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Cost-Effective Ways To Escape NYC

Cost-Effective Ways to escape NYC by Ari KellenNew York may be the greatest city in the world, but sometimes it can be too much, and even the most dedicated New Yorker could do for a weekend upstate or out-of-state.  And lucky for you, getting out of the city is a lot easier than you’d expect.  I recently came across an article that shares five easy and totally affordable ways to escape the city, listed below:

House sitting: If you’re interested in travel but don’t want to pay for Airbnb, house sitting is a way you can score a free place to stay.  You still have to do some work, but the goods outweigh the bads here.  Since it’s on a case-by-case basis, you’ll be working directly with a homeowner to determine the terms of your arrangement.  If you don’t know anybody to house sit for, you can try “Trusted Housesitters” and “House Sitters America”.

Hop a train: Thanks to the transit systems, it’s easy to get from Grand Central or Penn Station to New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut or upstate.  There are amazing museums, wineries, plenty of land to hike and explore and much more!

Drive somebody else’s car: If you’d like some extra cash or want to travel for work, then think about signing up for a vehicle transport or driveaway service.  Most companies just require that you have a driver’s license and a clean driving record.  It isn’t something you can do often if you already have a full-time job, but it’s great if you just need to get out of the city.

Become a seasonable au pair: This is a great way to find a long-term and long-distance escape from the city.  The application and placement processes are timely, but getting to explore a foreign country with a host family is a unique and unbeatable experience.  You’ll need a valid passport and possibly a visa if you want to go overseas, and it requires a lot of preparation, but it’s a great cost-effective adventure.

Event-based volunteering: If you’d love to attend an event but can’t afford it, then you can try volunteering at the event instead!  Most volunteer opportunities ask you to cover one shift and in exchange get to attend the rest of the event free.

NY Jets – Chris Ivory

The New York Jets started off week 1 with a big win over Cleveland and much of it came from runningback number 33, Chris Ivory. We have all seen his powerful running style and no-quit attitude when he hits first contact, but not images-2we are seeing all that work come to roost. This year’s offense is a case study in best traits; QB Fitzpatrick has the Harvard educated brain, WR Marshall has the enormous wingspan, WR Decker’s instincts downfield are second to none and Ivory’s lack of self preservation is the straw that breaks the defense’s back. Chris has made his presence known by defensemen once he makes contact with them. After getting hit hard by a running back like Ivory, defensive players think twice before hitting him again.

Ivory is 6’2 and 222 lbs of anger running down the field. This helped him to run for 91 yards and two touchdowns vs the Browns this past weekend, 64 of those yards after first contact. This is the type of back that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey can, and did build a game plan around. He used the run to set up the pass and vice versa, but it all starts with a high yard-per-carry from Ivory.

The term “work horse” has started to get thrown around the film room lately to describe Ivory. The team watched as his bruising effect on the defense slowly wore the Browns down similar to body shots in a heavyweight boxing fight. The humble back will not be complaining to the press how he is not getting his touches either.

For years Ivory has been waiting to prove his multi-dimensional talent as he spent years behind the lead back in New Orleans, and after his trade to the Jets, he did not get many carries with marty Mornhinweg calling the plays. Chris can run hard, catch the ball well, and be a reliable health asset. Hopefully this season will prove to be a breakout year with 1,500 yards on the ground as the Jets impress!

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Knicks Free Agency Chase

The New York Knicks current star Carmelo Anthony and General Manager Phil jackson have reportedly not spoken since free agency began, showing some serious differences in vision for the Knickerbockers. When asked how Jackson feels about Anthony’s displeasure with the direction the club is taking, Phil only answered that basketball is a team sport that needs to be played together.

Anthony, a widely considered franchise player, has been kept out of the loop regarding the free agency offers that the Knicks have been offering. Robin Lopez, Derrick Williams, Arron Afflalo and Kyle O’Quinn were added to the roster without the stars blessing. New Yorkers do not seemed worried by the rift between the two big names. Phil Jackson has a history of winning, having 11 rings as a coach and 2 as a player with the Knicks. He seems to have the complete trust of the Knicks faithful as New Yorkers will be hoping to watch a “Knicks-tape” of highlights this year.

While some high profile contracts have fallen through the cracks, Jackson’s plan to capture some high profile stars is to build the program one year at a time by winning. By picking the right players to fit into a team system, the Knicks will be able to win more games every year, which attracts free agents looking for an opportunity to win a championship.

He plans to continue to build the locker room in leadership and defensive ability. Jacksons unpopular first round draft pick, Kristaps Porzingis has been playing well in summer league and looks to be positioning himself to make an impact.

While the team gears up for next season, Carmelo is coming off a serious knee injury and no secondary scorer has emerged from the roster. As a true long term team builder, Jackson is building a program to last, the only way he knows.

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NBA All-Star Weekend

With the biggest weekend in basketball in the mecca of the sport, New York City, all of the hype to catch high flying dunks, deep three point shots and the stars on one court.

Not only is the game in New York City, it will be a multi borough event taking place at Unknownboth the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. Expect to see all the celebrities courtside wearing the all star themed sneakers and shoes which are being released this weekend.

As for the events of the weekend. Everyone’s patience is running out in anticipation for the three point and dunk contests. This years three point contest is star studded with unbelievable talent including the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, and Kyrie Irving. All the explosive talent is going to give the fans something to cheer about, this years three point contest will take place at the Barclays Center along with the dunk contest. This year’s dunk contest always has the buzz around it but this years three point contest is expected to cause more attention.

As always though, the all star game will take center stage at the worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. We will be seeing all of the regulars from LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony all the way to the upcoming stars of the league such as Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. This years weekend is turning into New York City into a playground with NBA events all over the city. New Yorker’s are loving all of the great transformations the NBA is giving the city.

Leading vote getter this year LeBron James explains how honored he is to be playing with such great talent on the biggest stage in the world. This weekend should live up to the expectations, especially the three point and dunk contest. Tune in this Saturday February 14th around 7PM EST to catch all the action.