of competition, particularly when it comes to technology? A Car of the Year finalist has to be special.
    • Can we strongly recommend buying or leasing the car? We demand to know whether we'd buy the vehicle ourselves if we had the resources.

    The five runners-up come from a variety of background and a wide range of market segments from family SUVs to a V12-powered supercar. There also a pair of highly impressive EVs — one is a sedan while the other is a compact crossover. 

    So here they are, the five runners-up for Business Insider's 2018 Car of the Year:

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    2018 Lincoln Navigator

    Engine tested: 3.5-liter, 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 

    Base price: $73,000

    Why it's here: Matt DeBord reviewed the 4x4 Reserve trim level of the Navigator, tipping the price scales at $90,000, and understood why Lincoln can't build the big SUV fast enough to satisfy demand:

    With the new Navigator, following the debut of the flagship Continental sedan, Lincoln has nearly completed its comeback in the luxury market. Navigator was an important part of this process, and Lincoln has basically done everything right. The classic has been updated, gracefully, without sacrificing its functionality. It now stacks up much better against the Cadillac Escalade, and Caddy will be under pressure to keep pace.

    If really, really big rides are your bag, you can't go wrong with the 2018 Navigator. Lincoln created this segment, and it's clear that they still know exactly what they're doing.



    2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

    Engine tested: 6.5-liter, 789-horsepower V12

    Base price: $335,000

    Why it's here: In his review of the 812 Superfast, Matt DeBord had this to say about his new favorite Ferrari:

    At the legal speed limit in the 812 Superfast, you've barely roused the beast. On the freeway, you can finesse the throttle to dance the 6.5-liter under the hood — a bump in displacement from the F12's 6.3-liter — enjoying the snarls and growls, or you can shift gears yourself, using the elegant carbon-fiber paddles behind the steering wheel, and feel the snaps and jerks, the kicks to your spine and sternum, as you deploy the G-forces.

    For what it's worth, this glorious machine was also Business Insider's first yellow Ferrari, and at an as-tested price of $474,000, it was one of the most expensive vehicles we've ever reviewed. 



    2019 Jaguar I-PACE

    Engine tested: Dual electric motors, producing 394 horsepower; 90kWh battery pack, with a range of 234 miles on a single charge

    Base price: $69,500 (before tax incentives)

    Why it's here: The much-awaited Tesla competitor is a winner, according to Ben Zhang. 

    In his review of our Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE tester, he wrote:

    After a week with the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, we came away impressed.

    The Jag is engaging to drive with a luxurious and modern cabin. Its styling is modern yet maintains many of the striking design cues that make Jaguar stand out. However, the I-PACE isn't perfect. Its styling can be polarizing. While the raked rear hatch cuts into the crossover's car capacity. In addition, the 5.6 inches ground clearance will limit its off-road capability.

    In spite of its imperfections, we found the Jag to be a really fun, stylish, and likable car that's easy to live with.

    Jaguar has been on a roll in recent years with a string of hits including the F-Type sports car, the XF sedan, and the F-PACE SUV.



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    Having millions of dollars in backing from venture capitalists doesn't guarantee the longevity of a startup.

    Even well-established private companies are at constant risk of failure, as evidenced by some of the startups that went out of business this year. PitchBook compiled data on the 25 most valuable startups that failed in 2018; three of these companies have been around for more than 20 years and were still forced to shutter.

    Startups in the healthcare industry took a big hit — seven companies on the list are in the medical sector.

    The list is headed by Theranos, the blood-testing company, whose $9 billion valuation was greater than those of all the other startups on the list combined.

    Here are the 25 most valuable VC-backed startups that failed in 2018:

    SEE ALSO: The 25 most valuable private tech companies in the US

    25. SDCmaterials — automobile nanotechnology

    Year founded: 2004

    Maximum valuation: $48 million

    Amount raised: $26 million

    Read more about SDCmaterials on PitchBook.



    24. Senzari — music and entertainment data intelligence

    Year founded: 2010

    Maximum valuation: $52 million

    Amount raised: $13 million

    Read more about Senzari on PitchBook.



    23. Industrial Origami — industrial material manufacturer

    Year founded: 2003

    Maximum valuation: $58 million

    Amount raised: $41 million

    Read more about Industrial Origami on PitchBook.



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    HouseofYesT9

    • Time Out recently released its list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now. Brooklyn's House of Yes nightclub came in at second.
    • The nightclub is known for wild parties with strange themes, circus performers, burlesque dancers, and more.
    • I partied there last fall and found it to be a sensory overload of colorful costumes, pulsating beats, and dancers flying through the air. Needless to say, I was anything but bored.

