NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a strange coincidence.
A new documentary about Mayor Ed Koch opened in theaters on Friday. Koch did see the movie before he died and said there were some things about it that he didn’t like.
However, the filmmaker and movie goers said it stands as a fitting tribute to a man who loved public life and who loved publicity.
“I would have seen it anyway, but I really felt obligated to come today,” Chelsea resident Elizabeth Greenberg told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
On the big screen at Lincoln Cinemas on the Upper West Side was the big personality, big heart, and, yes, big mouth of the legendary New Yorker.
“He basked in the glow of the spotlight,” said “Koch” filmmaker Neil Barsky.
Barsky said he interviewed Koch in 2010 and early 2011, with no ground rules and no promises.
“He never asked us to do anything other than let him see it and I think he was worried it would be tougher,” Barsky said.