Stephanie Harrington, the senior reporter for MyhometownBronxville, died on Saturday, November 8 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. She was 71 years old. Hired by MyhometownBronxville in August, 2007, Stephanie helped launch this on-line newspaper.
Her witty and sometimes acerbic articles were noted for their depth of research and high caliber of writing. “I was particularly struck by her passion and work ethic,” said Sarah Thornton-Clifford, President of MyhometownBronxville. "She would argue persuasively for her point of view and you could always count on her to deliver beyond your expectations.”
During her lifetime Stephanie published in such magazines as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The Nation, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Village Voice, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Newsday and many others.
Of particular note was her work at the Village Voice. She was one of the first reporters/columnists hired at the Village Voice. She covered the arts and founded the Voice’s television section. She also covered the obscenity trials of The Living Theatre (she was friends with Living Theatre Founders Julian Beck and Judith Malina) and Lenny Bruce.
Unusually versatile in her reporting skills, she wrote interesting stories on the issues, people, shops, restaurants and events occurring in Bronxville. Among her most notable stories for MyhometownBronxville were the ones covering the WCI development on Kensington Road and the Alicia Eimicke court decision. A particularly moving article was on Joy Kilburn and the closing of Cliffhangers. Her restaurant reviews were honest and superior to restaurant reviewers for other major publications.
"She could take the most mundane topic and weave it into a fascinating story,” said Marcia Lee, Managing Editor of MyhometownBronxville. “Her death is a great loss to the paper.”
Born Stephanie Gervis in 1937, she grew up in Mount Vernon and she received a B.A. cum laude in English from Cornell University. She married Edward Michael Harrington in 1963, the well known social activist whose classic, The Other America, published in 1962, provided a landmark description of poverty in American in the 1960s.
In 1989, Michael Harrington died of cancer leaving Stephanie to raise their two sons Alexander and Edward Michael (Ted). She is survived by them and her beloved dog, Shamus.
Pictured here: Stephanie Harrington with the late David Halberstam at the Brenden Gill..
Photo by N. Bower