Ed Koch

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Former Exec VP Joe Lhota Has Deep Ties to Madison Square Garden's 30-Year Tax Break

    In between his roles as Giuliani's "Rat Czar" and the MTA's chairman, mayoral candidate and Republican frontrunner Joe Lhota spent his days at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. For five years, he was an executive vice president of Cablevision; then, in 2010, he was named the chief administrative officer at Madi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    No Post-Mortem Bounce for 'Koch'

    Koch, the new documentary about the life of the eponymous former New York City mayor, opened at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza cinemas on Friday. Up until then, the movie's prospects for a box office bonanza might have been slim. How many people would want to drop $13 on watching 90 minutes about a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    After Leaving Hospital Last Week, Koch Is Back In Intensive Care [UPDATE]

    This is the last bit of news we want to hear after last week. Then, we reported on the improving medical condition of former Mayor Ed Koch. The 88-year-old statesman was hospitalized at New York Presbyterian/Columbia for reportedly having swollen ankles and liquid inside of his lungs. With positive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Ed Koch: The Ever-Quotable Former NYC Mayor on Dieting

    Ed Koch was a notorious trencherman. He spent a good part of his life living in Greenwich Village and would often go to Chinatown to eat. Until he grew old, he often had to worry about his weight. In fact, one of his most famous quotes has to do with losing weight: "The best way to lose weight is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Ed Koch Died This Morning

    Former mayor Ed Koch died of congestive heart failure this morning. He was 88 years old. After a stay in the hospital last week, he returned to intensive care yesterday for treatment of his lungs, which were filling with fluid, as well as an iron deficiency. Unfortunately, it did not save his life. ... More >>

  • Film

    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    After Lung Ailment, Koch May Leave Hospital Tomorrow Or Thursday

    Here's a bit of good news for the "How'm I'm doing?" Mayor. On Saturday night, former New York City chieftain Ed Koch, 88, was hospitalized at New York Presbyterian/Columbia for feeling lethargic due to swollen ankles and doctors' reports that said his lungs were filled with liquid. After three day ... More >>

  • Film

    November 21, 2012
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    May 18, 2012

    Brooklyn DA Hynes Does Damage Control Over Orthodox Sex Scandal

    A week after a blistering series in the New York Times detailing his apparent complicity in an effort by Brooklyn's Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic leaders to cover up sex abuse in their communities, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is in damage-control mode. We noted earlier this week that some ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 24, 2011

    Koch v. Obama

    Upset at the president's Israel stance, ex-mayor wades into congressional race

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    I Know Which Two Gays Should Marry!

    ​Each other, I mean. Now that the smoke has cleared and the right to same-sex marriage has historically been approved in New York state, I honestly feel two famous older gays should bury the hatchet in a giant wedding cake and scoop up lots of creamy filling. And they should do that after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Double Whammy For Ed Koch

    ​ Ed Koch was the mayor of New York during the early days of the AIDS crisis, but his real nightmare is actually happening right now! Two classic plays that trash his response to the crisis are being concurrently revived, to great acclaim! Firstly, Angels in America has a line in which close ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Nixon Wins, But Nat Hentoff Has a Beef with Ed Koch

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 16, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 46 Next year in Fear City by Nat Hentoff This was going to be the first of a non-consecutive series of probes into the reasons for and the consequences of the Nixon victory, with particular emphasis on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Condoms Can Still Be Evidence of Prostitution in NYC

    Carrying a condom in New York City can be proof you're a prostitute. Yes, now, in 2011. Gothamist reports that along with the City Council push to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch, a resolution was also on the agenda yesterday meant to pressure the governor and state legislator to pass a d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Koch Bridge To Queens Coming Soon

    ​Former New York City mayor Ed Koch is getting the Queensboro Bridge re-named for him after the City Council voted 38-12 on Wednesday in favor of the change. The bridge connects Manhattan and Queens starting at 59th Street and heading over the East River. As soon as next month, it will officia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Ed Koch Appears in Gay Film!

