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(NYPost)   "How'm I doing?" Sadly, not so good anymore   (nypost.com) divider line 17
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2013-02-01 06:53:31 AM
5 votes:
I'd take one Ed Koch over 1000 Giulianis and Bloombergs.

} RIP Hizzoner
2013-02-01 06:38:16 AM
4 votes:
Koch was a throwback to an era when liberal Democrats cared about financial stability. Hugh Carey was governor of NY during his first term in office and the two of them rescued the city from Abe Beame's (probably the worst mayor of NYC ever) ridiculous regime.
2013-02-01 08:06:42 AM
2 votes:
In my mind, Koch is always associated with the NYC of the 80s, and everything that went with it.  The crime rate going nuts, the crack epidemic, the infrastructure decaying, the stock market boom and crash, AIDS, racial tension, the Mets winning and the Yankees sucking, the explosion of rap and hip hop.  Granted, he didn't cause these things, many of which had roots in the 70s and before, and some (like the crime rate) hit their peak under Dinkins (in his first year in office, so arguably not DD's fault).

Ed Koch's NY seems like it was a very different place than Bloomberg's NY... and not just because I was a kid during Koch's mayoralty.

I'll definitely miss him on the radio as The Voice of Reason. Didn't always agree, but loved to hear his thoughts.
2013-02-01 07:55:22 AM
2 votes:
Let me be the first to say: I wish it was Bloomberg.

/A wish, a dream, but not a threat.
2013-02-01 06:33:00 AM
2 votes:
Best mayor ever.

No matter what you thought of his politics.
2013-02-01 12:51:28 PM
1 votes:

thornhill: I don't see how Dinkins can be blamed for the Crown Height riots.


He's not blamed for them starting, he is blamed for letting a pogrom continue over several days.

/Nice man, horrible mayor
2013-02-01 10:43:59 AM
1 votes:

thornhill: DjangoStonereaver: henryhill: thornhill: People here are probably too young to remember that he was the Mayor who began NYC's turnaround, not Mr. 9/11. The redevelopment of Times Square, for example, began under him.

THIS.

When I was old enough to start going into Manhattan on my own (mostly to visit The Compleat Strategist
and the original Forbidden Planet), he was still mayor.  The city was dirty, to be sure, but I never felt
unsafe or unsure of myself.

Once Dinkins came in, though, the city became noticably worse and it was the only time I felt like I was in
danger of being mugged  in broad daylight.

The city had been going downhill since the 70s. I wouldn't blame anything on Dinkins.

While I didn't live in NYC in the 1980s, from what I remember, a lot of the decay has been grossly overstated. I mean, yeah Times Square was a dump with a porno theaters, but people describe the City like it was a third world country where everyone was getting mugged at gunpoint at least once a month.

And it should be noted that most American cities during this period where in bad shape, such as Philly, DC and LA.


My father was NYPD from the early 60s through the early 90s.  He would take me & my brother to the city every once in a while over the years to visit the World Trade Center or Empire State Building or just to walk around JFK airport (we were 5 & 6--airports are cool to little kids).  By the mid-70s (we were in our early teens) he stopped taking us because NYC had just become too terrible.  You couldn't walk through Central Park, a trip through Harlem or Bed-Stuy was taking your life into your own hands, and Times Square was a filthy, seedy cesspool.  The subways were full of graffiti & barely ran.  The roads were barely driveable with all the potholes & debris.  Hookers, drug dealers, and pron shops were EVERYWHERE.  By the late 70s, you had the garbage strikes, water shortages, looting from blackouts--you DID NOT go into the city if you didn't have to.

Then Koch came along and we all thought he was unrealistically optimistic.  But goddammit, he turned the city around.  He didn't stay in the mayor's office--he went right down on the ground and worked with the people.  He was like Cory Booker, minus the saving people from burning buildings.  Koch gave people pride in NYC again.  He spoke plainly and from the hip.  There didn't seem to be anything phony about him.

People give Giuliani credit for turning around NYC (and, to be fair, most of the Times Square & 42nd Street cleanups were under his watch) but Koch laid the foundation for that.  And he didn't do it by sweeping the problems under the rug like Giuliani did (such as having police round up and arrest all the homeless in that area).
2013-02-01 08:50:37 AM
1 votes:
He will always be the first name that comes to mind when "Mayor of NYC" is brought up.
2013-02-01 08:29:34 AM
1 votes:

thornhill: People here are probably too young to remember that he was the Mayor who began NYC's turnaround, not Mr. 9/11. The redevelopment of Times Square, for example, began under him.


THIS.
2013-02-01 07:33:44 AM
1 votes:
Funny thing is I'm a child of the 70s and knew of Koch for being the mayor, "how am I doing?" etc. and this lyric was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news.

Hope he and Adam are having a drink right now
2013-02-01 07:15:07 AM
1 votes:
Regardless of politics, this man loved his city and its people.

He will be missed.
2013-02-01 07:06:30 AM
1 votes:
Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. Awesome guy. Truly cared about the city and his constituents. Funny as hell too.
2013-02-01 06:56:49 AM
1 votes:

Chaide: Just finished watching an old SNL episode where he and Jim Belushi had a bit during the opening, then saw the news.
Now I'm double sad.


I get double sad whenever I see Jim Belushi all by himself.
2013-02-01 06:54:57 AM
1 votes:

mikemoto: Koch was a throwback to an era when liberal Democrats cared about financial stability. Hugh Carey was governor of NY during his first term in office and the two of them rescued the city from Abe Beame's (probably the worst mayor of NYC ever) ridiculous regime.


Hopefully, once Koch is done giving Beame a fresh one, he's also giving John Lindsay a swat upside the head.
2013-02-01 06:43:41 AM
1 votes:
He was probably the first person to make me think there was something of value in NYC.  RIP
2013-02-01 06:43:40 AM
1 votes:
Ed Koch was a good man.
2013-02-01 06:31:39 AM
1 votes:

fraisinette: RIP, New York's first gay mayor.


Pics or it didn't happen.
 
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