Legendary newspaper columnist, author, and lifetime New Yorker Jimmy Breslin passed away this weekend on March 19 at the age of 88.
Born in Jamaica, Queens, Breslin had a storied, 50-year career which included stints at the New York Herald Tribune, the Daily News, the New York Journal American, Newsday, and others. As a George Polk and Pulitzer Prize award-winning journalist, Breslin was one of the brash, blue-collar fathers of “New Journalism,” bringing literary and storytelling techniques to reporting the news of the day.
We were honored when Jimmy Breslin, a native son of Queens, visited Jackson Heights Community Library to discuss his life and work in 2008. Like all New Yorkers, we will remember his contributions to the unique tapestry of our city.