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He is 16, going on $70 an hour.
Last summer, Alex Bank worked nine-hour shifts as a busboy in the high-energy dining room at now-shuttered power-crowd institution Babette’s in East Hampton. The job, which paid $17 per hour, was stressful at times, but it built character, Bank said. And it only just paid the bills. To indulge his love of lobster rolls at East Hampton Grill, or to afford the occasional sushi dinner, he would end up working overtime. That, or ask his parents for money.
“You look at these menus and you’re like, ‘That’s a couple of hours of work.’ It puts into perspective how expensive things are out here,” Bank, a rising junior at a Connecticut boarding school who lives on the Upper East Side and grew up playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball, told The Post.
This summer, he’s working smarter, not harder, with well-paying gigs he found on Teen Hampton, a teen-run group founded by 16-year-old Gabe Jaffe. After Bank pays his 25% cut to Jaffe, he still earns $52.50 an hour coaching basketball for kids — more than tripling his hourly pay at last summer’s job. He also makes $18.75 per hour for babysitting (Jaffe takes $6.25 off the $25 hourly rate).
Families, eager to get their little ones out of the house and looked after this summer, amid ongoing camp counselor and lifeguard shortages, are enthusiastically signing up for the listing service, which provides parents with access to vetted, qualified sports instructors, as well as babysitters.
“We’ve had so many inquiries, we don’t even have enough babysitters to fill them,” said Jaffe.
Sixteen has never been sweeter on the savings accounts of seasonal job seekers finding themselves raking in extra dough this summer. The unemployment rate for teenagers is at the lowest level in nearly 70 years, according to the latest statistics from the US Bureau of Labor; high-schoolers have never been in such high demand, which is nearly always leading to better, sometimes dramatically increased pay. More than ever, the youngsters are able to start saving for their futures, or help out with expenses at home. That’s good news for parents, who reportedly spend more than $1,000 per month on their adult kids’ upkeep, according to a recent survey from Savings.com.
Bank is cashing in on his passion for playing basketball, teaching kids three-pointer shots and free throws a couple of times a week; each session lasts for two hours, earning him $105. Some weeks, he’s babysitting four hours every day. In a week just working part-time, he can make $585. The money adds up quickly.
“It’s a lot less stressful,” Bank said of being able to hang with kids, rather than rushing around a dining-room floor. “Getting paid well for doing something you love is never a bad thing,” he said.
Jaffe, the brain trust behind Teen Hampton, who in his spare time reads business books such as Andrew Ross Sorkin’s “Too Big To Fail,” started up his Gen Z babysitters club in between homework assignments during the school year. He had business cards printed and started hustling this spring, spreading the word out East about his on-demand services. To make it work, Jaffe keeps 25% of the proceeds, which he plans to reinvest in the business, and he may even roll out an app.
“The prices are far less than professional services, and the pricing is attractive to our consumer base,” Jaffe said. In some cases, Teen Hampton rates are a steal for the East End, where a private sports coaching session through a service like Hamptons Premiere can cost a whopping $300 for a 90-minute session with a basketball whiz.
“A teenager can charge $70 an hour, and based on how the market [out here] is set, that is a price parents are happy to pay, and for the teenager, that is a great wage,” Jaffe explained. Right now, the most sought-after service is babysitting.
Soon-to-be college sophomore Mia Scholl, 20, was only recently making $10 an hour working as a food runner at a burger joint near the University of Miami. The job entailed answering the phones, managing delivery-service orders from Grubhub and bussing tables. Back home in Westchester County for the summer, the pre-med student was able to snag a sweet hosting gig at Scarsdale Golf Club, where she’s raking in $18 an hour — $3 more than she made doing the same thing last year.
“They were like, ‘We need a hostess!’ ” Scholl said of management desperate for extra help. “When I walked in, they were like, ‘OK, here’s the job!’
“I didn’t have a formal interview,” she added. “It was kind of just handed to me.”
Scholl’s short-term situation is far less intense than her school-year job in Florida, and she’s already saving up. The extra cash, she said, will be a help once she heads back for the fall semester.
“I go to school in a city that is the most expensive place to live in the country right now,” Scholl said.
Bank, meanwhile, has his sights set on making, well, bank. Right now, the plan is to plunge his summer earnings into the markets.
“A lot of companies are not doing as well, so their stock prices are dropping accordingly,” the teen said. “I feel like this could be a good time to start investing.”
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.
The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.
Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.
He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.
Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.
“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.
Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.
“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.
But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.
It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.
Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.
Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”
Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.
Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.
Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.
McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.
By: Ny Post
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