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Mourning the ‘Man in White’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 24, 2019 at 5:08 am

Orchard Street won’t be the same. There has been an outpouring of grief in the week since Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, the so-called “man in white,” passed away from Lymphoma. News of his death seemed to touch a nerve on the hyperlocal level. You may not have known him personally, but his presence – dressed in […]

RIP Lower East Side Man in White, ‘Jimmy Blanco’

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s a sad day for the Lower East Side. Jimmy Becker, known colloquially as “Jimmy Blanco” for perennially roaming the streets dressed in all white, passed away this week after a battle with Lymphoma. It’s believed he was about 69 or 70. Apparently, a neighbor in his building called EMS a couple weeks ago after […]

Subway Scenes: Another Man in White

Posted February 8, 2013 at 6:19 am

It would appear that the mysterious man in white – Jimmy Blanco – has some competition from a younger generation.

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The Napkin Series #1: Jimmy Blanco in White

Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

One drunken night at the local hang resulted in our newest Bowery Boogie feature.

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Dress Cues from the Man in White

Posted September 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

Here on the Lower East Side, the seasons are gauged not by street fashions or the length of shadows on the sidewalks.

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Early Edition: February 11

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

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New Summer Dress Code for the Mysterious Man in White

Posted July 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

This brutal heat and humidity is even too much for the mysterious Man in White, a/k/a Jimmy Blanco.  We spotted him walking along Delancey the other night, sporting a new summer getup.

Mystery of the Man in White, Redux

Last modified June 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

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.

Who is the Mysterious Man in White?

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm

A number of readers have recently emailed us regarding the mysterious white-robed man who walks the streets of the Lower East Side.  His entire outfit – shoes, pants, shirt, hat – is all white. And there’s usually a plastic bag containing white matter dangling from his waist.  He is everywhere!

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