Vazquez, who was born in Brooklyn but has not lived in the city full-time since the late '90s, is expected to reinvigorate New York's arts scene with her return. In addition to her DJ'ing gigs and hosting such shows as MTV's Total Request Live and VH1's Flavor Of Love, she has also acted in the movies Urban Massacre and Soul Plane, and appears as the dean on VH1's Charm School With Ricki Lake.
"This is huge for New York and for the arts in general," said Michael Fleeson, Arts editor for the New Yorker. "Just having someone with LaLa's talent here will inspire others to expand the bounds of human creativity and expression."
"We really wanted to bring Carmelo to New York," said Knicks president Donnie Walsh. "But other than Amare Stoudemire, there was absolutely no one on our roster they felt was a fair trade for Carmelo. So we had to get creative."