Editor, The Local East Village
Daniel Maurer is currently editor of the Local East Village. Previously, at New York magazine, he started as an online producer and editor of nightlife listings (also contributing to the magazine) and then co-founded Grub Street, one of New York's pioneering restaurant blogs, in 2006. While writing more than 7,500 posts over the course of five years, Maurer grew the blog's traffic steadily and helped expand it to five other cities. Grub Street New York was nominated for three James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards— it won in 2008 (for Multimedia Writing on Food) and then again in 2011 (for Group Blog) when Maurer was chief editor. It has also been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and won a MIN Best of the Web award in 2007.
Before joining New York, Maurer was assistant editor at Grove/Atlantic. He edited bestselling author Winston Groom’s 1942: The Year That Tried Men’s Souls, as well as Under Radar, a novel by Michael Tolkin, author of The Player. He also acquired nonfiction such as Pigeons by Andrew Blechman and novels such as I, Lucifer by Glenn Duncan. His interest in Spanish, Latin American, and Latino literature (which he studied at Sarah Lawrence College) took him to an editors conference in Buenos Aires and to the National Latino Writers Conference in Albuquerque, where he was a speaker and instructor. He has also graduated from and spoken at the Radcliffe Publishing Course, now the Columbia Publishing Course.
Maurer is the author of a book of satirical humor, Brocabulary, and his humor and journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Metro, McSweeneys.net, Gawker and other websites. He was a contributor to the Shecky’s Bar, Club, and Lounge Guide: 2005 and his story “The Condiment War” was anthologized in Lost and Found: Stories from New York. He is currently at work on a novel. His personal interests include music (at the Knitting Factory, he edited the Knotes program guide), travel (he has published dispatches from Chile and Argentina), and of course the history of New York City and especially the East Village— he currently resides in Allen Ginsberg’s old apartment on East 12th Street.