Kid Blink was an organizer of the incredibly riveting history of an 1899 strike by "newsboys" (or, more accurately, "newsies" since some of them were also girls). These street urchins took on the very powerful publishers William Randolf Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer (the original yellow journalists themselves) who were literally squeezing pennies out of the hands of these desperate kids (many of them homeless, though there was a "Newsboys Lodging House" at 9 Duane Street, which would practically be on top of what is the African Burial Site). These kids spent hours in all kinds of weather peddling papers just to scrape enough to eat/pay for a shared bed and they successfully pressured these wealthy publishers to raise their wages.
Anyways, Kid Blink was one of the main organizers who was probably around 16 years old at the time; at some point earlier in life, he lost an eye and wore an eye patch which gave him his street-name. Based on assorted reports at the time and subsequent to the event apparently his real name was Louis Baletti and there is a death certificate for him dying of tuberculosis in 1913 at the age of 30. After the strike in 1899, he apparently became a tour guide for people curious about Chinatown (especially those looking to score some opium) -- a venerable little enterprise if I do say so myself!
There was a Disney movie and a Broadway musical about the newsboy strike in 1899, but I personally haven't seen either. There are some great online resources for learning about the real history and you can start out at the New York Public Library.
(If you are interested in seeing Park Row where many of the old newspapers were, consider taking Big Apple Slices' Lower Manhattan Tour.)