Sign up for Reread: New York Hustlers

In this special newsletter miniseries, we’re resurfacing classic stories about scammers, grifters, and strivers from the New York Magazine archives and delivering a new one to you each week. Every edition will feature an introduction by New York city editor Christopher Bonanos, examining how the story came together, why it was so explosive when it was published, why it’s worth revisiting now, and what happened to the principal characters after its initial publication.

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