Edward Irving “Ed” Koch was the 105th mayor of New York City. He passed away this past Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 88. His funeral was held today in Manhattan, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Bill Clinton spoke about the man and how he lived. It was said that Koch had made his own funeral arrangements.
Thousands of people crowded inside and outside the Temple Emanu-El to pay their respects to Koch. As the coffin was carried out by the pallbearers, Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” could be heard playing over the speakers. The NYPD paid their respects by playing bagpipes and making their helicopters do flyovers of the funeral.
The ex-mayor told reporters that he didn’t want to ever leave Manhattan, even when he was gone. He will be buried in a plot he purchased at the Trinity Church Cemetery on the upper west side, here in New York City. The cemetery is located between 153rd and 155th streets, it starts at Riverside Drive and goes as east as Amsterdam Avenue.
The Life of Edward “Ed” Koch
Koch was born on December 12th, 1924 in the Bronx. He is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Although, he was born in NYC, he was raised for some of his childhood living in New Jersey. He attended South Side High School in Newark, graduating in 1941.
Two years after graduating, Koch was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the 104th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. After returning, he attended City College for his undergraduate degree, then went on to get his law degree from NYU Law.
As a Democrat, he soon became very active in the political arena. He was elected as a New York congressman in 1969, and represented New York state until 1977. The following year, he became the 105th mayor of our great city. He served as mayor from 1978 until 1989.
After he three terms as mayor, Koch became a partner in the law firm Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman LLP. He also served as an adjunct professor at his Alma Mater NYU. He continued to play a role in politics by publicly endorsing Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. In 2011, the Queenboro Bridge became “Ed Koch Queenboro Bridge” in honor of his work for New York City. A recent proposal was made to rename the 77th st/Lexington subway station after Koch as well, but the MTA rejected it stating they “do not name stations after people.”