Ed Koch

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    De Blasio Tries to Cheer Up Miserable New Yorkers: "We Are Tough by Nature"

    This mayor has given so many press conferences about winter weather we ought to start calling him de BlasiSNOW, amirite? On Wednesday, the mayor tried to console New Yorkers increasingly grumpy over the string of storms by telling them, "We are tough by nature... We don't give in to challenges." Ne ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 6, 2013

    Drag Queens and Gay Sex Back on Broadway Where They Belong!

    In Kinky Boots, Lola's straight! No, gay! But sexless!

  • Film

    November 21, 2012
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    June 13, 2012
  • Columns

    August 10, 2011

    The Next Mayor? You Don't Care, Do You?

    Aside from voter apathy and a weak field, the mayoral race is really shaping up.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Manhattan: "Most Romantic" Borough?

    ​Happy Valentine's Day Poll! According to a new NY1/Marist survey of 657 New York City adults, the "most romantic" borough was declared as Manhattan by 64 percent of city residents. Brooklyn came in second, followed by Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Brooklyners, as to be expected, were ... More >>

  • Film

    February 9, 2011
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    January 4, 2011

    Wayne Barrett: Time for Something New

    ​Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978. He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor. I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973. But I was now inheriting a column that Mary Nichols, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Shelly Silver is 'the Enemy of Reform,' but his Law Firm's Cash is Still Good as Gold for Kathleen Rice

    ​File this one one away under the "Unsolved Mysteries" of this election season: Try to follow: Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is the key symbol of Albany hypocrisy. Only yesterday, Ed Koch, the newly re-born reform banner waver, was declaiming him at City Hall. "He is the enemy of reform," ... More >>

  • Film

    June 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    MSG Reno to Exile Liberty ... to Newark?

    ​Proving the old line that the best way to find real news in the Times is to read the stories end-to-beginning, the Paper of Record offers up a classic buried lede in its article today about the upcoming renovations to Madison Square Garden. Round about the sixth paragraph, sportswriter Richar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    At Cy Vance Swearing-in Ceremony, One Mayor Missing

    ​Mike Bloomberg couldn't make yesterday evening's giant swearing-in ceremony at the Great Hall at City College for new Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. Ex-mayor Ed Koch was there, as was David Dinkins, who gave a sweet speech hailing Vance as someone who cared as much about preventing cri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Is The Bloom Off The Bloomberg?

    ​So Michael Bloomberg bought himself a third mayoral term by spending the gross national product of New Guinea. I know this because I read about it on last night. And how do we feel about this unsurprising development? Well, the guy may be obscenely rich and extremely willing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Clip Job: New York Not Fit For Humans

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 5, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 20How Habitable is N.Y.? There Are Some DoubtsBy Mary Perot NicholsIs New York City fit for humans? At least a few people have reservations. Commenting on the city's habitability, Monday night, one city planner acidly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    The Albany Coup, Week 2: It started with a shock twist as Hiram Monserrate rejoined the Democrats, putting the state senate in a 31-31 deadlock. The Dems optimistically declared new leader John Sampson the president pro tem. (Just to be on the safe side they sued, but were rejected.) The Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    The NPR Outrage Story Continues: Corrections, Reversals, Etc

    Last night, Nathan Lee, the critic at the center of this week's media scandal of the moment, went on the indieWire website--the outlet which originally ran a story detailing a long and fraught negotiation between Lee and NPR over the latter's decision to excise all the names from Lee's review of the ... More >>

  • Film

    May 6, 2009
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    April 29, 2009

    Bloomberg Pops Up in Rupert's Post

    As Mario Cuomo famously said, when New York Post publisher Rupert Murdoch likes a politician, he lets you know it. Back in 1982 when Cuomo was campaigning against Post favorite Ed Koch for the Democratic gubernatorial nod, he griped that when normal papers endorse a candidate  "you get one column ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Taking of Pelham 123 Trailer Looks Like Trouble

    The trailer for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 is out. Trailers are of course a bad way to judge a movie (usually the movie is much duller), but this one has us already missing the 1974 original (which you can see on Hulu) very badly. Here's a checklist: Lt. Garber 1974: Walter Matthau, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Mark Green's 2006 Vow: I'm Done

