Paul LaRosa reads from Leaving Story Avenue: My Journey from the Projects to the Front Page (Park Slope Publishing, 2012)

In Leaving Story Avenue, Paul LaRosa details his life journey from childhood in a Bronx housing project to working at the New York Daily News during the turbulent 1970s and early 1980s. Subsequently, he moved on to television production, most notably with the CBS News magazine 48 Hours, where he worked for almost 20 years. The memoir is a newsman’s lively account of a now-legendary period in New York journalistic history, a time that included the Son of Sam homicides, the 1977 blackout and ensuing looting, and the city’s near plunge into bankruptcy.

“[LaRosa] sprinkles wisdom about New York, the pull of peers and family, the ambition and pride that propels a working class kid to succeed.”

–Ken Auletta, The New Yorker