- Title: Leaving Story Avenue, my journey from the projects to the front page
- Author: Paul LaRosa
- ISBN: 9780983796312
- Page: 441
- Format: ebook
Emmy Award winning CBS News producer Paul LaRosa s evocative memoir of his days growing up in a Bronx housing project and working as a reporter at The New York Daily News in the late 1970s.Paul LaRosa was a clueless kid growing up in a Bronx housing project when he discovered there might be to life As the projects went from idyllic to dangerous, Paul made his way toEmmy Award winning CBS News producer Paul LaRosa s evocative memoir of his days growing up in a Bronx housing project and working as a reporter at The New York Daily News in the late 1970s.Paul LaRosa was a clueless kid growing up in a Bronx housing project when he discovered there might be to life As the projects went from idyllic to dangerous, Paul made his way to The New York Daily News where he became a copyboy and later a reporter The News was still the largest circulating newspaper in the country but it was in the last, outrageous and often hilarious, gasp of The Front Page era Reporters wallowed in a swirl of alcohol, hookers and bad behavior but none of it stopped them from delivering an electric and engaging paper every day Paul, a na f trapped in a Tabloid World, struggled to adapt As a reporter, Paul had a front row seat to one of the most harrowing five year periods in New York City history the city s brush with bankruptcy, the terror reign of Son of Sam, the blackout riots, and the murder of John Lennon Read what it was like to be in the center of it all.
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This coming-of-age memoir about growing up and out of the projects in New York during the '60s and '70s is absent the bitterness often associated with these bootstrap bios. It is instead infused with the author's trademark humor, which is not surprising to the reader, although the young LaRosa quite stumbled into his comic wit, learning almost by accident that he had any. That he was funny and tenacious drew the admiration of his toughest foes. That he ends up in the fast and crazy world of New [...]
Sitting snug in my bed, I opened a window into the New York of the 60's/70's just by grabbing the book written by Paul LaRosa. A journey into the intimacy of the author's memories who took me to a world of full of realism to describe the hippies period, the excesses in which the "peace and love" youth reveled themselves but only known by its still powerful influence today for my generation.While pursuing my reading, my immersion in the writer's life took on the appearance of a history lesson, it [...]
Loving how I can make connections to fun times growing up in the Canarsie projects in my childhood, as well as growing up in New York in the 50's to 70's. The author writes with great insight and a lovely sense of humor, and that makes this book a great read.
A good read. I love anything about newsrooms of daily papers and this was a story well told.
Really enjoyed this book. Wonderful history of his early years in the Bronx - Catholic education, playground games. All rang true with me. Very enjoyable.
This is a story that truly is near and dear to my heart, because I too grew up in the projects and managed to get out and make a pretty good life for myself, much like Paul LaRosa.It was such a joy to relive his moments in the 70s, my favorite era, and to follow his journey into the world of journalism, something I always wanted to do. It was absolutely great to read of all the things he went through to get where he is today!There were so many funny stories he shares with his readers and I could [...]
Inspirational Funny and A Must ReadLeaving Story Avenue is a must read for all. Paul LaRosa describes his struggles to climb out of a South Bronx housing project in an easy to read funny account of his life. Valuable lessons are taught in every entertaining chapter and the final message is clear, "Don't Complain - Don't Play The Victim - Just Get On With Life." Having survived the difficulties of living in a South Bronx housing project myself, I understood his struggles and appreciate his achiev [...]
This book caught me by surprise, since I don't often have a chance to read all the way through books I'm designing for clients. But Paul LaRosa caught hold of me with his story of growing up in the Bronx mid-twentieth century, in the "projects" and his rise to the job he had always dreamed of, as a reporter at the New York Daily News.The combination of coming-of-age story and recollections of a life spent in the newsroom proved to be magnetic. I share some of that background with the author, whi [...]
This is a great book; it is a memoir and is easy to read. The first thing that I always looked in a book is how many chapters it has and how long the chapters are, I like when the book has many chapters that are not that long, it just makes the book easier to read, this was no exception, I like that.It is a memoir, entertaining, fun.It gives you the insider look of a reporter at the New York Daily News which I found very interesting; even when I am an Engineer. Recommend it.
A definite 4.5 stars! Great book. Very well written, based on the authors own life. Set in New York in the 60s through to present day, he tells his story of growing up in the Projects, describes the decline of these communities and his own struggles with school, college and his dream to become a journalist. A lot of funny tales, great characters and what appears to be an honest insight into the world of journalists, reporters and newspapers. Highly recommended
Great book!!!! Not only was the story very, very good, it brought me back to the days of my childhood since I am a New Yorker, brought up in the projects in my early years. I was able to relate to this story in a very personal way.Although living in the projects helped to picture the story as I was reading it, you do not had to have come from them to enjoy a very good book!!
terrific coming of age book by a nyc journalist. heartfelt and honest.
An honest look at growing up in the 60's in the projects and fulfilling a dream of becoming a newspaper writer.
LaRosa's tender and humorous memoir was inspired by his roots in public housing, catholic school, Parkchester, Orchard Beach, and the New York Daily News. For me, a boomer and native New Yorker, such wonderful material is right in my wheelhouse and made a very enjoyable read.
Ken Auletta, author and writer, The New Yorker magazine, says: Paul LaRosa has written a poignant and funny memoir that stretches in an unstraight line from mean Bronx streets to the newsroom of the Daily News. Along the way, in snappy prose, he sprinkles wisdom about New York, the pull of peers and of family, the ambition and pride that propels a working class kid to succeed, and a portrait of the zany New York Daily News newsroom that is one part exhilaration, and one part Front Page. At the e [...]
I received this book from a giveaway. While I did enjoy the stories in this book, it took me a while to get into it. It was cool to learn that the project were not always what I thought they were. I have never been to New York but from this book I imagine it to be a beautiful place filled with both horrible and wonderful things. Overall this book for me gets a solid 4-star rating.
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