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.
“No mayor has ever embodied the spirit of New York like he did and I don’t think anyone ever will,” he said. “More than anyone else, he knew that New York was more than a place, it is a state of mind, it is an attitude.”
“He restored the arc of our city’s history. In the decade before Ed became mayor, we had lost our ways. And thanks to him, we became great again,” said Bloomberg.