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Jimmy Neary has made the dream of millions of New York City immigrants a reality, creating a legacy for himself and his family in America.

His adopted town is now paying a forever tribute to the Irish native, on what would have been his 92nd birthday.


The Jimmy Neri Way was dedicated on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET in honor of the late owner of Neri’s restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, which famously opened on St. Patrick’s Day 1967.

His eatery soon became a favorite destination for local residents and visitors from far and wide, with everyday New Yorkers mingling with electricians and celebrities pushing for tables in his iconic dining room.

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Jimmy’s daughter and now owner Una Neri told WPIX, “It is the greatest gift to have him named on your favorite street for the rest of the time.” and East 57th Street in honor of her father.

Born in County Sligo, Ireland, Jimmy Neary moved to New York City in 1954 and soon found work in the bar business.

Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hugh Carey, Ed Koch and Tip O’Neill were some of Neary’s most famous clients, as reported by the New York Post in its 2021 obituary.

Jimmy Neri Way was dedicated on September 14, 2022 in honor of beloved NYC restaurateur Jimmy Neri at the corner of First Avenue and East 57th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Neri passed away on October 1, 2021 at the age of 91.

Among his regulars were the late noted journalist Jimmy Breslin, longtime television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Gifford tweeted on Wednesday, “Today my dear friend, Jimmy Neri, will be honored on his 92nd birthday, whose 57th and first name will be Jimmy Neri Way.”

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“I can’t imagine anyone else deserving of this honor! I send my love to the close family on this special day,” she also said.

In other honors in their lives, Jimmy and Eileen Neary dined at the White House with President George HW Bush in celebration of peace efforts in Northern Ireland.

Neri was cremated at nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral, commanded by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

“For so many people,[Nearies]is a home,” the late mystery novelist Mary Higgins Clark, patron for more than 40 years, told the New York Post in a 2013 story about the pub.

“He makes everyone feel like it’s his day when they walk in the door.”

“Nearies is a New York institution—and one of my favorite places to have dinner—because Jimmy was a New York veteran,” Bloomberg posted on Twitter following the restaurant’s author’s death.

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Una Neri told the New York Post, “My father had this unique ability to connect with anyone of any age on any topic. He was a great storyteller and people were drawn to him. He was like a magnet. He was extraordinary.” october.

“What he did is do what he loved, and he just loved people. It was about the people for him,” she said.

“He’d say he didn’t care if the restaurant ever made a dime, he just wanted to be around people.”

New York City loved him back.