    Earlier this week, Time Out released its list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now. Coming in at second on the list is Brooklyn's very own House of Yes nightclub, a place that strives to be somewhere where just about anything can happen.

    Opened in 2015, the club is the brainchild of New York artists Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova. On any given night, party-goers might encounter trance DJs, aerialists, circus performers, marching bands, burlesque dancers, magicians, and tarot card readers.

    The club is notorious for out-there parties with themes like Prohibition Disco, House of Love, and Bad Behavior. Costumes are just about required for any party at House of Yes, which makes sure things get weird.

    It's likely that sense of wonder, discovery, and sheer craziness that led Time Out to put the club at the top of the list, which was curated by the publication's global editors based on 5,000 recommendations in 400 destinations from travelers around the world.

    Last November, I headed to House of Yes to attend the "Ancient Aliens" party and talk with Burke and Sapozhnikova.

    SEE ALSO: Inside the secret masquerade yacht party that brings the wildest techies and Wall Streeters together for a night of debauchery

    DON'T MISS: We partied at the exclusive, sexy Hong Kong party with the art world’s elite on a 62,000-square-foot floating restaurant

    House of Yes is located at the Jefferson L Train stop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Bushwick is a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood that has seen an influx of artists and young professionals over the last decade.



    The place is hard to miss. The space, opened on New Year's Eve 2015, used to be a laundromat. House of Yes raised the ceilings and added all the lighting, sound, and theatre equipment you could imagine.



    HoY grew out of NYC's Do-It-Yourself and Burning Man scenes, starting in a rundown loft in 2007 before moving to a warehouse a year later. The warehouse closed in 2014 due to rising rents. A year later they partnered with artists and nightlife veterans Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont to launch the Bushwick space.

    Burke and Sapozhnikova never went to school for theatre or hospitality. When they first moved to New York at 19, they started working at legendary parties in the DIY scene like Rubulad and The Danger. 

    As part of those experiences they learned everything from theatre directing to acting, lighting, costume design, set design, and everything else involved in making live events. 

    Then they started developing those skills through their own events and parties at the various iterations of House of Yes.



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    eisenhower dday

    In the short history of our country, the United States rose to global military dominance — yeah, I said it. Come at me, China.

    But the road to the top was paved with the blood of good men and women. Looking back, there are some pivotal battles we remember with solemn pride and a little bit of hoo-rah.

    Let's check out 10 of the most intense battles in United States history.

    SEE ALSO: These are the 15 countries with the most troops ready to fight tonight

    10. The Battle of Chosin

    The Battle of Chosin Reservoir was one of the defining battles of the Korean War and the stuff of legend in the Marine Corps.

    In the Fall of 1950, U.N. Forces under the command of General MacArthur had almost captured the entirety of North Korea when they were attacked by thousands of Chinese Communist soldiers. The U.S. X Corps was forced to retreat and by mid-November the 1st Marine Division and elements of the 7th Infantry Division found themselves surrounded, outnumbered, and at risk of annihilation in the high North Korean Mountains at the Chosin Reservoir. Their only way out was a fighting retreat back to the coast.

    Although as Chesty Puller put it, they weren't retreating, they were "fighting in the opposite direction."

    Over the course of the next 17 days, the Marines and soldiers fought the Chinese — and bouts of frostbite — with fierce determination and epic endurance. They broke through the enemy's encirclement and even rebuilt a bridge the Chinese destroyed using prebuilt bridge sections dropped by the U.S. Air Force.

    By the end of the battle, the U.S. Marines suffered 836 dead and roughly 10,000 wounded. The Army had 2,000 dead and 1,000 wounded. The Chinese had the most catastrophic losses. Six out of their ten divisions were wiped out and only one would ever see combat again. Although exact numbers are not known, historians estimate that anywhere between 30,000 and 80,000 Chinese were killed.

    Although technically a loss for the Marines, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir lives on in memory as an example of the Marine fighting spirit and the ability to find strength even when the odds are stacked against them.



    9. The Battle of Antietam

    A year and a half into the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln needed a Union victory. He finalized the Emancipation Proclamation during the summer but his cabinet feared it would be too difficult to enforce after a string of northern losses, including the Second Battle of Bull Run (known as the Battle of Manassas to the rebels).

