paul la rosa

Sometimes we all need beauty in our lives…

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Oct 28, 2018

Sometimes, the world is butt ugly. Eleven members of a synagogue dead in Pittsburgh while attending a bris, two African-Americans killed while grocery shopping in a Kroger’s, suspicious packages sent to politicians who disagree with the President. Even before any of these events took place, I was feeling the oppression of living in New York […]

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Book review: Sally Field was a victim of Hollywood’s casting couch long before Weinstein….

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Oct 7, 2018

Somewhere in the middle of this revelatory and emotionally powerful memoir by Sally Field, she unpacks a story that is a case study in what Hollywood’s casting couch was like, even for an actress who had already starred in two network series—Gidget and The Flying Nun. Field’s career was in a lull after those two shows so […]

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Latest book review: “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs….

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Sep 24, 2018

After reading this memoir about life with her famous father Steve Jobs, one comes away feeling that author Lisa Brennan-Jobs must be the most even-tempered woman on earth. That’s what a bastard Jobs is, and that word does not begin to describe him. But Brennan-Jobs is nothing if not understanding. Even in the title, she […]

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In Lisbon, remembering those who came before….

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Jul 23, 2018

Recently, I visited Lisbon and as I was walking through one of the oldest parts of town–a neighborhood called the Mouraria–I spotted plaques attached to the walls of the ancient buildings that featured senior residents of the block. The plaques are brilliant–stylized photographs designed to remember longtime residents who were there before the shops and […]

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Book Review: “Reporter” by Seymour M. Hersh

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Jun 5, 2018

[Note: A few years back, Ted Sturtz, a former investment banker and lover of books, was dismayed by all the newspapers dropping their book review sections. Feeling there was a place online for thoughtful book reviews, he created the website New York Journal of Books and somewhere along the line asked me to participate which […]

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Who is this other Paul La Rosa anyway?

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May 17, 2018

I know you Google yourself because, let’s face it, everyone does. (Here’s the other guy above and me to the right in case you were having trouble telling us apart.) I hadn’t Googled myself in a while and, when I did recently, I noticed this other Paul La Rosa horning in on my search results. […]

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The island of New York’s unclaimed dead….

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Jan 21, 2017

Back in the 1980’s, when I was a young reporter at the New York Daily News, an excited fisherman called the city desk one day to report on a mysterious island he’d come across up near the Bronx. There was no one living on the island, the man said. All he could see were wooden […]

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Yes, it’s winter and it snowed…

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Jan 24, 2016

This is why true New Yorkers know never to park on the right side of a one-way street because all snow plows in this burg plow to the right! If there’s one thing social media and technology has NOT improved, it’s our coverage of a snowstorm. Why oh why does every storm have to be […]

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My multi-million dollar evening….

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Jan 29, 2017

I know you’ll be shocked to hear this but I don’t get invited to all that many open houses where the price tag for a condo is a gaudy $17.5 million. The word must be out that I’m a journalist. But Thursday night was different. Suddenly, instead of sitting on my sofa eating popcorn and […]

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I miss record stores….

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Mar 4, 2016

Remember record stores? As a baby boomer, record stores were a permanent part of my youth. I spent hours, days, weeks of my teenage years wandering through the aisles of stand-alone shops as well as the record departments at E. J. Korvettes and Alexander’s, browsing and reading liner notes before making my choice. I cannot […]

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