Current and former city leaders celebrated Jimmy Neary, a beloved bar owner, at the renaming of East 57th Street and First Avenue to "Jimmy Neary Way" Wednesday.
Neary, an Irish immigrant, opened "Neary's" pub in Manhattan on Saint Patrick's Day in 1967, according to the New York Post.
The pub was a popular eatery for local politicians and celebrities, including former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"He really did personify the best of our city and our country, I think," Bloomberg said at Wednesday's ceremony. "He was an immigrant who arrived here with nothing, worked two jobs, saved enough to open a business and worked night and day, seven days a week, for the rest of his life."
Notable attendees at the street renaming included Bloomberg, former Gov. George Pataki, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and Mayor Eric Adams.
"We do a lot of street names," Adams said. "Rarely do we get a crowd like this."
City Councilwoman Julie Menin, who represents parts of the Upper East Side, sponsored the resolution for the renaming that passed in June — she also attended the ceremony.
Wednesday would have been Neary's 92nd birthday. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 1, 2021, the Post reported.