Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

Toppa Top 10: The Ten Best Caribbean Eats in NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer/LargeUp—

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Dance Hall Style: Supreme’s Wackies Collection

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Normally, we wait until the end of the week to catch you up on fashion runnings. But when a clothing label like Supreme teams with a record label like Wackie’s, we have to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming.

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Skateboarding in the Domincan Republic with Luis Tolentino

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Okay, we might need a (semi-) late pass on this one, but our recent coverage of Dominican Republic action-sports capital Cabarete reminded us of this dope recent video series featuring Dominican-born, NYC-based skateboarder Luis Tolentino‘s return home to DR earlier this year.

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LargeUp Premiere: Red Fox’s “Soulja” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Red Fox is one of the pillars of dancehall music in New York City. Sure, he originally hails from St. Catherine, Jamaica and came to fame with the classic “Down in Jamaica” (alongside singer Naturalee) but the rough-voiced deejay has called NYC home for decades.

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Fit To Print: The New York Times Discovers Dancehall Party DVDs

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Craig Phang Sang—

New York Times Dancehall

The New York Times yesterday ran a story on the front page of its New York/Metro section about the phenomenon of dancehall party DVDs (specifically those depicting entire parties, unedited, from start to finish) and their popularity among expats abroad (and particularly in NYC). The story, by nightlife reporter Sarah Maslin Nir, would possibly have been more current about seven years ago, when the market for these videos was at their peak prior to the availability of such footage on YouTube, but it is an interesting read nonetheless. Read the full story here.

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Photo Series: New York’s Dancehall Record Spots

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Aymann Ismail—

Moodies Records Bronx

Like every other city, New York has seen most of its record stores close up shop in recent years. But, even as dancehall and reggae have seen some of the sharpest declines in sales, an overwhelming number of NYC’s remaining record shops are those specializing in Jamaican music. These include decades-old standbys Moodies Records in the Bronx and Keeling Reggae in Brooklyn, and more recent arrivals like Deadly Dragon and Miss Lily’s Variety. Something about the music’s deep roots and the sense of community between the shoppers and shopkeepers has helped them survive in an era where shops specializing in rock, jazz and rap largely have not.

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