Mayor Ed Koch

Former New York Mayors Ed Koch (R) and David Dinkins look on before New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers his annual State of the City address at Morris High School Campus on January 12, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Education reform was a significant part of Bloomberg's address. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Mayor Koch’s Friends: What You Saw Was What You Got

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.


Former New York mayor Ed Koch attends the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. This is the final debate before voters will go to the polls in the 2008 general election on November 4. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dead At 88

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.


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch attends the celebration of his 85th Birthday at the Bryan Cave LLP Celebration at the St. Regis Hotel on November 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)

New Yorkers Remember Koch As A Friendly, Sincere Mayor

For many New Yorkers, it wasn’t the trademark phrase that made him so popular, it was the fact that Koch wanted to know the answer so he could do better by the people of the city he loved.


Ed Koch (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)

Ed Koch’s Persona Transcended Local Politics, Penetrated Pop Culture

Ed Koch, the iconic three term mayor of New York City, became so identified with New York City as to become a kind of “brand ambassador” of the city to America and the world.


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (file / credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Ed Koch Back In The Hospital

Just two days after he was released, former Mayor Ed Koch was back in the hospital Monday.


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (file / credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Koch To Be Released From Hospital On Monday

Former Mayor Ed Koch will be released from the hospital Monday morning after six days of treatment for pneumonia and the flu.


Ed Koch poses during the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge in his honor at The Water Club Restaurant on May 19, 2011.  (credit: JP Yim/Getty Images)

Councilman Peter Vallone Wants To Ban The Renaming Of City Property After Living People

Vallone is concerned about the possibility of the practice currying favor with living people who may be able to endorse campaigns or otherwise help politicians.


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Former Mayor Ed Koch Calls For ‘Canyon Of Heroes’ Parade For Iraq War Veterans

With all the focus on the ticker-tape parade for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, former Mayor Ed Koch is calling for the city to honor Iraq War veterans with a “Canyon of Heroes” celebration.


Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch (credit: JP Yim/Getty Images) | Mayor Michael Bloomberg (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayors Bloomberg, Koch Clash Over Wall Street Protests

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to the defense of banks, former mayor, Ed Koch, angrily called for criminal prosecutions of corporate executives.


Ed Koch (credit: JP Yim/Getty Images); President Barack Obama (credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Ed Koch Rips President Obama’s Israel Policy; Endorses Republican To Send Message

“I disagree with him on the way he views the State of Israel and what I perceive to be his hostility,” Koch said, referring to the President.


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is seen at Gracie Mansion - New York, NY - Jun 17, 2010 - Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Historic House Trust of New York City

Former Mayor Koch Stoked About His Bridge

New York City’s former mayor is thrilled with the proposal to rename the 59th Street Bridge for him.


Rudy Giuliani (credit: Getty Images)

Poll: NYers Pick Koch, Yankees Over Giuliani, Mets

A new poll from the Wall Street Journal has come up with results that may surprise New Yorkers.


Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Koch To Fellow Dems: Dump Assembly Speaker Silver

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says his fellow Democrats should dump one of their leaders, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


Proposed Mosque Site Near Ground Zero

For Many, Mosque Issue Hits Too Close To Home

For the thousands of New Yorkers who live and work around the site that may become home to the propsoed mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, it’s about much more than talking points.