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Ed Koch

The New York City that Mayor Ed Koch inherited in 1978 is almost unimaginable today: graffiti-filled subways; miles of abandoned buildings; filthy streets that...

Morning Must Reads

“Bald and bombastic, paunchy and pretentious” former New York City Mayor Ed Koch dies at the age of 88. "I'm not the type to get ulcers," he wrote in "Mayor,"...

Books: The Bess Mess

WHEN SHE WAS BAD by Shana Alexander Random House; 305 pages; $19.95 The unhappiness of people who have every reason to be happy is always fascinating, and the...

Child Abuse: Preying on Preschoolers

After policemen arrested three employees of a Bronx day care center on child-molesting charges, shouting parents milled angrily in front of the center. Thirty...

World: Cabbies and Millionaires

Of the 400,000 Israelis who have immigrated to the U.S., about 250,000 have settled in New York City. The chief of the urban design group in the administration...

Token Exchange

Slugging the subways An estimated 2.7 million people ride New York City's subways each day, most of them using 75¢ tokens. But so many foreign coins,...

Once More, with Aplomb

New York, New York, a helluva town/ The Bronx is up but the Battery's down. And so it seemed last Wednesday, when the battery ran down again in Manhattan. This...

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