A crowded house of Upper West Side enthusiasts soaked up the fascinating stories Dan Wakin brought to life last night–tales of industrialists, showgirls, and even hoodlums who inhabited Riverside Drive in the early 20th century. In conversation with Connie Rosenblum, Dan Wakin, author of “The Man With The Sawed Off Leg” evoked the spirits of Bennie “The Bum” McMahon and his gang, who he says he “can practically see coming out of these houses” on RSD at 104th Street. Watch the Movietone News coverage (August 22, 1934) of the armored car heist for a taste of all the excitement!

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