This is my grandfather, John J. Hennessy, also known as Black Jack. He's photographed just to the side of the GPO in New York City, probably in the late 50's or early 60's, note the Horn and Hardart Automat just behind him. He was quite the dapper figure, and this photo was likely taken by his partner in crime Dinny Lambert. They were both from Arklow in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, but had settled on the west side, what is now known as Chelsea, in Manhattan. This photo has generated many stories about Grandpa, and his banjo hat, seen in the photo, not to mention his pretty fantastic dress sense. We also have some amazing photos he took of his work on the subways he helped to build. I'll dig them out next. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos