BXTRA with Anthony Anderson

Pursuing your passion is not an unachievable task; I learned that lesson from a professional drummer. On a cloudy Wednesday in September, I was fortunate to spend a few hours with fellow Bronxite, Anthony Anderson who grew up in Hunts Point and has 18 siblings.   Before this meeting, I’d only seen him perform on […]

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BXTRA with Deyla Sabio

Deyla Sabio of the Highbridge section is an educator and a lifestyle blogger with a platform called “Blogger from the Bronx.” While studying at SUNY Old Westbury in Long Island, Sabio noticed a lack of Bronx pride among the students from her neighborhood.  The slights to the borough even continued after graduation when her colleagues […]

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BXTRA with Michelle Daniels

Michelle Daniels is a massage therapist and a community organizer who founded an organization called, ” The Bronx Rox.” Daniels, originally from Sydney, Australia moved to the United States in 1993. Her first stop was Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for seven years before moving to New York City. ” I was always up for […]

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The Return of Whalemina

Local artist, Geoff Rawling resurrected a long-time treasure for Queens residents at the June 2018 Mermaid Day Parade. This vibrantly decorated sea creature, named Whalemina, was a mosaic statute that sat at the entrance of Rockaway Beach for decades until it was washed away by  turbulent waves in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. In 2014, Rawling […]

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“The Golden Girls” of the Bronx

Valentine’s Day was six months ago, but that means there’s just under six months to prepare for the next one! Love can be pretty complicated, especially if Cupid has yet to strike the ( right) arrow. So I visited the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council Inc. on the Grand Concourse to speak with eight extraordinary […]

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BXTRA with Bronx Native

The Bronx is a hidden gem that has been buried under stereotypes such as poor, ghetto and dangerous. But now, a new age of enlightenment has emerged with creatives like Amaurys Grullon who are adding to the borough’s greatness by helping it sprout to its fullest potential. I sat with Amaurys, co-owner and co-founder of […]

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Mind over Manners?

Mark Turner and Tatyana Turner If you could be extra anything this week, what would it be? I’ll share my personal answer. This week, I’d like to work on being extra present in my life and extra aware of how I make others feel. We all have those days when we let stress get the […]

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