Jimmy Neary, proprietor of iconic NYC pub Neary’s, useless at 91

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One of New York City’s most beloved publicans has died.

Jimmy Neary, proprietor of the enduring Neary’s restaurant and pub on 57th Street and First Avenue, died peacefully in his sleep Friday evening, his household introduced. He was 91.

The cheerful, ever-smiling Irishman opened Neary’s greater than 50 years in the past, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1967. It’s been a New York City staple since.

“We want to thank you all for being a part of his life. Dad loved you all and he cherished being with you for the past 55+ years,” the household wrote in assertion posted on the door of Neary’s Saturday evening. 

“You were all a critical part of his family and enriched his life in countless ways. As he always said ‘I love my life!’”

The restaurant is predicted to be briefly closed, whereas the household mourns, makes funeral preparations and plans different occasions to mark the demise of its patriarch.

Neary opened his famous pub on St. Patrick's Day in 1967.
Neary opened his well-known pub on St. Patrick’s Day in 1967.
Tamara Beckwith

Neary’s has been a longtime favourite St. Paddy’s day cease for a slew of politicians and different celebrities through the years, together with former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and New York Gov. George Pataki. 

Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Hugh Carey, Ed Koch and Tip O’Neill are simply among the well-known names who’ve taken a seat on the bar for a pint of Guinness.

Neary was recognized for personally greeting all of his visitors, whose firm who he relished.

“It’s lovely, this life,” Neary advised The Post in an interview in 2013 about working his restaurant. “Everybody’s smiling. They might be a sourpuss when they come in, but they won’t be when we get done talking to them.”

Neary was born in Ireland and came to New York City in 1954.
Neary was born in Ireland and got here to New York City in 1954.
Michael Hicks

Neary bought his begin as a 15-year-old bar apprentice within the Irish city of Tubbercurry, in County Sligo, pulling in just some {dollars} every week. That’s when a buddy of his mom’s, who’d emigrated to the US, provided to sponsor him in America.

He arrived in 1954, discovered an residence in The Bronx and a gig as a porter on the New York Athletic Club. Restaurateur P.J. Moriarty, a membership member, took discover of the hardworking Neary and provided him a job at Moriarty’s namesake Sixth Avenue eatery.

He served a stint within the US Army, later changing into a full-time bartender at Moriarty’s, the place he met his wife-to-be, Eileen. They married in 1963 and went on to have 4 youngsters.

He opened his personal spot at 358 E. 57th Street with fellow bartender Brian Mulligan, who had noticed a newspaper advert for the property. They plunked down $500 for the lease and three months later, opened their doorways.