NEW YORK (NBC) - A New York man is now the oldest man in the world.
At 111 1/4 years old, Alex Imich attained the distinction when the previous record holder died on April 24.
After blowing out these candles at his recent birthday celebration, Alex Imich has earned himself the title of oldest man in the world. A distinction he honors with humor.
The 111 year old spends his days in his upper West Side apartment surrounded by artwork painted by his late wife.
He has a live-in home health aid and gets daily visits from good friends Trish Corbett and Michael Mannion, who are inspired by the super centenarian's curious mind.
Alex was born in Poland in February 1903, more than a year before the NYC subway system opened and just months after the Wright Brothers flew an airplane. He recalls the first time he saw one land.
Alex fled Poland when the Nazi's took over in 1939.
He ended up in a slave labor camp in Russia, and eventually went back to Poland where he got his PhD in zoology.