Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey from the Projects to the Front Page

Overview

Paul LaRosa was a clueless kid growing up in a Bronx housing project when he discovered there might be more 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 ...

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Overview

Paul LaRosa was a clueless kid growing up in a Bronx housing project when he discovered there might be more 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 naïf 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's history: the city's brush with bankruptcy, the terror reign of Son of Sam, a riotous blackout and the murder of John Lennon. Thanks to The News, Paul was there every step of the way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983796305
  • Publisher: Park Slope Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 1,004,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul LaRosa is an Emmy-award winning producer at CBS News but got his start as a newspaper reporter at The New York Daily News. He also has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and has authored four previous non-fiction books. To read his blog and for more information, please go to his website: www.paullarosa.com.
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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    This book reminds us that it is not where we came from that deci

    This book reminds us that it is not where we came from that decides whether or not we are successful....many memories of days gone by, when we played 'outside; without cell phones, computers or groups....when it was you as a kid 'against the world'...and we usually won! Makes you feel like you are there...from virtual poverty to famous.... great read....

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