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Packed away haphazardly under the J/M/Z in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn sits a small alleyway — locally referred to as “Punk Alley.” In it resides a used book store, a used record shop, a cassette-based experimental noise record label and, of course, KPISS: the resident pirate radio station.

On a Saturday morning in Brooklyn, 11 teenage boys sit around in a circle harmonizing sounds. They use  their mouths, hands, pencils and even a piece of hard Starburst candy against classroom desks. “Now that was better than last time,” Program Instructor Samuel Lee, says. This isn’t a traditional Saturday school session. The students aren’t sitting in neatly aligned rows or studying for the SAT. Instead, the teacher gives each student an hour to make a minute-long instrumental for a TV show of his or her choice, using only AudioTool, an online studio program. They’re enrolled in a non-profit organization called Building Beats. Building Beats is a program that teaches life and entrepreneurial skills to underserved youth through the art of DJing and digital music production. Every Saturday, the nonprofit organization Building Beats holds a workshop in collaboration with the homeless youth outreach program Safe In My Brothers Arms (S.I.M.B.A).…

With the New York Islanders’ loss in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Washington Capitals, it’s officially time for the Islanders to move on to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It’ll be a bittersweet transition though, as the Islanders and their fans will bid farewell to their home of 43 years: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The goal was for the Islanders to stay in Nassau County, but the plan fell through when politicians like Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano shot down the Lighthouse Project. The initiative aimed to renovate the Nassau Coliseum to make it a more modern facility, add new housing, athletic facilities, a minor league baseball stadium, restaurants and a hotel. A vote for a referendum on a $400 million public bond was voted against by Nassau County voters 57 to 43 percent, which was Islanders’ owner Charles Wang’s…