paul la rosa

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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On the inside of a song…

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Mar 23, 2016

A couple of years ago, I bought a guitar. Aside from the very few lessons I took as a teenager, I never played but I’ve listened to music forever so I thought why not? I knew it would be tough (and it is) but I hoped I’d get some enjoyment out of trying to play […]

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Donald Trump would be my 4th….

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Apr 5, 2016

Just to be clear, I’m not voting for Donald Trump BUT, if he were to become president, he would be the 4th president I’ve met one on one. I’m not rooting for him but I like to keep track of my close encounters of a presidential kind. Here they are in order: Richard Nixon — […]

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If you’re looking for a horror movie this summer, might I suggest “Weiner?”

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Jun 3, 2016

This new documentary about the former Congressman from New York is downright frightening in its intensity for Anthony Weiner and his-wife-who-deserves-so-much-better Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s right hand woman. She’s so close to the Clintons that Bill once referred to her as his second daughter. The film documents Weiner’s run to become mayor of New York […]

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We are all “soft targets” so what are we to do?

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Jun 12, 2016

As security experts have gotten smarter and better at protecting government, corporate and military facilities from being attacked, Islamic radicals and others have turned their attention on the rest of us–the so-called “soft targets” like the patrons of the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, site of the latest unspeakable tragedy. No use mentioning the shooter’s […]

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The FBI missed Omar Mateen but, then again, this is the agency that investigated Lee Harvey Oswald….

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Jun 13, 2016

People across the country have expressed shock and/or outrage that Omar Mateen was able to murder 49 patrons of a gay nightclub even though the FBI conducted a 10-month investigation of him in 2013 after he reportedly told co-workers he was connected to terrorists. To quote the New York Times story: “First he claimed family […]

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