The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block

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5.8 X 1.2 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Wakin has been an editor and reporter at The New York Times since 2000. He currently is the deputy editorial director of NYT Global, a team established in 2016 to increase the international audience of The New York Times. Previously, he was a deputy editor in the Culture Department, with responsibility for the daily Arts section and international cultural coverage. As a reporter for the Times, his beats included religion, classical music and dance, and general assignment in the Metro department. He has covered stories in more than a dozen countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, including the election of two popes. He also took part in the group that produced the Emmy-nominated multimedia project Inside the Quartet. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in the Classics, Mr. Wakin continues to be an avid amateur clarinetist. The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block is his first book.


"An urban anthropological biography of seven Upper West Side buildings [that] provides an inviting window on New York's variety and vibrancy." --The New York Times

"The history of New York is so vast that it lends itself to volumes of extreme length. This slim book is a welcome breezy complement to those encyclopedic accounts." --The New York Times Book Review

"Wakin's aim is to find the hidden lives in these stalwart buildings of New York's Upper West Side, but it is he who breathes life into them in this wonderful reverie of a book. All city streets should have such history; and all micro-histories -- peopled with Runyan-esque gangsters, early biotech adventurers, and unscrupulous society folk--should have a chronicler the likes of Wakin to lend them the breadth, insight, and vitality that you will find on each and every page." --Jonathan Rabb, author of Among the Living, and many others.

"A riveting true crime story that also unlocks the doors of some of New York's most evocative characters of the last century. A great read for anyone interested in the secrets of the city." -- Michael Gross, editor, Avenue Magazine, and author of 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building

"A wonderful writer and terrific reporter, Daniel Wakin brings alive the many tales of a single city block, taking us on journey back to a vanished New York." --Michael Shapiro, author ofThe Last Good Season and Bottom of the Ninth

"For fans of New York-iana, including historic preservation buffs as well as collectors of true crime, eccentrics, and odd moments."-- Kirkus Review