Author's Free Book Talk: The Man with the Sawed-off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:30 pm Hostelling International NYC 891 Amsterdam Avenue (103rd Street) FREE! Everyone is welcome!
Daniel J. Wakin's book tells the fascinating history of seven Beaux Art townhouses on Riverside Drive between 105th and 106th Streets – an "only if the walls could talk" kind of tale. Residents of the homes were among the most famous New Yorkers of their time: Marian Davies; Duke Ellington; the Fabers of pencil factory fame; Lucretia Davis, heir to the baking powder fortune; two mayors; lots of gangsters and more.
The title refers to the unfortunate fate of a gangster who was shot in the leg in the course of an armored car robbery and died in one of the townhouses that his gang was using as a safe house.
Mr. Wakin will talk about the history of the seven townhouses and reflect on what their stories tell us about New York City and especially the Upper West Side.
Daniel J. Wakinis the deputy editorial director of NYT Global, a team established to increase the international audience of The New York Times. Previously, he was a deputy editor in the culture department. As a reporter for The Times, his beats included religion, classical music and dance, and night rewrite. He has covered stories in the Middle East and Europe, including the election of two popes, and served as a correspondent for The Associated Press in Rome, Johannesburg and Newark.
Presented by Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group With Columbus Amsterdam BID and Hostelling International
Free Walking Tours of Historic Bloomingdale Explore the History of the Upper West Side between W. 96th and W. 110th Streets
Led by Local Historian Jim Mackin January 28, 2018 (Sun.) at 1:00pm
Meet at Hostelling International-NY 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street More info 212-666-9774 or firstname.lastname@example.org sponsored by the Columbus/Amsterdam BID and Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group