The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #87
Although The New Yorker has employed many of the greatest reporters and columnists in the history of American journalism, Joseph Mitchell was such a great chronicler of New York life that his editor held out hope for 32 years of the most epic case of writer’s block. In addition to his articles and books such as Up in the Old Hotel, My Ears Are Bent, and Joe Gould’s Secret, Mitchell was one of the most active consumers and encouragers of New York City culture. By the time he died, the North Carolina native had served on the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture, the Gypsy Lore Society, and was one of the founders of the South Street Seaport Museum.
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