Category: Exclusive Feature

Q&A with Luis Castillo: “Life is going to throw you curveballs, you’ve got to learn how to hit them.”

Q&A with Luis Castillo: “Life is going to throw you curveballs, you’ve got to learn how to hit them.”

Baseball is more than just a game; it has the ability to change lives. Luis Castillo knows that better than anybody else. NYC Tastemakers had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the best batboy in MLB history, Luis Castillo, who goes by nicknames, “Luigi,” and “Squeegee,” to discuss his amazing eight-year tenure with the Yankees, his love for baseball, and his continued effort to give back.

Bodega88 is the Best Place for Sports, Drinks, and Great Food!

Bodega88 is the Best Place for Sports, Drinks, and Great Food!

There’s nothing like the energy of watching a game, match, or fight at a sports bar. The tension between fans of different teams and players, the endless amount of food, and, of course, the ability to drink offers a great experience for all (unless your team is losing). But to be perfectly truthful, a lot […]

Radio personality Jewelz López on how things can change in a moment’s notice

Radio personality Jewelz López on how things can change in a moment’s notice

In an interview that took place on her birthday, radio personality and voiceover artist Jewelz López sat down with NYC Tastemakers to speak on her career, her life, and confronting a health barrier.

Feature: Rhina Valentin

Feature: Rhina Valentin

Rhina Valentin, also known as “La Reina del Barrio,” is a television host who’s focus lies in building bridges between communities and fostering empathy by sharing human-centered stories of these themes. She has been recognized for her unique and creative approach to celebrating and advocating for diversity, allowing her to become a beloved spokesperson for her own community.

John Tateishi and the Fight for a Better Tomorrow

John Tateishi and the Fight for a Better Tomorrow

Our country is guilty of a multitude of injustices and wrongdoings. One of the greatest social injustices in American history is the imprisonment of the entire Japanese American population after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Not only were Japanese Americans stripped of their constitutional rights as American citizens, but they lost their property and possessions […]

Al Downing and his showdown with Hank Aaron

Al Downing and his showdown with Hank Aaron

Al Downing played with and against some of the greatest baseball players of all time.
While with the Yankees in the 60s he played with Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra and the 1964 most valuable player Elston Howard. In 1969 he played with a chubby catcher who would go on to have a hall of fame type career.

Thank you Henry Louis Aaron

Thank you Henry Louis Aaron

Hank Aaron made me a better human being. Watching him go through his home run chase in 1973, and having the excitement of witnessing history soon after, are one of the best parts of my life. Then there are the other parts, the haters. When Mr. Aaron shared his mail with the world, it was as chilling as the penmanship.

Phil Niekro & Me

Phil Niekro & Me

The passing of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro brought back memories of this great human being. It was 1995 when I came across him outside of Shea Stadium. By then he was the manager of the female baseball team, the Colorado Silver Bullets, and there he was walking with his baseball players. I talked trash with him of how I could strike out all of them and he just laughed it off.

Mark David Chapman: The Privileges of a Beatle Killer

Mark David Chapman: The Privileges of a Beatle Killer

Being on the other side of the bars inside the jails of Rikers Island I got to witness and hear about wicked doings. During my 20 years as a Correction Officer this story comes to mind on the 40th anniversary of an Icon’s death. It was 40 years ago when football broadcaster Howard Cosell informed the world of John Lennon’s assassination. His chilling words of “DEAD ON ARRIVAL!”

BronxNet “Reach Out” Shows the Yankee Way

BronxNet “Reach Out” Shows the Yankee Way

“Reach out with Ray and Steve” zooms to number one.

Executive Director Michael Max Knobbe of BronxNet came to Ray Negron and mentioned certain individuals were questioning if the Yankees were doing their “fair share” during the pandemic. You could see the rage in his eyes.