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Henny Palooza - Coney Island Review

Henny Palooza - Coney Island Review

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley

When I wrote about my first Henny Palooza back in June I wrote it through the eyes of an event critic and missed out on the bigger story. I thought I wanted to write a review instead of bringing to life an inspiring story of how something so little can become this big.

In essence Henny Palooza embodies the so-called American Dream of turning nothing into something. I cannot imagine that Kam had such great foresight that a simple gathering at his home would become one of the largest events in NY and beyond. This writer will admit to not capturing the essence of Henny Palooza, which isn't just a large party filled with cognac, but one's ability to see beyond his or her limitations and achieve greatness.

To be honest with you as much as I looked forward to my first HP at Webster Hall I was really excited to attend HP in Coney Island. I wanted to see HP on the scale of Grits & Biscuits, outdoors and filled with people. The weather was perfect for this event, overcast but not too hot and although it looked like rain you barely felt a drop. As usual HP was filled of smiling faces of all shades, packed bars, and tons of music. The energy is always electric as Low Key and Christylezz do a great job of keeping the vibes fluid. The evening however, belonged to DJ Mr. Cee, who brought his A game for a tremendous set. The thing I love the most about HP is the amount of love shown throughout the entire night. I was bumped, stepped on, spun around but it was always met with positivity. When I mentioned to friends and colleagues that I'm going to a Hennessy fueled event most cringe and believe that this particular spirit only begets violent behavior. I'll be the first to say on record that this is wholly false. Henny Palooza is anything but that and I will recommend that everyone experience it at least once. Even if you don't drink Hennessy, there is food, great music, and people to fill up your night. I can't begin to tell you the amount of people I ran into at HP in Coney Island in comparison to Webster Hall, which is a strong indication of its growing popularity.

HP can and will only get bigger folks let me just say that. I look forward to becoming a regular again and again. I'd like to extend a special thanks to the Godfather of HP Kam; you guys are putting on for NYC. YES BRO!

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