James (Jimmy) Neary
Born: September 14th, 1930
Died: October 1st, 2021
Jimmy Neary, an Irish immigrant who boarded a ship to the United States in the 1950s and went on to open a namesake pub and restaurant in Manhattan that for more than a half century has been a canteen for New York City power brokers, died on October 1st at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.
His daughter Una Neary confirmed the death. With Neary’s, which opened on St Patrick’s Day in 1967, Neary ran the kind of fabled establishment that people now say is part of a vanishing New York. There, diners sit at red leather banquettes in a room of red tablecloths to eat hearty fare like lamb chops with mint jelly. A dress code forbids T-shirts and shorts, and the walls are lined with pictures of famous customers, like Ted Kennedy, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani and Kathie