New York City woke up Saturday morning without one of its most recognizable and beloved figures.
Late Mayor Ed Koch was a strong supporter and champion of gay rights, but when it came to the issue of his own sexual orientation, he steadfastly maintained a commitment to privacy.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was one of Mayor Ed Koch’s loudest critics, but was remembering the mayor fondly upon his death Friday.
Mayor Ed Koch was known as the quintessential New Yorker, and left a lasting impression.
Ed Koch was a major player on the New York political stage for almost 50 years, winning friends and gaining foes and sometimes turning the one into the other.
Those who knew him best said Ed Koch was in private almost exactly as you saw him in public, but even more candid and frank.
Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital of congestive heart failure. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Most people who knew late former New York City Mayor Ed Koch say he was a character. but according to Rutgers University Newark Professor Robert Snyder, his comments weren’t always entertaining.
Statements and condolences have been pouring in since news that former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died early Friday morning.
“How’m I doin’?” That was the refrain of Edward Irving Koch, who we knew simply as Ed Koch.
“How’m I doing?” was his trademark question to constituents, although the answer mattered little to Koch. The mayor always thought he was doing wonderfully.
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Former New York City mayor Ed Koch passed away Friday at the age of 88. Known for his outspoken personality and famous remarks, Koch was not shy about speaking his mind, often giving reporters plenty to write about.
Neal Barsky, the filmmaker behind the documentary “Koch” joined The Couch by phone to tell us what it was like to work with the beloved New York City Mayor.
“Shock, frankly, all though I knew that Ed was not well and I knew that we has in intensive care. Still, I was not quite prepared for that,” Dinkins said. “He seems to be indestructible. I thought he’d go on forever.”