    Lincoln charged Major General George B. McClellan with the defense of Washington D.C. against Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North. Earlier in the month, Lee divided his men, sending General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to capture Harper's Ferry. Following Jackson's success, Lee decided to make a stand in Maryland at Antietam Creek.

    After two days of posturing, fighting began early in the morning on Sep. 17, 1862, and lasted well past sundown, with staggering casualties on both sides and no ground gained. The next day, both armies gathered their dead and wounded and Lee retreated south.

    It was the bloodiest one day battle in American history, with 23,000 casualties from both sides and nearly 4,000 dead.

    Sticking with the Civil War, let's move on:



    8. The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg was not only the largest battle of the Civil War, it remains the largest battle ever fought in North America.

    Confederate General Robert E. Lee had just won a decisive victory against Union General George Meade's Army of the Potomac in Virginia. Wanting to capitalize on the recent victory, Lee led his troops on a second invasion into the Northern states to defeat the Union on their own soil and hopefully gain recognition of the confederacy by European countries.

    General George Meade's Army of the Potomac pursued Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the two forces met near Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. The Confederates outnumbered the Yankees at roughly 30,000 to 18,000. By the end of the first day, the Yankees were forced to retreat through town to cemetery ridge and Culp's Hill.

    By the next day, both sides had gained reinforcements. Meade now had roughly 94,000 soldiers in a fish hook formation, allowing him to successfully move troops from one front to another. Lee had roughly 72,000 soldiers wrapped around the fish hook.

    The Confederates attacked first but at the end of the second day, the Union defense lines held strong.

    On the 3rd day, Lee tried an aggressive attack to crush the federals. He sent General Pickett with approximately 12,500 men to crush the Union Army with a direct charge.

    It turned out to be one of Lee's most ill-fated decisions. Fifty percent of Pickett's men were wounded or killed and the rest of his troops were forced to retreat.

    On July 4th, Lee and his men waited for the Yankees to attack — but they didn't.

    That night the Northern Army of Virginia began its retreat back to the South. His train of wounded men stretched 14 miles long. Lee's greatest opportunity became his greatest failure and his hopes of European recognition for the Confederacy — and a quick end to the war — were dashed.

    Casualties were high on both sides. The Union suffered around 23,000 casualties while the South suffered 28,000 — more than a third of Lee's army.

    The battle was the deadliest in the Civil War and prompted Lincoln's iconic Gettysburg address four and a half months later at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

    Although the fighting continued for nearly two more years, Gettysburg was an irrevocable turning point in the war in the Union's favor.



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    New York City micro apartment

    In New York, a city where the average apartment rent is $3,600 a month, many residents don't mind living in a tiny space to save extra cash. There's just one problem: Microapartments are technically illegal under the city's 1987 zoning laws, which require dwellings to have an area of at least 400 square feet.

    That leaves two options for people who want a small space: find an apartment built before 1987, or turn to one of the newer developments that have secured a special waiver from the city.

    Even as the city's regulations make microliving somewhat difficult, the trend has taken off in neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

    Despite their minimal square footage, these newer apartments offer innovative design features like hidden drawers and closets, along with luxury amenities like butler services and rentable ice-cream makers.

    But for the thousands of residents who live in older microapartments, the lifestyle can be somewhat dismal. Take a look.

    SEE ALSO: 32 crazy photos of micro-apartments from around the world

    READ MORE: Manhattan’s first micro-apartments just won a prestigious design award — here’s what it’s like to spend a night in one

    If space isn't an issue, microapartments can lend a more glamorous lifestyle at a lower price.



    This loft on the Upper West Side features multi-level platforms with a small bathroom hidden beneath the stairs.



    The loft is at the top of a six-story brownstone, with access to a rooftop garden.



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    The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us.

    And, occasionally, New York City acknowledges the delightful mystery surrounding its 24-hour transportation system. The annual "Holiday Nostalgia" train line, seen above, is a perfect example of this.

    The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from several different eras, runs for a few weekends each year — from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, only on Sundays. It costs the same $2.75 as any subway ride.

    So what'd we do? We got on the train and took a ride, of course! This is what it's like.

    SEE ALSO: New York City subway cars are cleaned by hand — and it takes one person 3 and a half hours to do it

    I got on at the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan — when I snapped these photos in 2016, the train ran between the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan and the Queens Plaza stop in Queens.

