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Outside Event: Hamill & Haberman, Stories of New York

September 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Growing up in Brooklyn, legendary journalist Pete Hamill was an altar boy in church and helped out a rabbi on Saturdays in a nearby synagogue. “He tried to teach me Yiddish,” Hamill remembers, “and I did my little part trying to explain to him that the Cincinnati Reds were not Socialists. They were a baseball team.”  The experience shaped a credo the renowned reporter and best-selling novelist lives and writes by. “New York City,” Hamill says, “is the capital of people who are not like you. Absorb as much as you can.”

In a career spanning six decades, Pete Hamill has absorbed his city, written its stories, and imagined still more in his eleven novels. On September 8th at 3 pm at the Center for Jewish History, the celebrated storyteller sits down with another notable New Yorker and his former New York Post colleague: Bronx native and acclaimed New York Times reporter Clyde Haberman.  Both sons of immigrants, Hamill and Haberman will talk about the Irish and Jewish neighborhoods they came from, the immigrant experience then and now, the tabloid that launched their careers, and the ever-changing city that continues to inspire.

Program will be followed by a reception.

Ticket Info: $20 general, $15 seniors and $12 CJH/Partner members and students

About the Speakers:

A journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator, as well as a cartoonist and artist, Pete Hamill was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935. The first of seven children of Catholic immigrants from Belfast, Hamill left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and completed his high school education while serving in the Navy. He studied painting and writing in college on the GI Bill and joined the New York Post as a reporter in 1960. His newspaper career spanned decades and included positions at the Post, the New York Daily News, the Village Voice, and New York Newsday. He was also editor of the Post, and  editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News and wrote longer pieces for New York magazine, the New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and other periodicals. The author of both nonfiction and fiction, Hamill has written eleven novels, including the national bestseller Snow in August; a story about the unlikely friendship between a young Irish Catholic boy and an elderly Jewish rabbi in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Columbia Journalism Award for Lifetime Achievement, the George Polk Career Award, and the  Irish American Writers & Artists Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clyde Haberman first worked at The New York Times as a copy boy in 1964, then as a campus correspondent at City College of New York. In 1966, he began reporting for the New York Post, ultimately returning to the Times in 1977 as an editor in the Week in Review section. He went on to become a Metro reporter, City Hall Bureau chief and, from 1982 to 1995, a foreign correspondent based successively in Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem. Returning home, he wrote NYC, his twice-a-week column on New York, from 1995 to 2011. In 2009, he was part of a Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, awarded for coverage of the prostitution scandal that led to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation. Since 2014 he written a regular Times column accompanying Retro Report, a series of video documentaries exploring major news stories of the past and their continuing resonance. Haberman is the writer and editor of The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities That Shape the Decade  published in 2013 by Black Dog & Leventhal. Among other journalistic honors, he was inducted into the New York Press Club’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

Auditorium Tickets are sold out however seats outside of the auditorium are available HERE

PLEASE NOTE: This is a simulcast. You will view the program in a separate room on a large screen.

AIHS Members enter code: Hamill for a discount

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September 8, 2019
3:00 pm


Center For Jewish History
15 W 16th St, New York , NY 10011 United States
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The American Irish Historical Society
The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
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