Name: Michelle Cipollaro
Profession: Senior Manager, Acquisition Marketing (Digital Media Advertising)
what area of the BX are you from?:
Born & raised on 231st and Carpenter Ave., then moved to Co-op city when I was 10, been there up until last year when I moved to BK to be closer to work
Michelle and I went to M.S. 180 together. In 7th and 8th grade we were in the same class, so we connected instantly, always hanging out and having a good laugh on our walks home to Section 5. I'm inspired by the way she lives life fully and unapologetically!
Tell us about yourself
I am a lover of all food, good times, dancing, warm weather, beaches, spicy margaritas, fashion and traveling. You can find me on the dancefloor or by the kitchen or dancing in the kitchen!
My family background is Peruvian, Italian, Chinese & Yugoslavian. One of the many great things about NYC and the Bronx is the amazing mix of culture and I am glad to be a byproduct of it.
I went to Baruch College, studied Advertising & Psychology. I am currently working within Digital Media & Advertising and love it!
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
Summer family bbqs at Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay Park.
Driving through traffic on the weekends to the end of City Island at Tony’s Pier.
Shopping on Fordham Road and Hunts Point for back to school clothes and getting my bi-weekly manicure at Envy Nails.. ;)
Summer Youth Program- having the opportunity to make my own money to buy whatever I wanted at age 14 & 15.
The music! Freestyle, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Reggaeton.
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
Of course, where’d this accent come from?
Honestly, I'm always hustling and improving myself - that mentality to always do better came from my peers and family. Being from the Bronx has definitely taught me to speak up for myself and others & always stay on alert - sometimes this has worked against me but all in all, it has made me stronger. I still love the reaction when I tell people I’m from the Bronx- people look at you funny, but they always have respect.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My mom without a doubt. She’s beautiful, strong, independent and hardworking- everything I always wanted to be.
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
Traveling and living in different countries on my own. I know I’m not alone on this - but it takes a lot to go somewhere unknown (most of our parents did this when they came to the Bronx) and I feel blessed and grateful to have done it.
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
Spread more love and acceptance to the youth. Speaking from personal experience, kids could learn more about acceptance and self-love. We’re all in this together and we are much stronger as a force than divided.
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?
Depends on your mood:
City island for some reasonably priced seafood - Lobster house for broiled lobster <3
Orchard Beach on Sundays for live Salsa music and dancing!
Sal & Dom’s on Allerton for the best cannolis in NYC - forreal though!