New Yorkers: Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony, Raised in Spanish Harlem

It’s no wonder Marc Anthony is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time. The Spanish Harlem-raised Grammy-winning salsero was named after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz. Anthony, raised in the Metro North Plaza Houses housing development, began his career as a session vocalist for freestyle and Underground New York house music acts. After changing his name to avoid confusion with his namesake, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backing vocalist for pop acts including Menudo and the Latin Rascals. Initially Anthony was reluctant to become a salsa musician and declined his label’s offer to make a salsa album. But he changed his mind after hearing Juan Gabriel's "Hasta Que Te Conocí," which made him change his mind. Inspired by the music of Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe and Rubén Blades, Anthony released his Spanish-language debut, Otra nota. And the rest is history!

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.