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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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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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