NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Queensboro Bridge officially got a new name Monday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill renaming the span the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb with those praising Ed Koch

During his three terms as mayor, Koch spearheaded many bridge projects. The span was part of his district when he served in Congress.

Bloomberg praised Koch and called him a quintessential New Yorker: tough, outspoken and passionate.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Koch Thankful For The Honor

“Just as he pulled our city back from the edge of collapse, you should know that Mayor Koch literally saved the  Queensboro Bridge from near collapse and then began the process of reinvesting in then-crumbling bridges across the city,” Bloomberg said.

The 105th mayor stood in the shadow of the bridge and thanked city leaders for the honor of naming the 102-year-old span after him.

“It’s a bridge that everybody loves,” Koch said. “It doesn’t have the inspiring heights of the George Washington Bridge, it’s better than the George Washington Bridge because it works.”

The renaming was not popular among New Yorkers. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 64 percent of city voters were opposed to renaming the bridge.

Comments (9)
  1. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:


  2. Monica says:

    Check out this video of Ed Koch discussing His Legacy and the Remaking of NYC

  3. Jimmy says:

    Whether you like it or not, two guys that helped NYC rise from the ashes of the 70’s are named Koch and Trump.

  4. Grillage says:

    This is SO Stupid! I personally know the family of Gustav Lindenthal who designed and built this marvel of civil engineering and they do NOT approve of this name change. In my eventual book it will be QUEENSBORO BRIDGE! I don’t care what the Mayor or NYCDOT thinks!

  5. Lily perry says:

    How much is this renaming the bridge costing the taxpayer?

    1. AG says:

      I’m sure a few hundred teachers will have to be fired in order for the bridge to be renamed.

    2. Michael H. says:

      Not a penny of taxpayer money is being spent. The quarter million or so that it will take to replace all the signage is coming from private donations. Calm your faux outrage.

  6. oaktownc says:

    I always thought Ed Koch was a standup comedian.

  7. AL says:

    One of the most idiotic decision Bloomberg could have done!! Koch was the sleaziest politico in the 1980th period, and I still feel nauseous every time I see Koch face. They could have done better naming Gowanas Canal after Koch, as he surely deserves this honor.

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