No Boys Allowed: The New Rules Of Co-Working

“Women are craving community, connection and confidence, and that’s what we’re going to give them.”

Female focused co-working spaces and social clubs are cropping up across the country, as a response to contemporary feminism and a reaction against fratty venues that advertise kegs and pingpong. There’s The Wing in New York, New Women Space in Brooklyn, Rise Collaborative Workspace in St. Louis and Hera Hub in Southern California, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Stockholm. But do women need a space of their own? Here’s a snippet of what the founders of these spaces had to say about how the future of co-working could be female. Read the full story online and in Bloomberg Businessweek.

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How The Weird World Of Instagram Pets Became A $500 Million Industry

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Big name brands from Jimmy Choo to Dyson to Petsmart are now marketing their products on Instagram via animal influencers.

The bride wore a custom-designed Marchesa veil and tulle gown and a $130,000 diamond necklace from London Jewelers. The groom was in a top hat and tux. Because it was a celebrity wedding, the lobby of the High Line Hotel in Chelsea was packed with reporters, photographers and even two Real Housewives of New York.

The officiant, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, made sure the vows would be meaningful to this special couple.

“Finn,” she said, “will you have Toast as your wife and cherish every piece of cheese, steak and treat with your beloved?”

“Toast, will you forever promise to share the couch with Finn when reruns of “Lassie” are on?

“Before I make the final announcement,” said Adams, who was wearing a red sweater embroidered with Dalmatians, “I want you to bark now or forever hold your pee.”

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WATCH: The Man Who Saves Carousel Horses From The Glue Factory

In an age of high-tech amusement parks, carousel carvers are a dying breed. Bob Yorburg is one of the last ones.

“During America’s carousel “golden age,” which lasted from the late nineteenth century until about 1930, there were more than four thousand handcrafted carousels made by famous carvers like Gustav Dentzel and Marcus Illions. In the last century, many of the period’s iconic horses, chariots and carriages have become more mechanized and technologically advanced. They’ve also drastically decreased in popularity. Yorburg says he knows of only about a half-dozen independent American carousel carvers like him. According to Patrick Wentzel, chairman of the National Carousel Association (NCA), there are just a couple dozen others employed by the few remaining companies that specialize in carousel carving and restoration. They all work to maintain the two hundred antique American carousels Wentzel monitors in an ongoing NCA census project. In fixing and sometimes recreating old carousel horses, menagerie pieces and band organs, Yorburg aims to make sure this number doesn’t drop further, preserving a sliver of Americana for generations to come.”

Read the full story about Yorburg and the evolution of the merry-go-round on Narratively.

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WATCH: A 93-Year-Old Photographer Contemplates His Legacy

Tony Vaccaro made a name for himself with the intimate photos he took as a soldier during WWII, and went on to photograph the likes of O’Keeffe, Picasso and Kennedy. Now, he’s organizing and preserving his life’s work.

Tony Vaccaro was one of the only Americans to photograph World War II as an infantryman, rather than a hired photojournalist. With unprecedented access, he captured some of the war’s most intimate photos, developing his negatives in soldiers’ helmets at night. After the war ended, he showed his combat portfolio to editors at magazines including Look, LIFE and Flair, and became a celebrated magazine photographer. He photographed great people — people whom he says gave something back to man kind.  His celebrity subjects include cultural icons such as John F. Kennedy, Picasso and Sophia Loren.

Now, Vaccaro is 93-years-old and lives in Long Island City, Queens. He spends his days at his new studio, archiving photos with his son, Frank; telling stories from his past to guests at Manducatis Rustica, a local, Italian restaurant where a collection of his work hangs; and spending time with his twin, baby grandsons, for whom he hopes to leave a legacy.

Vaccaro has accumulated dozens of stories about the people he’s met through the years, but Vaccaro’s best story, is, in fact, his own.

See the full story on Narratively

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WATCH: The Upper West Side’s Favorite Christmas Tree Guy

Meet Francois, the Upper West Side’s Christmas celebrity.

Francois the tree man has traveled from Quebec to New York City to sell Christmas trees on Broadway and W. 102nd St. for the last decade. Every year, he leaves his family in Canada and spends a month — from Thanksgiving to around Christmas Eve — living out of his van named Elvis, which is parked on the sidewalk behind his tree stand. Through time, Francois has become a holiday fixture in the neighborhood and a part of the Upper West Side’s community. He defines his business, The Green Stop, by strong customer relationships, and he strives to establish meaningful connections with each and every person who comes to buy a tree from him. For some clients, buying a tree from Francois has become a yearly tradition. Customers often bring Francois and his co-workers — Jason, Nelson and Angel — coffee and hot meals on cold days. Two local film makers, who started as a couple of Francois’s clients, even made a documentary about Francois titled, Tree Man, which was recently profiled in The New York Times. The film was directed and written by Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild. It will be screened at Symphony Space in Manhattan on December 27, 2015, and on January 3, 2016.

Read the full story about Francois and his business on DNAinfo.

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The Female Street Artist Changing The Game For Women

Brooklyn’s ELLE is at the front of a pack of female street and graffiti artists clawing their way into what has historically been a male-run art scene. Her murals of strong women cloaked in bright colors and wolf imagery howl characteristics of female power. They’ve earned her attention both in the U.S. and abroad and established her as an advocate for gender equality.

Since the start of her art career in New York seven years ago, ELLE has collaborated with renowned photographer Martha Cooper, accepted a $100,000 sponsorship from Liquitex and travelled all around the world, working on commercial projects in places including Malaysia, Germany and Mexico.

ELLE was born and raised in California with her three siblings. After graduating from college, she spent a year at Brandeis University working toward a post baccalaureate degree in art. Frustrated with the sexist ideology of the program, ELLE quit and moved to New York. She landed in Brooklyn, dated an artist and got involved in graffiti. When they broke up, she shifted more toward street art, carving out her own style and sense of independence.

Now, most of ELLE’s downtime is spent in her quaint and sunny Greenpoint studio. When she’s not out spraying, collaging or wheat pasting, she’s home, prepping for upcoming jobs using Photoshop, ordering paint cans and mailing out hand-designed T-shirts to her fans — who’ve come to know her as much for her art as for her fierce heart.

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