Posted in music on February 1, 2013

ED Koch

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Comments (36)

He played guitar in the Silly Bastards?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:02 AM

I love to see Michael again next to Ed. Brings me so many memories about the king of pop music.

Posted by Friv | February 1, 2013 8:08 AM

Koch was a homosexual and the elite of NYC fought hard to keep it a secret.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:18 AM

That's terrible. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:26 AM

^ Any New Yorker with even a small degree of gaydar could have told you that 40 years ago

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:27 AM

Amazing pic

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:48 AM

websterwich

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:49 AM

He really was a great mayor who kept NYC going during a really rough time (crack epidemic, AIDS, shitty economy through part of his term). Pulled no punches, was not PC (both qualities rare for a liberal). I don't think anyone could have done a better job with the shitty hand he was dealt during that time.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:54 AM

Dinkins made him look like Laguardia, that's for sure

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 9:13 AM

a true new yorker and you saw him out everywhere... well at a lot of restaurants at least. like NY Noodletown at 2AM once.

Hope you're doing fine wherever you are. RIP.

-bp

Posted by bill p | February 1, 2013 9:14 AM

he was the first mayor i "remember" as a kid, and always thought of him fondly for whatever reason. i think he was a good man and a relatively honest politician. go well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 9:28 AM

did koch ever bang michael jackson?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 10:00 AM

NYC was great during his administration ..the city was a little rough but it seemed more human , he wasn't bowing to the corporations and cared about people...he was the last great mayor of new york .

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 10:11 AM

Pretty much everyone knew Koch was gay, but no one cared; as it should have been.
RIP Mr. Mayor.

Posted by Wallis | February 1, 2013 10:19 AM

How'm I doin'? How'm I doin'?


I guess not so well anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 11:10 AM

"Koch was a homosexual and the elite of NYC fought hard to keep it a secret."

It hasn't been a secret for decades!

I once saw him at Landmark with his "friend".

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 11:12 AM

so just because some1 is a mayor that automatically means that he is gay? get real.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 11:16 AM

Koch was a fun mayor when this city was fun. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 12:13 PM

"Koch was a fun mayor when this city was fun."

Koch was a fun mayor, but I disagree that the city was fun. Tons of crime. I for one do not miss walking on crack vials. Of course, Dinkins was the worst mayor of all time. Early '90s were my favorite time. Crime was lower, but things were still cheap. NYC sucks nowadays. I can't believe people are paying high rents to live in a city that is a shadow of its former self.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 12:32 PM

12:32-spot on

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 1:02 PM

Giuliani ruined NyC.
I would take Dinkins or Koch anyday any day over that Dictator.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 1:11 PM

Webster was 22 at the time of that picture. Creepy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 1:28 PM

1:11 is whack

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 1:58 PM

12:32. THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH!! Seriously. It is. I remember bitching in the late 90's about studios renting for $1500 a month. Now you're lucky to get an apartment in a good neighborhood that isn't far from the city for that much.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 2:22 PM

he's mentioned on that Simon & Garfunkel album, the 1982 reunion concert in Central Park. if he made Simon & Garfunkel happy he did not live his life in vain.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 2:40 PM

NYC needs another mayor like him. Real. Human. Not afraid to speak his mind, or to cross party lines, or to go against popular or party opinions. So far, the crop of possible candidates for the next mayoral election (Lhota, Quinn, Liu) all suck worse than Bloomy or Rudy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 4:05 PM

(not standing up for bloomy buuuut: pretty sure Bloomberg didn't just cross party lines, but changed parties.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 4:10 PM

Both Bloomy and Rudy were moderate. They pissed people off at times, but generally they were good mayors. Liu and Quinn are decidedly liberal, and will probably suck as bad as Dinkins. Ultra-liberal does not work in this city. Common sense moderates are what seems to work.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 4:19 PM

Koch was not great all the time. He was a snob to people smoking outside of their office buildings making dumb comments to them when there was much bigger things to worry about in NYC at the time.

Putting his name on the Queensboro\59th st bridge was really not needed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 5:55 PM

Koch was also unfortunately responsible for closing five hospitals in the Bronx and other areas besides closing public schools all over NYC.
He was no friend of the black and latino community either at all.
If he was a moderate or somewhat liberal then why did Koch support the reelection of George W Bush.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 6:11 PM

The L Magazine? I am not going to be informed about Koch from a bunch of midwestern transient now living in Bushwick.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 7:15 PM

why would anyone befriend the black and latino community

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:01 PM

Koch may have been fiscally responsible but at heart he was a racist Jew who did next to nothing to eradicate crime. Up until the late 80's drugs were still being sold in plain view , murder was at an all time high, the mafia had it tentacles everywhere, politicians were corrupt :: shock::, etc, etc.

@1232

"the city is a shadow of it's former self "- NY is still great if not more so.
Things change, always have and always will. I mss the funky vibe of weird old NY, but not the crime , lowlifes, and rampant corruption.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 8:05 PM

Giuliani was THE WORST mayor NYC ever had.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2013 9:15 PM

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