"He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York, and he fiercely loved its people. Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II." - a self-written epitaph by the former 105th Mayor of New York City: Edward Irving Koch.
" passed away on Friday morning
at the age of 88, and the New York Times City Room blog spent the day collecting and posting stories about him
.More from the Times
* Video: Ed Koch Dead: Former New York City Mayor on Life and Career
* The Difference Between Koch’s City and Today
* Slideshow: A Mayor to Remember
* Tales From the Pressroom About a Man Who Relished Publicity
* In New York, Echoes of a Talkative Mayor
* Archive: Edward I. Koch in His Own Words
(A selection of Op-Ed articles and Letters to the Editor by the former mayor.)
* At the Table with Ed Koch
* Editorial: The King of New York
* Editorial: His Honor, Mr. Koch
The Times obituary
linked above is quite extensive, but was revised on Friday after "several observers noticed that it lacked any mention of his controversial record on AIDS.
In His Own Words
* Ed Koch: Hizzoner
. Interview with NY Magazine's Maer Roshan for their 30th anniversary issue in 1998.
* ReasonTV: Mayor Ed Koch on rent control, his sexuality, Andrew Cuomo, and how he helped save New York
* Talk to Al Jazeera: Ed Koch
* NYC Media: Ed Koch, Resurrecting the City
* NY Times: Ed Koch Dead: Former New York City Mayor on Life and Career
* Big Think Interview with Ed Koch
(More at their website
* New York Magazine: Ed Koch, the Mayor Who Saved New York From Bankruptcy, Dies at 88
. Also see: Ed Koch and the AIDS Crisis: His Greatest Failure
* New York Daily News: Ed Koch dead: Mayor who became a symbol of New York City passes away at 88
and A Timeline of Ed Koch's Life and Career
. Also: Slideshow
* The Awl: Edward Irving Koch, 1924-2013
* Time Magazine
* The Forward
* New York Post: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch dead at age 88
and New York politicians mourn death of former Mayor Ed Koch
* National Review: ‘How’m I Doing?’ Ed Koch Leaves New York City’s Stage
* LA Times: Edward Koch dies at 88; outspoken mayor led New York City comeback
* BBC News: Obituary: Ed Koch
* New York Observer: How He Did: Mayor Bloomberg and Aspiring Mayors Fondly Remember Ed Koch’s Legacy
. Full obit is here
* Associated Press: Best Ed Koch Quotes
* Christian Science Monitor: Ed Koch: a collection of favorite New York minutes with the mayor.
Mayor Koch at the Movies
The Most Memorable Lines from Ed Koch’s Film Reviews: "Amid all the obituaries and remembrances of former New York City mayor Ed Koch, let us not forget his post-political career as an amateur movie critic, first for a small giveaway neighborhood newspaper, The Westside Spirit, and later in video installments on his own Web site, Mayor Koch at the Movies. Everyone has a beloved elderly relative who spouts off delightfully off-key, ill-informed opinions about popular culture, don’t they? (A beloved elderly relative of mine recently told me she had seen a really funny wedding picture: Melancholia.) Koch was like New York City’s—and the world’s—beloved (by some), elderly, off-key, ill-informed uncle.
The Atlantic has an archive
of some of Koch's movie review columns.
A documentary about his life called Koch
also opened in theaters nationwide today. Koch never got a chance to review it himself. New York Times review
. New York Magazine's
* As is fitting for a man who so doggedly sought the spotlight, his funeral will be open to the press.
* New York Observer's Politicker Blog: How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter
. Also: Reverend Al Sharpton Remembers How Ed Koch Led to His ‘First Arrest’
, which includes this great quote:
"Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed. May he rest in peace."
Finally, in an odd coincidence, the date of Mr. Koch's death, February 1, is also the eleventh anniversary of the death of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl
. Mr. Koch's grave marker
, designed by the mayor himself and finished several months before his death, displays Mr. Pearl's last words: "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."