NYC Honorary Street Names


Jimmy Breslin Way (Manhattan)
Present name:42nd Street
Location:Between Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Honoree: James Earle “Jimmy” Breslin (1928-2017) was a native New Yorker, award-winning journalist, and American author. Over his long career he produced over 6,000 newspaper columns; 1,500 major magazine pieces; and 20 books; three of them bestsellers. Born in Queens, he was known for his ability to communicate the thoughts and needs of New York’s working class. His reporting on the “Son of Sam” killings and on the scandals of Borough President Donald Manes demonstrated the way he was never afraid to uncover the truth. His reporting at the Daily News earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. He used his position to raise the voices of those who had gone unheard. He served as the voice of this city for over 60 years as a lead columnist, and was considered a leader in "New Journalism." His portrayal of President John F. Kennedy’s gravedigger gave Americans an understanding of working-class life. This style of reporting, now referred to as the “Gravedigger Theory,” is taught in journalism schools across the country. This sign is located near 220 East 42nd Street, the former Daily News Building. (Powers)

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