I'm Writing for The New York Times
I did mention Paul Newman and how he came to my neighborhood to film a scene from his romantic comedy Fort Apache, The Bronx... The grand majority is about my father and his efforts working two jobs so he could get his family the hell out of the Bronx.
Interestingly, Ed Dee, a terrific crime novelist, was a police lieutenant in the precinct two blocks from my home while I was living there. He also was inspired by the setting.
There's also going to be a slideshow with audio by me and my father on the Times website starting tomorrow. Of course, I'll link when I get an address. Wonder if I'll have to pay to see the slideshow? Of course, I would. It'll be a hoot. My father wouldn't since (as I'm sure he'd point out) he's seen me plenty.
Anyway, the thing runs in the City Living section so if you don't live in the City, you won't be getting it. Sorry. It's a column called New York Observed. It should be available online. What the ultimate title of my particular piece will be, I haven't got a clue. I called it "The Bronx is the Place You Just Left."