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Remembering former NYC Mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013)

The hearts of New Yorkers felt a bit heavier waking up to the news that former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch died at 2 a.m. this morning at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital from congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

MetroFocus recently had the opportunity to sit down with the always entertaining Koch to discuss everything from his own legacy to challenges facing the next mayor of New York City.

Watch the interviews and share your memories of Mayor Koch in the comments below, and view our Storify collection of social media reactions to the former mayor’s passing:

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[View the story "Social Media Remembers Ed Koch" on Storify]

  • JC

    It might be because Ed Koch served as Mayor as I grew up in Brooklyn but I always saw him as the quintessential NYC politician – never afraid to say whatever was on his mind and always having a love/hate relationship with any number of New Yorkers and city agencies. Like other historic residents of Gracie Mansion, his impact extended far beyond the city limits. Heard a report on the radio this am that some people living in the Midwest saw Koch on the news so often they assumed he was their mayor as well.

    • BenInBrooklyn

      Like JC, I also always thought of Mayor Koch as the quintessential New Yorker, but that was when I was a kid growing up in California. I’d see him on television and think, “I love that guy.” Didn’t come to NY until longer after he stopped serving, but appreciated his omnipresence… in the papers, on the tube, on the web. I used to see him at the movies a lot. The guy was a film nut. He was also an avid Channel 13 viewer.

  • Barb

    We have lost a real part of NYC today.

  • Jonathan Feldman

    Here is an academic reference: John Hull Mollenkopf, A Phoenix in the Ashes: The Rise and the Fall of the Koch Coalition in New York City Politics, Princeton University Press.

  • Johanna.Listens

    Met “The Mayor,” coming out of his office, walking down 6th. Ave., shortly after his leaving office. He was chipper, sprite & energetic. When I said, “Hi Mayor, how’re do’in?” he replied, I’m do’in just great–How’re you do’in?” I answered, “Terrific & I love the tie.” He flip the tie & got into his car.

    The guy was a character, a mensch & personified NYC…not to mention, pulling us out of the worst financial hole ever & bringing the city he loved back to life & making us proud again! Mayor Koch, you will be so missed.

  • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

    It’s hard to think of him and not smile and that is probably the best epitaph. I disagreed with some of the things he did (like being slow in the early days of AIDS), but on the whole I thought he was the best Mayor in my lifetime, for sure. And while certain other, more recent, mayors really used the city as just a means to an end, Mayor Koch obviously ran for mayor because he sincerely loved NYC.

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