Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #87

87 Joseph MitchellJoseph Mitchell (1908 – 1996)

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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  1. Joseph Mitchell was a wonderful writer and Up in the Old Hotel is a gem – a vital part of my New York library. Included in that anthology is McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon. Joe Gould yclept Professor Seagull who became Mitchell’s obsession was known to frequent the Minetta Tavern before it became chic and trendy.
    Up in the Old Hotel is published by Knopf and peculiarly the publisher classifies the book as fiction. Maybe that’s why they gave Garth Hallberg a 2 million dollar advance

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