Jimmy Blanco

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 […]

This Lower East Sider Dressed Up as Jimmy Blanco (aka Man in White) for Halloween

Posted November 1, 2013 at 6:06 am

Jimmy Blanco (aka the man in white) was apparently a Halloween costume choice this year. The imitator – William Rohan – was spotted across the neighborhood last night, including a trick-or-treating stint at Shut NYC on Orchard Street. Not sure how we feel about this one. Seems kinda wrong.

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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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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.