The city has temporarily renamed a Manhattan block to pay tribute to a famed journalist. East 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues is now Jimmy Breslin Way in honor of the legendary New York newspaper columnist.
The Pulitzer Prize-winner covered the city for more than six decades. He spent many years as a columnist for the Daily News, which used to be located on that block. Breslin also wrote for the New York Journal-American, the Herald Tribune, New York Newsday and Newsday. He died in March at the age of 88.
"I didn't know Jimmy Breslin well, but like so many New Yorkers, I hung on his every word," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Because he spoke about the people. He wrote about the people. He looked at this city from the ground up, from the grassroots up."
The mayor only has the authority to temporarily rename streets. A permanent name change would need to pass the City Council. The mayor did not take any questions from reporters at the event honoring the late journalist.
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