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“It is time for us to call the American bluff. I mean freedom. I mean declaring the Republic of New York.” — Pete Hamill, 1975 #FromtheArchives 

“It is time for us to call the American bluff. I mean freedom. I mean declaring the Republic of New York.” — Pete Hamill, 1975 #FromTheArchives 

“The truth of a time and place is, of course, always illusive; but no historian can tell the story of Miami in the last decade without acknowledging one gigantic fact of municipal life: cocaine.” — Pete Hamill, 1986

“The truth of a time and place is, of course, always illusive; but no historian can tell the story of Miami in the last decade without acknowledging one gigantic fact of municipal life: cocaine.” — Pete Hamill, 1986

“The truth of a time and place is, of course, always illusive; but no historian can tell the story of Miami in the last decade without acknowledging one gigantic fact of municipal life: cocaine.” — Pete Hamill, 1986

“This is more than a sports story. The return of the Yankees to the World Series parallels the astonishing changes in the city in the past few years,” — Pete Hamill on New York City, 1995

“I do this for a living,” he said once. “This is my life, not my hobby!” That attitude was at the heart of the system that later destroyed him and will almost certainly survive him. — Pete Hamill on the death of Queens boss Donald Manes, 1986

“I do this for a living,” he said once. “This is my life, not my hobby!” That attitude was at the heart of the system that later destroyed him and will almost certainly survive him. — Pete Hamill on the death of Queens boss Donald Manes, 1986

“The hicks and the boobs arrive in New York for their tours in the summertime, and they can’t believe it: ‘Too much rushing around for my blood.’ Of course. Too much talent too. Too much energy. Too much intelligence.” — Pete Hamill, 1975

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Read Pete Hamill's 1975 interview with John Lennon for 'Rolling Stone':

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Pete Hamill, a high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist and novelist died on Wednesday. He was 85.

BREAKING | Pete Hamill dead at 85 The legendary journalist and writer had surgery after a fall, but his kidneys and heart failed in ICU, according to his brother, famed journalist Denis Hamill.

So saddened to hear that Pete Hamill passed away. Pete was not just an unsurpassed journalist, editor and writer — he was the voice of New York. We say goodbye today to an irreplaceable New Yorker.​ I know that his legacy and work will live on.

Pete Hamill was working-class Brooklyn down to his bones. The proud, tough, compassionate, eloquent prose that poured from his typewriter gave deepest luster to the glory days of the Big Apple’s tabloid era. We are surely less of a New York without him.

Pete Hamill passed today. One of the great reporters and writers of all time. He was also kind. He helped me when I was in college. Say hello to St. Peter for me, Pete.

The writer Pete Hamill has died at 85. He turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a journalist.

Pete Hamill, whose love affair with New York inspired a colorful and uniquely influential newspaper career and produced several books of fiction and nonfiction, has died at age 85, his brother says.

"When Pete Hamill was editor of the New York Daily News, he had a rule about Donald Trump. The real estate tycoon actually had to do something before he made the pages of the paper. In New York, this was almost revolutionary." From the SD Union Tribune

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