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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...

Q&A: Ed Koch’s Life and Legacy

How the former New York City mayor, who died early Friday morning, left a lasting imprint

Hizzoner

It was a time of giants in New York. Mario Cuomo was Governor. Ed Koch was mayor. Neither, I think, will be remembered for giant breakthroughs in governors,...

Koch and Israel

Greg Sargent has an interesting post about Jewish Democratic money sticking with Obama, despite the concerted efforts of Bibi Netanyahu and the Republican party...

Troubled Times for Hizzoner

"How'm I doin'?" he used to shout, cocksure that the crowds would reply on cue with the adulation he felt he deserved. Ed Koch was more than merely the mayor of...

Mayor Koch and Queen Bess

Few people have paraded before the public in quite as many guises as New York City's Bess Myerson. The willowy brunet from the Bronx catapulted to prominence in...

Books: Huggings and Muggings

MAYOR by Edward I. Koch; Simon & Schuster; 364 pages; $17.95 Most elected officials maintain an image. New York City's Mayor Ed Koch flaunts a style: confident,...

Koch on Koch

As they might say in show biz, Ed Koch is top banana in the Big Apple. Now an enterprising publisher has put together a collection of his yaks and zingers titled...

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,"...

The Israel Lobby and Hagel

Jeff Goldberg has an interesting post about the mixed feelings that the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) may have about launching a major lobbying...

Computers: Here Come the Networkers

Mike Greenly had been trying for weeks to interview Ed Koch about New York City's handling of the AIDS epidemic when he finally buttonholed the mayor on the...

Don Hollywood

John Gotti thought of himself as the Caesar of the Mafia. But he was really its Commodus. As with the emperor in the movie Gladiator, when Gotti took over the...

Television: Here Come The Judges

There are few pleasures greater than watching somebody get yelled at. You loved it when your mom stuck it to your brother, and you love it now, rubbernecking to...

Notebook: Jan. 20, 1997

WINNERS & LOSERS EVERYONE OLD IS NEW AGAIN--AGAIN [WINNERS] LIZA MINNELLI Sizzle with a Z. After 12 years away, she's Broadway's darling diva in Victor/Victoria...

CINEMA: IT'S GOOD TO BE THE MAYOR!

THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW York, John Pappas (Al Pacino), is a very hugging guy. He comes on with that mixture of bravado, urgency and imposed intimacy that...

Payback of the Week

ED KOCH New York City's ex-mayor opposed the civil rights bill, explaining, "Anything that Ted Kennedy does other than teach swimming is always something you...

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...