Mystery of the Man in White, Redux
The curious mystery of the man in white is nearing resolution, thanks to all the reader input. Using the commentary as basis for research, we stopped into Rosario’s for a couple slices and to see if we could elicit more information. One of the workers there was able to fill in some of the blanks.
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Apparently, his name is Jimmy, and he’s been living in the neighborhood since the 1960s. Jimmy Blanco, as the pizza crew refers to him, allegedly attended NYU back in the day and is extremely pro-environment. Perhaps this best explains his drive toward keeping Hell Square clean by scraping stickers, flyers, and wheat-paste from street furniture. “Jimmy Blanco,” the same worker intimated, “when he’s around, you know you’re safe.”
And whether Jimmy is a landlord or an enemy of Nathan, as one commenter posited, is still open to debate. But reader Lizbee is not convinced. She left the following message on the post:
he lives in my building! on orchard above the sixth ward [191 Orchard]. no one here knows what is up with him. often he can be heard screaming and crying while walking down the stairs. some people recently moved in and said he came to their apartment claiming he forgot his toilet paper in there! so hes sleeping in vacant apartments on occasion? he said hi once in the last year and threw away another new neighbor’s doormat because it was getting in his way.so we think it’s pretty clear he has severe mental issues,although he doesn’t seem dangerous. he is definitely NOT the landlord. i try to avoid him at all costs.