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Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Kurtis Blow to perform at Resorts World

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of Resorts World

‘Tis the season for hip-hop. Resorts World Casino is hosting three popular performers this Friday and Saturday.

Queens-born hip-hop artist Ja Rule is returning to the borough for a one night only performance at Resorts World Casino on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Ja Rule, who grew up in Hollis, will perform some of his best hits between 9 and 11 p.m. that night along with Bronx-born rapper, Fat Joe.

Ja Rule has released 11 albums in the course of his career and is best known for hits such as “I’m Real” with Jennifer Lopez, “Always on Time” with Ashanti and “Between Me and You” with Christina Milian.

Fat Joe is a prolific artist who has had several solo songs on the top charts and hits with rap groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad to his name.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the night before Ja Rule and Fat Joe’s concert, Kurtis Blow will perform at the casino. Blow’s performance is part of the casino’s weekly Friday Kickoff Event and will take place at Bar 360 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The show is free for all patrons of the casino.

The legendary rapper’s single “The Breaks” (1980), from his self-titled debut album, made it to the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B and Dance charts. Since then he has made nine more albums and produced hits for other artists.

Tickets for Ja Rule and Fat Joe’s concert can be purchased on the lower level of the casino or online at rwnewyork.com.


Local artists angry over plans for 5Pointz

| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo by Alex DiBlasi

Taggers armed with cans of spray paint who flocked to leave their mark on the paint-laden walls of graffiti mecca 5Pointz may soon be searching for another canvas.

The 200,000-square-foot Long Island City graffiti art exhibition space, home to over 350 multicolored murals, could soon be knocked down in favor of building two high-rise apartment complexes.

“We’ve been waiting for this sort of transformation,” said building owner David Wolkoff. “We saw it happening a long time ago because of its proximity to Manhattan. We knew that Long Island City was going to transform at some point and now it’s happening at a rapid pace.”

According to Wolkoff — whose family’s business has owned the 5Pointz property for 40 years – the new structure will include dual rental towers equaling approximately one-million-square-feet, outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities including a gymnasium, pool and media rooms. The structure, expected to be completed by 2016, will also boast retail space.

“We have a very good feeling about the project and the likelihood we’ll get the changes we’re looking for,” said Wolkoff. “Nothing is 100 percent certain. I think the neighborhood is very positive about the project. A project like mine will bring life to the area. I think Long Island City is ready for it.”

While Wolkoff believes the development will benefit the neighborhood, area artists are upset at the alterations.

“Now everyone wants to be in LIC and everyone who created it is going to be kicked out,” said local artist Carolina Penafiel. “Changes are good but when they change history it’s screwed up. Everyone new is coming and the old ones are leaving.”

Wolkoff claims the building plans include keeping walls in place where graffiti artists can continue their craft, as well as opening two 1,200-square-foot open art studios.

“There will at least be a link to what it was at one point,” said Wolkoff. “We love the art that’s on the walls and we want to continue that.”

5Pointz, which earned its name by bringing together the five boroughs of New York City, attracts aerosol artists from across the country as well as the Netherlands, Japan and Brazil. Hip-hop artists and singers — enamored by the site’s visual stimuli — including Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Kaz, Mobb Deep and Joss Stone, found creative ignition inside the abandoned factory.

According to a representative from the Department of City Planning, an application to demolish and rebuild at the current 5Pointz location has yet to be submitted.