Quintessential New York reporter Jimmy Breslin was feted Monday night at NYU by former colleagues at the Daily News and Newsday, at an event that featured a surprise appearance by Tony Bennett and lots of anecdotes from Breslin's long career. When it was all over, Breslin, who had been on stage looking "amused or incredulous" during the extolment, took the mic and said, "I don’t want to go back over my life. I don’t want to start doing that, because it is boring, I think, No. 1, and No. 2, I’ll start lying to you." Breslin, an Irish-American known to enjoy a good drink, also revealed that he's given up alcohol on the advice of doctors: "I’m not drinking. If I were drinking at the bar with you, I would tell a lot of lies and I would almost be charming." City Room has a good, thorough report.