    In 2018, the holiday train is running on the F line starting at the 2nd Av station, and via the A/C/D line from the 125th St station. It makes a handful of stops at major stations along the way — like Columbus Circle and Herald Square — "as an ode to the holiday shopping season,"



    As you can see from 2016's schedule, the train ran throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at about 5 p.m. It's similar in 2018, but there are a few changes.

    The schedule is slightly different for 2018. According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the train "will depart from 2nd Avenue on the F line in Lower Manhattan and run along 6th Avenue in Manhattan to 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center before heading up the Central Park West line, where the train will stop at 59th St – Columbus Circle before making its way up to 125th St on the A/C/D lines in Harlem."



    Even though we arrived at 12:30, there were already a bunch of people waiting — some were clearly tourists; others were clearly New Yorkers.



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    Apple now allows you to download all the data it keeps about you, your purchases, and how you interact with Apple services.

    It started providing an easy way for European users to request this data earlier this year because of GDPR, a European privacy regulation, but now the website is available to Americans, too.

    So last week, I requested what Apple knows about me after 10 years of heavily using Apple products. After five days, Apple sent me an email with download links to nearly 17 GB of data including my entire iCloud drive. On the website, you can also ask Apple to correct what it knows about you and delete your account. 

    Apple has aggressively positioned itself as the tech giant that's most aligned with users on security and privacy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has even gone so far to say that privacy is a human right. So Apple's user data interface needs to be stellar to match up with its rhetoric.

    Here's what it was like: 

    SEE ALSO: Apple is distancing itself again from Google and Facebook with a new privacy website

    Turns out, it's easy to access Apple's new user data portal. Start at privacy.apple.com. Then, you'll be asked for your Apple ID and password.



    Once you're in, you have a few options, including downloading your data, correcting your data, and deactivating or deleting your account.



    Today, we're requesting a copy of our data. So click on the button that says "request a copy of your data."

    Apple will tell you all the different kinds of data that it has on you, along with the formats they come in. It will ask what's the largest file size you can handle. 



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    • Costco membership can go to some people's heads, according to workers.
    • Business Insider reached out to 49 Costco employees to find out what they wish they could tell shoppers but can't.
    • Common requests were to control your kids, hang up your phone, and help unload the cart.

    Costco membership comes with some obvious perks — namely, access to the retail chain and its food court.

    But according to dozens of Costco workers who spoke with Business Insider, being a member doesn't entitle you to do whatever you want.

    While Costco made Glassdoor's list of best places to work in 2017, employees still had several complaints about shoppers' rude and inconvenient behavior.

    Business Insider spoke to 49 Costco employees about the things they want to tell members but can't. Some of their responses focused on obvious problems, like members being mean and inconsiderate. But some of the tips were more instructive.

    Here's what they had to say.

    SEE ALSO: 8 Costco food court menu items employees swear by

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    Have your membership card ready at the door

    "Concentrate on handing me your membership card instead of telling me a story," a Costco employee in Minnesota told Business Insider. "I can listen to your story as I do whatever you need me to do, but I can't do that until I have your membership card."



    Don't trash the warehouse

    A Costco employee from Arizona told Business Insider that they wanted to tell members to stop leaving "sample cups all over the floor.""Don't be rude," the employee said. "Clean after yourself."



    Put back items you've picked up

    "Please put back that item that you just threw there," a Costco worker from California told Business Insider. "It doesn't belong there."

    Eight other Costco employees also told Business Insider that they judged members who left products strewn about the store.



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    • Thirty-two American students have been offered the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in the fall of 2019.
    • This year's group includes 21 women, which is the most ever in a single Rhodes class; almost half of the 32 winners are immigrants or first-generation Americans.
    • Find out more about these students below.

    Thirty-two ambitious American students have been offered the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and will be heading to study at Oxford University in the fall of 2019.

    The scholarship – famously won by Bill Clinton, Cory Booker, and Rachel Maddow — pays for two to three years of post-graduate study at Oxford University in England.

    This year's winners were selected from a pool of 880 applicants, whom their colleges and universities nominated for their academic excellence, ambition, and promise of leadership.

    "We seek outstanding young men and women of intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service," Elliot F. Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a statement on Saturday.

    This year's group includes 21 women, which is the most ever in a single Rhodes class; almost half of the 32 winners are immigrants or first-generation Americans. Duke, Princeton, and Yale universities each had three Rhodes scholars.

    Find out more about the winners below.

    Eren Orbey, computer science and English language/literature senior at Yale University

    Orbey has won many Yale literature prizes for writing in both English and French and is a regular contributor to the New Yorker.

