Posts Tagged ‘the bronx’

Sometimes, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York reminds me of the haughty leaders of The Capitol in the novel and movie “The Hunger Games.” In the last couple of weeks, the Archdiocese, as it does nearly every year, released its hit list of schools that it deems expendable come June unless those schools come up […]

…and I have to celebrate a little today with a post about “Leaving Story Avenue, my journey from the projects to the front page.” When you’re a writer (or any creative person), you always wonder what the reaction will be to something you’ve produced. Will readers like, hate it, point out mistakes? That is the […]

An old grade school friend sent me this photo the other day. It shows me and a group of 7th classmates from the Blessed Sacrament School in the Bronx on an outing to the United Nations in the mid-’60s. I have zero memory of this trip, even now that I’ve been shown the picture. But […]

A couple of years ago, I was having lunch with a friend and telling him about the memoir I was writing. “What makes you think anyone would want to read about your life?” he asked. It was a reasonable question because I’m not famous, drug-addicted, bulimic or any of the other things that some people […]

I was lucky enough to be quoted in a New York Times article this past week about Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and her years at Blessed Sacrament grade school which we both attended at the same time. As a result of that article, I’ve heard from a ton of people from the old days […]

There’s a relatively new book out that examines what it was like to grow up in Co-op City, not too far from where I lived in the Bronx. I always wondered about those behemoths near City Island and I bet a lot of you have too. That’s why this book, “The Bookmaker: A Memoir of […]

I read all the newspaper stories today about Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and while they all mentioned her Catholic School education at Cardinal Spellman High School, not one mentioned that — for the EIGHT years before that — she attended Blessed Sacrament School on Beach Avenue. So did I — at […]

When I read about the New York Yankees slashing their top ticket prices from $2,500 per game to the bargain basement price of $1,250, I don’t know whether to laugh or get sick to my stomach. I’ve always been a Yankee fan (how can you not growing up in da Bronx?) but come on! The […]

Today would have been my father’s 84th birthday but he died back in 1995 so the only place I could visit him was St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx. While I was there, I started thinking about him, and growing up not too far away in the James Monroe projects, also in the Bronx. I […]