Emo Is Alive And Well

Emo Night
The late ’90s are back, at packed live “emo night” events, for the all-American reject in us all

Emo Nite LA and Emo Night Brooklyn are just two of a growing number of companies throwing semi-regular emo-themed DJ nights across the country for nostalgic millenials who came of age listening to bands like Taking Back Sunday and going to music festivals like Warped Tour. The parties, which are often DJed by emo celebrities like Ryan Key from Yellowcard, allow fans to reexperience old songs and youthful emotions for cheap. Listen to the playlist below to get a taste of emo night, and check out the full story in Bloomberg Businessweek.

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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

Instagram Dog
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 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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Queens Craft Brewery LIC Beer Project Taps Into Belgian Roots

As craft beer culture continues to grow nationwide, new local breweries are looking to diversify.

On an afternoon this September, Dan Acosta sat behind the bar of his recently opened craft brewery, LIC Beer Project, and peered into a microscope. He clicked away at a tally counter in his right hand, occasionally glancing up to talk to his partner, Damon Oscarson.

“What time is it?” asked Oscarson. “Not that it matters. I’m just kind of curious.”

“It’s 11:40,” said Acosta.

“Okay, good. So it’s not too early for a beer.”

While Oscarson filled a couple of glasses with a saison, a style of pale ale Belgian beer, Acosta continued to study the contents of his petri dish. He was examining yeast — the ingredient that Acosta, 35, and Oscarson, 40, said defines their beer and sets their brewery apart from the three others trying to make it in Long Island City.

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