    ​ Making The Boys--opening today--is Crayton Robey's documentary peering behind Mart Crowley's legendary 1968 play The Boys in the Band and its impact in bringing the world out of the closet in terms of gay life. I'm one of the film's chattering experts, along with Paul Rudnick, Michael Cunn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Ed Koch Red-Baited at an Anti-War Rally, Says Jack Newfield

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 13, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 2 My Back Pages By Jack Newfield PAGE ONE. Congressman Ed Koch is misleading the readers of The Voice. Koch and a close friend of his (Larry Maxwell) have published letters in The Voice denying that Ko ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Ed Koch Raps Police on Gay Arrests

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 2, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 14 Koch Raps Police On Gay Arrests by Jonathan Black Congressman Edward I. Koch, in a letter to Police Commissioner Howard Leary, has demanded an explanation for the arrest of 167 person at the Snake Pit bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Ed Koch: Let Draft Resisters Come Home

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 29, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 5 Koch: Let Resisters Come Home by Jonathan Black Congressman Edward I. Koch, who recently returned from a two-day trip to three Canadian cities, is trying to initiate a Congressional campaign aimed at pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Ed Koch Asks Newly-Minted President Richard Nixon to Go Easy on Draft Dodgers

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 13, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 18 Koch Asks Wider C.O. Exemptions President Nixon should take "immediate action to grant exemption from military service to young men who are conscientiously opposed to the Vietnam war, Congressman Edw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Nat Hentoff Thinks Up an Ultimatum for Ed Koch

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 11, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 39 The way to stop Humphrey by Nat Hentoff I am in no way privy to the deliberations, state or national, of the McCarthy strategists. All I know is what I read in the papers; and from press accounts, I am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Ed Koch, Richard Ravitch, Judith Kaye -- It's the Day of the Geezers!

    Disgusted with boomer pols who have their thumbs up their asses, New York's old-timers are stepping up and trying to get it done. As you may have noticed, former MTA head and current Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, 73, was given the job of announcing the new state budget plan while Governor P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Clip Job: Ed Koch Upsets Republican Incumbent for City Council

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 17, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 5 Koch Upsets Incumbent, But No Other Surprises All the incumbents who ran in the Greenwich Village area won election on November 8, except Republican Councilman Woodward Kingman, who was defeated by D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Clip Job: Vietnam! Koch! Party Raid! Vietnam! Vietnam! Flag Burning! Horrorshow, Droogies!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 14, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 26 America in Vietnam: From Here to Nowhere By Michael Harrington As I write, the news is filled with reports on Buddhist demonstrations in Vietnam. Indeed, events are moving so fast that, by the time thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Clip Job: Koch Surprises No One, And Manville Returns!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 24, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 23 Koch Battles the Odds, Gets in Council Race By Jack Newfield Having vanquished the DeSapio machine in Greenwich Village, Edward Koch this week announced he will make a fight for public office. He seeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Clip Job: The Teen Menace on MacDougal Street

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 17, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 22 The Children's Hour, or Curfew on MacDougal St. By Stephanie Harrington A teenage girl who looked like a boy stopped short in front of the entrance to the IND on Sixth Avenue and 8th Street last Friday ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 10, 2009


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  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Clip Job: Koch Finally Slays DeSapio For Good

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 23, 1965, Vol. X, No. 49 Koch: The Night the Nice Guy Finished First By Jack Newfield A few minutes before the polls closed on primary night Edward Koch not only appeared to be the most relaxed person in the clubhouse of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Ed Koch Celebrates Bypass Operation with Big Steak Dinner

    ​Back in the Chicago Bears' 80s heyday, there was a story (now debunked, alas) that quarterback Jim McMahon fed his offensive line dinner every weekend as a gesture of appreciation toward the people who kept him from getting killed. Former Mayor Ed Koch seems to have heeded that apocryphal exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    "Fuck You!" Says Ed Koch at Crocker-Snyder Fundraiser