    He is currently writing a book that draws on his tragic experience as a young boy witnessing his father's murder in Ankara, Turkey.

    Orbey plans to do a master's degree in global and imperial history and in world literatures in English.



    Sarah Tress, mechanical engineering senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Tress has been focused on developing solutions to improve lives across the developing world. She created Loop, and inflatable wheelchair seat cushion, that aims to prevent wheelchair users from developing sores.

    At Oxford, Sarah will pursue the master of philosophy in development studies.



    Nicolette C. D’Angelo, classics senior at Princeton University

    D’Angelo is the editor-in-chief of The Nassau Literary Review, Princeton's undergraduate literary magazine. She also teaches Latin to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Princeton Young Achievers.

    At Oxford, she will do a master of studies in Classics.



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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for season nine, episode seven of "The Walking Dead,""Stradivarius."

    Michonne "murdered" a violin, Enid and Tara are alive and well at the Hilltop, and Eugene's stuck in a barn somewhere, hopefully.

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" may not have had as much action as previous weeks, but AMC's zombie drama set up a lot for next week's mid-season finale and gave us a much-needed heart-to-heart between Daryl and Carol.

    This week's breakdown doesn't focus so much on callbacks to previous episodes and the comics. Instead, INSIDER spoke with episode director Michael Cudlitz, who played Abraham on the show, to get some inside knowledge on Sunday's episode. Keep reading to see what you may have missed on "Stradivarius."

    The opening sequence with Rosita running through the woods was partially inspired by "The Blair Witch Project."

    Cudlitz said his idea for the opening sequence was to make a mini movie.  

    "We shot a ton of footage," Cudlitz told INSIDER. "But the idea behind it was I didn't want the audience to know what was happening at all. I want them to be discovering it as she was discovering it."

    The final opening sequence we see is under a minute. Cudlitz says what he put together was maybe a full two minutes.

    "One of the things that popped into my mind was 'The Blair Witch Project,'" said Cudlitz. "I wanted a 'Blair Witch Project' feel to that opening sequence, where you really felt like you were there with her, not watching it happen to her, but also having it happen to you. So we shot a bunch of stuff, where we were running with her, and following her, and tracking her in the woods."

    Cudlitz said Christian Serratos, who plays Rosita, ran with a small camera attached to her, and that he wanted it to look and feel very personal to her as her character was on the verge of passing out. 

     



    If you were wondering about this week's episode title, "Stradivarius," it's tied to a very particular violin, but has a much larger statement for society.

    "Stradivarius, [are] probably the most beautiful violins ever made, certainly the most expensive," said Cudlitz. "The juxtaposition of that fact in this world, always struck me. It's something that in our world right now has a tremendous amount of value, but in that world [of 'The Walking Dead'] would have zero, except for the fact that it's connected to music, which has a tremendous amount of value."

    On Sunday's episode, Michonne destroys one of these violins that Luke (Dan Fogler), a former music teacher, is holding.

    "You can look at it and go, 'Well who the hell cares? It's Stradivarius, but who cares in this world?' And I think that Dan's character gives us that talk about what music, and art, and poetry mean," Cudlitz continued. "It's so significant to society. It is one of the first things that we lose when things get tight, either financially, or there's not enough time to do something. The first thing that goes is what we consider these things that are extra, which is music, art, and poetry. But it's one of the defining things that makes us who we are, makes it so we can survive as a people and come together as a group and strive and, as he puts it, thrive as humanity."

    "That is what separates us from other creatures, is our ability to build things, to talk about things, to share stories, to make music," he added. "And our ability to do those things is only intensified by our ability to work with each other in doing those things, because we do make each other better."



    Jesus is listening to records from Georgie, the mysterious woman who was introduced briefly last season.

    When the Hilltop is introduced we can hear the song "April Skies" by The Jesus and Mary Chain. It turns out that's one of Georgie's records Jesus has borrowed. 

    Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) is the woman Maggie came across on season eight, episode 12, "The Key." She wanted to trade plans for the new world in exchange for some food and records. 

    Earlier this season, Jesus hinted Maggie may go and join Georgie's group. Georgie had been writing letters to Maggie to persuade her to join along on her adventure. It looks like something pretty significant happened to make her change her mind. 

    Atkinson told INSIDER earlier this year that Georgie, who she believes to be a historian and professor, has a good reason to want to preserve music.

