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Growing up on the concrete sands of Far Rockaway, 28-year-old rapper Davon “Luxury Dutch” Portee, has been making music since he was just 9-years-old after the loss of his mom.
Over the years, he has performed at several clubs across the New York- Metropolitan area, including Arena Lounge in Elmhurst, Magnet in Elmont and Mavi Lounge in Hollis.
The Wave recently caught up with Luxury Dutch to talk about his music, concerts and life in Far Rockaway.
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The once vacant lot adjacent to the Goldie Maple Academy (PS/MS 333) on Beach 54th Street has been transformed into a brand new facility that will serve dozens of local school children with adequate space and activities for years to come.
After nearly two years of construction, the $3.2 million renovation of the track, courts and playground at the Goldie Maple Academy is officially open.
This story originally appeared in the Aug. 12, 2016 edition of The Wave Newspaper.
Flashback to the early 2000’s, when four up-and-coming rappers from the same community in Far Rockaway, Queens, joined forces as the Hip-Hop “supergroup,” Tha Riot Squad. Rappers Bynoe, Chinx Drugz, Cau2G$ and Stack Bundles grew up in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and knew a lot of the same people.
However, in 2007, Stack Bundles was shot and killed by an unknown assailant outside of his apartment building. To this day, investigators have not found any leads on the perpetrator. The following year, when Chinx was released from prison after serving a three-year sentence, members of the Rockaway Riot Squad tried to pick up where they left off.
Sadly, the 31-year-old recording artist also met with an untimely death on May 17, 2015, when he was shot and killed at the wheel of his Porsche Panamera in Briarwood, Queens – just three months before the release of his debut album, Welcome to JFK.
Now, more than a year later, both of the surviving members of the Rockaway Riot Squad will be reuniting on a new track, entitled “All Good,” dedicated to the memory of their fallen comrades.
Riot Squad Co-Founder Cau2G$ has worked with such big name artists as Nicki Minaj, Tony Yayo, Kanye West, Joe Budden, and Cory Gunz, and has been featured on several of the Riot Squad’s mixtapes. AMW recently caught up with Cau2G$, outside of his childhood home on Mott Avenue, to talk about new music, living in Far Rockaway and the current trend of violence in Hip-Hop.
Check out this story from the March 15, 2007 edition of The Viking News, SUNY Westchester Community College’s Campus Newspaper. It has been revised from its original format, because, well, my writing has improved quite a bit since then.
Flogging Molly is a Los Angeles based band that blends traditional Irish folk music with modern day punk-rock.
“We’re not a traditional band,” Flogging Molly’s Frontman David King said. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it.”
This couldn’t be more evident than on the Celtic-punk band’s fourth studio album, Float, perhaps one of the band’s softest, yet catchiest albums to date.
Check out this story from the Feb. 10, 2012 edition of The Sound & Town Report (now The Mamaroneck Review).
On Feb. 4, members of the Mamaroneck High School Student Council set up a concert in an effort to raise money for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.
Booking a band featuring a local talent, the student council hired the up-and-coming electronic hip-hop group Timeflies to headline this big event.
Returning to Mamaroneck High School for the first time since 2007, Cal Shapiro, who graduated MHS in 2006, and his band mate Rob Resnick, came to perform their homecoming show.
“I don’t think we’ve ever done a concert like this. We’ve done high school and college shows, but the homecoming, coming back to your roots is an awesome feeling,” Shapiro said.
As the Harrison Town Council mulls a $56 million budget for 2013, a bill for roughly $61 million in debt waits to be paid at a later date.
With interest rates at a record low, the Town Council has been of the view it is a good time to borrow. As $5.3 million in bonds came off the books this year, new bonding replaced it, according to Town Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican.
“Whatever is coming off, we’re putting right back on,” Belmont told The Harrison Report in June.
Originally appeared in the Dec. 14, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report (Now, Harrison Review).
West Harrison resident Richard Viscome, 54, has trekked the Silver Lake Preserve trail day-in and dayout for well over 25 years. Over the years, if he found something amiss or out of place, Viscome said he would work to remedy the situation. But his newest challenge is no quick fix.
As the unofficial eyes and ears of the preserve, Viscome is concerned with the damage caused by dirt bikes and more specifically All-Terrain Vehicles, which are prohibited on the trail.
Seeing his old stomping grounds torn to shreds, Viscome first tried to deal with the “potato-heads” on his own. Using hundreds of dead tree branches, boulders and logs, Viscome not only blocked the entrances for off-roaders but the pathways as well.
“That’s how we play war,” Viscome said pointing to a trail covered with the biker booby-traps.
Originally appeared in the June 1, 2012 edition of The Harrison Report (Now, Harrison Review).