NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Remembered as a man with a “big brain, but an even bigger heart,” thousands said goodbye Monday to New York City’s “quintessential mayor,” Ed Koch.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, it was a rousing sendoff for a master showman. Edward Irving Koch, New York City’s 105th mayor – was always larger than life.
With a standing ovation, at least 2,500 mourners applauded as Koch’s wooden casket was carried by six uniformed officers out of Temple Emanu-El to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
“When they played ‘New York, New York’ as Ed was taken out of the synagogue, it couldn’t help but bring a tear to your eye,” former New York Gov. George Pataki told CBS 2’s Lou Young.
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Speaking at the service, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Koch must be “beaming” from all the attention.