Monthly Archives: July 2013

Madison Square Garden Faces Interesting Dilemma

Bruce HeenI recently read an article on ESPN that talked about Madison Square Garden having its lease limited to ten years. It turns out that the arena is being asked to relocate because the New York City Council would like for Penn Station, which sits right beneath the arena, to be renovated. Many people believe Penn Station is old and outdated and wonder why such an iconic hub could be left so undesirable. Madison Square Garden conveniently sits right on top of the massive commuter hub. The location couldn’t be any better as major railroad lines all meet at Penn Station. What is so unfortunate for the venue is the fact that it will no longer remain the iconic venue that it is today if it were to move. The council made it very clear, “now is time to get to work and build the Penn Station that New York City and the region desperately need in order to improve transit access and spur economic growth in the city and throughout the region.”

Some of the most amazing boxing matches, sporting events and concerts have taken place under the roof and it just wouldn’t have the same appeal as it once did. It is also unfortunate that the arena has been renovated the past three summers giving it a total makeover from what it was for so many years. The owner, James Dolan, put more than $1 billion dollars into the arena and it might be moved in 10 years. It is also including two bridges that span the top of the arena that fans can walk across and see the action below as well.

It will be interesting to see how this develops as the date nears. James Dolan will likely appeal the decision – I can’t imagine he is very happy nor do I think he will go down with out putting up a valiant fight.

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Bruce Heen


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Saving Money When Grocery Shopping

Bruce HeenAn article on talks about budgeting your money wisely when shopping at the grocery store. Shopping for food definitely can add up, especially if you aren’t a conscience shopper and you buy things you don’t actually need. According to the article, “Americans spend approximately $150 per week on food—that’s 18 percent of the average American salary—most of which is dropped at the grocery store.”

In this article, there are five simple tips that you can do in order to help improve the amount of money spent while shopping at the supermarket.

The first step is to use coupons. Local sunday papers have exorbitant amounts of coupons that you can simply cut out and use. The hardest part of the process is taking the time to read each one to see what will best apply for your needs. There is a day that grocery stores normally double the value of their coupons as well. On this day it would be the most wise to shop because you will then receive twice the savings. There are also loyalty programs or shopper cards that most grocery stores offer as well. This will also help you save on your purchases.

The second tip is to create a shopping list before you go to the grocery store. A list creates order and gives you a visual guide for things that you actually need. It will help you from spending more than you allotted.

The third tip is to go to farmers markets for produce. Grocery stores charge more and the quality isn’t as good and fresh than if you were to by it from a local farm or vendor.

The fourth tip is to buy generic foods. Generic foods are priced more accordingly and more often than not are same in quality but are just package differently.

The fifth option is to shop at non traditional food stores. For instance, a Walmart or Target is technically a food store, but they do offer some products, which can be better priced than your average grocery store.

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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Bruce Heen


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