Life on Long Island

Dwight Gooden pitching in at upcoming fundraiser

Former New York Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight

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It’s no secret that Long Island baseball fans don't always see eye to eye, as supporters of the Mets and Yankees can be found arguing about the greatness of the players and legacies pertaining to both Major League Baseball teams at games, in bars and on talk radio shows.

However, both sets of fans tend to have an affinity for former All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden – who won the 1985 National...

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Lisa Lisa at The Emporium

Lisa Lisa (aka Lisa Velez) is perhaps freestyle

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With all the live freestyle taking place on Long Island this month, one might get the impression that the onetime local phenomenon is due for a comeback.

Flip the calendar in reverse about 25 to 30 years, and you'd find virtually every club on LI had DJs spinning the danceable genre. And whether heard on the dance floor or cruising in the car while listening to radio stations (like WQHT-FM...

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Lisa Lisa (sans Cult Jam) to perform live

Lisa Lisa, born Lisa Velez, was the first

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Freestyle music and Long Island have had a connection for decades. When the genre’s big days of radio and club play were at its strongest point, LI was solidly tuned in on both fronts – and although today the emotive, simple-sample, danceable tracks and ballads that are the calling cards of the genus are now considered strictly “classic” material, venues in Nassau and Suffolk county still regularly...

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