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Ed Koch, celebrated New York City Mayor from 1977 to 1989

by Sam Juliano

Ed Koch.  New York City’s former Mayor was a larger than life personality who led the Big Apple at a crucial time of social and economic upheaval.  He died  on Friday, but left behind a legacy that firmly implants him as one of the most unforgettable, combative and colorful figures to ever take up residence in Gracie Mansion.  Koch was an original.  He never minced words, was unapologetic, was in possession of an oversized ego, but was still as compassionate any any elected office holder, and was a Renaissance man to the core.  Never content to sit on the laurels of his political life, the outspoken figure was a film and theater critic, and once hosted an At the Movies show, and posted film reviews for New York newspapers.  A fervent food lover in a city that boasts some of the world’s finest restaurants, Koch was the strangest of political hybrids: he was a social liberal in a city that could have it no other way, yet he was fiercely independent and a moral and fiscal conservative who sometimes operated as the conscience of a city too often stung by political corruption.  He was a man of the streets, always preferring to see his movies in public theaters than in the screening rooms he was always privy to and  Lucille and I have noticed him sitting in theaters we have attended over the years,  just recently he was sitting in the lobby of the Angelika Film Center, looking frail and bearing a cane, waiting like us to take in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on a Saturday evening back in the fall.  Broadway Bob and his mother Stefania, who had accompanied us to the theater, pointed him out sitting alone, the always vibrant Mrs. Eagleson approached him and declared “You can be my Mayor anytime!’  Koch smiled broadly, and no doubt had received such glowing recognition and appreciation through most of his time in the public eye, and afterwards, when few could ever forget him. (more…)

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