May 18: Book signing with Daniel Simone, author of “The Pierre Hotel Affair”
Snug in their beds, still sleeping off their New Year’s celebratory hangovers, the wealthy guests of New York City’s posh Pierre Hotel rested easy in the belief that their jewels and valuables were safe and sound, locked in the hotel’s safety deposit boxes downstairs. But at 4 a.m. on January 2, 1972, a gang of eight tuxedo-clad men arrived in a limousine, forced their way past the night doorman, and systematically took control of the hotel in what was to become the biggest unsolved jewel heist in American history. This robbery case was never resolved, and though some members of the gang were caught, they were never convicted.
Daniel Simone, narrative nonfiction author, will sign copies of his book, The Pierre Hotel Affair, on Friday, May 18, from 2-5 p.m. in the Museum’s retail store. There is no charge to enter the retail store.
Daniel Simone has co-written autobiographies and published numerous shorter pieces on prominent figures in film, theater and fiction. In September of 2012, he appeared in the one-hour Biography Channel documentary on the life and career of Jimmy “the Gent” Burke.
A graduate of Long Island University, he also has written for the Long Island University weekly chronicle, the Long Island Pulse magazine, Village Voice, The Boulevard magazine and Dan’s Papers.
Besides The Pierre Hotel Affair, he is the author of The Lufthansa Heist, written in collaboration with the late mobster Henry Hill. Current projects include The Retrial of Charles Manson. In 1969 while employed at Grumman Aerospace Industries as a technician, he had a role in the assembly of the Apollo 11 lunar module, the first spacecraft to successfully land on the moon.