After Hurricane Sandy left tens of thousands of Brooklyn residents without power or heat, Beastie Boys' Mike D wasted no time extending a hand to his beloved hometown. The rapper quietly began a free food truck called the Rockaway Plate Lunch, which it is still in operation today – and has served over 19,000 meals to disadvantaged residents.
As Mike D explains to Good, his gratis food service developed after he and restauranteur Robert McKinley viewed the devasation in the Rockaways, a coastal neighborhood of Brooklyn, shortly after the October storm. "We saw right away all these people living without any power, without any businesses being open and therefore, no food. We saw the immediate need for warm food, but we didn't have time to put together a long-term cohesive plan; we just had to react quickly," he said. "Rob comes from the hotel and restaurant business, and with myself, being involved in a couple of restaurants and just knowing all the friends in that world, we were able to draw on a bunch of these contacts and start bringing food out from restaurants in the city."
We're damn impressed by not only the fact that Mike D spearheaded this, but also that he didn't feel the need to make any noise about it. Read the full article of this fantastic effort by Mike D and his friends over at RollingStone.com.
Chris was part of the first wave of Vannen releases back in 2009, and we’re stoked to finally release another collaboration with him. Available for pre-order now at VannenWatches.com, the Turtlebum watch is limited to 40 pieces, and is the first watch in a series of four aquatic creatures.
The new Less Than Jake “Sound the Alarm” artist watch is limited to 100 pieces and will be available for pre-order on Sunday, November 19 at 9AM Pacific Time / 12PM Eastern Time at LessThanJake.com and VannenWatches.com for only $60. Expected ship date: December 8, 2017. As a bonus, select orders will be chosen at random to receive autographed packaging signed by the band!