    "Maybe she's communicating that creativity and artistry is so important to a surviving and thriving world. As you know, when things start to get very difficult and try to skew towards the more conservative, there is sometimes a desire to shut down the arts and not fund the arts and not fund creativity, because that's where consciousness lies," Atkinson said. "That's where evolution and change lie, in our imagination. We have the best gift on the planet at the imagination. And you can't buy it, you can try to co-opt it. But you can't shut it down. You can't ever shut it down. But there is always a movement to do that. So maybe that's the message."

    It's very similar to what Cudlitz had to say about music.



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    • Wage growth has been dismal for many American workers, despite signs of a strong economy. 
    • The federal poverty line in America is $25,100, except in Alaska and Hawaii, where it's $31,380 and $28,870, respectively.
    • To better understand what it means to be "poor" in each state, we calculated the income it takes to be at the poverty level in every state based on buying power.

    Wage growth has been dismal for many American workers, despite signs of a strong economy. 

    According to the United States Census Bureau, 12.3% of the US population is living in poverty, which means they're earning below $25,100, except in Alaska and Hawaii, where it's $31,380 and $28,870, respectively.

    But cost of living varies from state to state, so in order to better understand what it means to be "poor" in each state, we used data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis that indicates how far $100 goes in each state, known as buying power. For example, a person in New York needs to spend $115.60 to get the same goods that a person in Delaware pays $100 for, whereas a Mississippi resident would pay $86.

    Based on this buying power, we then calculated how much a family of four actually to needs to make to be at the poverty line. Based on the example above, a New York family must earn $29,016 to have the buying power of a typical American family at the poverty line, whereas the threshold for a Delaware or Mississippi family is lower — $25,677 and $21,686, respectively.

    Below, see what's considered "poor" in every state, ranked from lowest to highest salary needed to be at the poverty line based on buying power.

    SEE ALSO: How much you have to earn to be considered rich in every state

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    51. Mississippi

    Money needed to buy $100 nationally: $86.40

    Poverty line: $25,100

    Salary needed to be at poverty line based on buying power: $21,686

     

     

     



    50. Alabama

    Money needed to buy $100 nationally: $86.60

    Poverty line: $25,100

    Salary needed to be at poverty line based on buying power: $21,737



    49. Arkansas

    Money needed to buy $100 nationally: $86.90

    Poverty line: $25,100

    Salary needed to be at poverty line based on buying power: $21,812



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    • The most powerful life lessons often come the hard way — through making mistakes.
    • You might think you understand what adulthood is all about in your twenties, but life still has many hard truths in store for you.
    • Here, author Jennifer Still details seven life lessons she's learned by her thirties that her 20-year-old self wouldn't have understood.

     

    When you're in your 20s, it's tempting to think you know everything. After all, you survived high school and maybe even moved out of your parents' house, and that first taste of independence has the baffling effect of making you unnaturally confident in your own wisdom and worldliness.

    Of course, at 20, you really know nothing — something you probably won't realize or admit until you're 30 (and which you'll discover anew when you hit 40 and so on, I imagine).

    I thought I understood what it meant to be an adult once I was out of my teens, but I didn't learn these important lessons until years later.

    SEE ALSO: 4 ways spending time apart from my partner made our relationship strong

    You have to work long and hard for what you want.

    While I certainly understood the value of hard work from an early age, it also didn't dawn on me until I was financially and physically independent that nothing was ever going to be handed to me on a silver platter.

    If I wanted something, in my life or career, I had to get out there and put in the work to get it, simple as that. No college graduate is going to be handed their degree one day and walk into an executive level position the next. Start small and work your way up — short of nepotism or an extremely lucky break, it's truly the only way.



    Just because you work hard doesn't mean you'll always succeed.

    While working hard is a must in every area of life, it's hard to imagine or accept that sometimes no matter how hard you try, things won't always work out in the end. That doesn't mean you're not smart, strong, or valuable, just that other people are too, and you can't win them all.

    This was a devastating lesson to learn, and one that didn't necessarily sink in after the first or even third failure. However, it instilled me with a humility that has been invaluable.



    Money doesn't buy happiness, but it does make life so much easier.

    We all know that money doesn't automatically equal happiness, but you don't understand when you're young just how important it is in life. Without it, life can be a serious struggle, leaving you unable to pay bills and put a roof over your head or food on your table. If you can manage that, having just enough cash to cover the necessities means being unable to buy yourself new clothes or go out for dinner with your friends because you're short on funds. It's demoralizing and even quite scary, but learning this lesson has definitely been a catalyst for being even more ambitious than I was before.



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