They call it the Best of the Internet.
It’s the annual Webby Awards, and Bay Shore’s very own Joe La Puma is in a heated race to win the Fashion & Beauty category.
His hit YouTube show, Sneaker Shopping with Complex, is up against the likes of Lady GaGa and CNN Worldwide. And he needs your help.
Let’s see if the locals can push it over the top. Click here to vote; you’ll need to give an email.
“From working at South Shore Mall in a sneaker store for over six years, to being nominated for this award has been an amazing journey,” La Puma told us today. “I thank all of Bay Shore community for the support on the success of ‘Sneaker Shopping.'”
La Puma is the VP of Content Strategy at Complex — founded by fashion designer Marc Ecko. He graduated from Bay Shore High School in 2001, has interviewed dozens of A-list celebrities, ranging from rappers like 50-Cent, to comedians like Kevin Hart.
He worked at the Finish Line sneaker store in the South Shore Mall from 16 years old, in 1999, until his full-time writing gig at Complex in 2006.
In a previous interview with GreaterBayShore, La Puma gave much credit to his work in Bay Shore to his success today.
“I worked at Finish Line on and off for almost eight years,” he had said. “I would go to school, come back on break and go to Finish Line … After college I was managing that store and trying to get my writing out there.
“Some people thought I never left Bay Shore.”