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

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

by Daniel J. Wakin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628728453
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 320,940
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae ix

Introduction xiii

1 The Planning, Stage 1: "Bags of Money" 1

2 Origins: "A Benefit to the Neighborhood" 11

3 The Kidnapping: "You Are His God Now" 20

4 No. 330: Baking Powder: "Their Difficulties Are Well Known" 28

5 The Planning, Stage 2: "One Good Ton Deserves Another" 42

6 No. 331: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" 48

7 The Heist, Part I: "Ramshackle or Abandoned Mansions" 57

8 No. 333: The Canavans, Bellow, and the Duke 61

9 The Heist, Part II: "Say a Word, and It Spits" 67

10 No. 334: Adrenaline and "Sakura, Sakura" 72

11 The Getaway: Bennie Loses a Leg 87

12 No. 334, Continued: "Four Out of Five Have It" 95

13 The Hunt: "A Motion Picture Director's Dream" 99

14 No. 335: "More Potent for Evil" 113

15 The Gang Disintegrates: "I Lived High, Wide, and Handsome" 122

16 No. 336: Rubber and Clay 131

17 Breakthrough 137

18 No. 337: Miss Havisham's House: "Freedom Was Mine" 153

19 Farewells 168

20 The Fates of Townhouses: "Life Is Particularly Difficult" 178

Chronology 194

Acknowledgments 197

A Note on Sources 200

Bibliography 203

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