    At an event at the Grand Hyatt for Leslie Crocker-Snyder, whom he has endorsed for Manhattan D.A., former Mayor Ed Koch recounted the heartwarming story of the day he greeted well-wishers at a supermarket just after he left office. One of those who approached Koch told him he had been a terrible may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Former Mayor Ed Koch Hospitalized

    Look through the Voice's back issues (and Wayne Barrett's and Jack Newfield's City for Sale) and you will see our authors have not been kind to Ed Koch's mayoralty. But we are not complete monsters, and wish him well on his recent hospitalization. Koch, who rose from Village Independent Democrats me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Endorsements: McCall for Vance, Koch for Snyder

    In endorsements for the Manhattan D.A.'s race, as we noted before, it's been all about Richard Aborn. But the other candidates are starting to grab some big names, too. Cyrus Vance Jr. has just added former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall to his roster, which includes David ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Clip Job: Tammany Finally Tamed in the Village

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesSeptember 12, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 47Last Hurrah for Tamawa! Village is Reform Country!By Susan GoodmanA margin of 41 votes marked finis to any dreams of renewed glory Carmine G. DeSapio might have been nurturing. The victor was Edward I. Koch, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Clip Job: A Victory for Washington Square, Koch, and the Voice

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesSeptember 5, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 4611-Year Fight Ends: No More Buses in Washington SquareMayor Robert F. Wagner entered the local political fray Monday when he hailed Edward I. Koch and Carol Greitzer, Village Independent Democratic Candidates f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Gay Recap: Dolly Parton Confuses, Ed Koch Evades

    Sometimes such dizzying things happen in the media that I am too stunned to type them in and share them with you kids. Thank Goddess for Rex Wockner, the gay blogger who does a column called "Quote, Unquote," reminding us of that month's queer-related utterances from notables and blabbermouths. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Mayor: Juries' Decisions in Cop-Kill Cases "Inexplicable"

    One of Mayor Ed Koch's few attractive characteristics was his custom of reacting to any jury ruling, no matter how controversial, with a simple "the people have spoken." It showed not only political shrewdness, but also an admirable respect for the boundary between executive and judicial power and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    Ed Koch on the Bloomberg-Paterson Dust-Up: Meh

    These things happen. No need to deny it. That’s the word from former Mayor Ed Koch on the imbroglio between Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Governor David Paterson. After New York Post's Fred Dicker reported on Monday that the newly-minted governor had a number of choice words for Bloomberg, Paterson is ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 3, 2006
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2006

    An Anniversary: The Manes Scandals

    Today marks an important New York anniversary, although not one to be commemorated by any official proceeding. Twenty years ago this morning, one of the city's most powerful politicians, a chunky man named Donald Manes who doubled as both Queens Democratic Party leader and borough president, was pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bloomberg: Some of Koch's Style, None of His Resolve

    The Bloomberg/Pataki position that no talks will resume until the Transport Workers Union returns to work flies in the face of city history. Former Labor Commissioner Robert Linn could not recall any city strike that had ever ended without a negotiated settlement, adding that "it was clearly not the ... More >>

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
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    October 18, 2005
  • News

    April 5, 2005
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    October 22, 2002

    Building Public Power

    An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action

  • News

    October 17, 2000

    Why Blacks Shouldn't Vote for Hillary

    An African American Reporter Comes to Terms With a Taboo Subject

  • News

    October 12, 1999

    Bigger and Blacker

    How the former mayor made Al Sharpton kosher and is winning back the hearts of African Americans

  • Columns

    September 7, 1999
  • News

    November 24, 1998
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    September 8, 1998

    The Un-Gerry

    At the United Nations, Ferraro turned her back on Blacks, Jews, Latins, and Liberals

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