    Here's Mark Green offering a proud last hurrah on the night of  September 15, 2006 when he lost his bid to be state attorney general:  "I will not seek office again. I want to make my contribution as an advocate, as a writer,  as a lawyer, and as a teacher. But I will not seek elective office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Washington Square Saved for Warblers

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 18, 1961, Vol. VI, No. 30 Mayor Relents, Opens Square to Folk-Singers By J.R. Goddard "Did you hear that?" the woman sweeping the stoop on MacDougal Street asked in dismay. "They're letting 'em sing in the Square again!" And so they we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    "Battle of the Billionaires" is a Distraction from your Disempowerment

    Were you wondering whether people-power could defeat the Bloomberg juggernaut? Wonder no more -- now that rich upstate meddler Tom Golisano has pledged to fight the Mayor's term-limit overthrow, it's the "Battle of the Billionaires," says WCBS. Also using the term: WNBC, the New York Times, Politics ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 10, 2008

    Mike Bloomberg Is The Eternal Mayor

    How the mogul politician hatched his latest ploy to stay in play

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Midday Mashup: Shooting, Stabbing, Suing, Etc.

    Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2006

    Hex in the City: Cyanide Threat Redux

    News over the weekend that Al Qaeda plotted three years ago to attack the subways with hydrogen cyanide gas seems yet another reminder of how much the world has changed since 9-11. But terrorism trivia fans will be interested to know that the alleged aborted 2003 plot is not the city's first potent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2005

    Mike's Big Night

    In 2001, the cozy B.B. King Club on West 42nd Street was adequate for rookie candidate Michael Bloomberg's election night crowd. Last night, Bloomberg's spare-no-expense campaign booked the city's biggest meeting venue east of the Javits Center-- the vast Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton New Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2005

    Debate: 2 of 3 Ain't Bad

    For Thursday's mayoral debate, at least, showtime was outside the Apollo, and early. Dozens of Freddy Ferrer backers chanted and waved signs near the entrance, as supporters of the Independence Party retorted with cries of "Bloomberg on C … Bloomberg on C." Despite the mayor's publicly stated rati ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2005

    The Big Money

    No longer an unknown, the mayor still holds a billion-dollar advantage

  • Specials

    April 26, 2005
  • News

    July 6, 2004

    Bushies, Go Home!

    The rabble-rouser's guide to raising a ruckus at the GOP convention

  • News

    June 22, 2004

    A Real Chance at Reform

    Bloomberg plans to limit campaign contributions from people doing business with the city

  • Film

    December 16, 2003
  • News

    July 8, 2003

    Don't Ask, Do Tell

    Outcry Over New City Policy on Reporting the Undocumented Stuns the Mayor

  • News

    January 14, 2003

    Tough Watchdog

    Lefþer the Latest to Feel Campaign Board’s Bite

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Hijacking History

    Rudy Heists City Archives to Shape His Own Legend

  • News

    October 30, 2001

    The Best Campaign Money Can Buy

    Team Bloomberg in the Chips

  • News

    October 9, 2001

    The Mayor’s Balls

    The Cojones Factor Is Creaming Mark Green

  • News

    August 14, 2001

    Imagining the Public Advocate

    Five Visions for a Young Office

  • News

    August 7, 2001

    The Unfinished Mayoralty

    David Dinkins Bares His Soul About Mark Green, Al Sharpton, a Black-Latino Coalition, Crown Heights, Rudy Giuliani, and His Own Legacy

  • News

    May 29, 2001

    Chinatown in Limbo

    Will Asian Americans Ever Elect a Councilmember of Their Own?

  • NYC Life

    January 23, 2001

    First Wife’s Club

    The Inauguration’s Over, and Already Rumblings About Election 2004 Have Begun. Hillary Anyone?

  • News

    August 22, 2000

    Oh, God

    Why Religion Doesn't Have a Prayer in New York Politics

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    May 2, 2000

    Waxing Poetic

    Political Prognostications Abound in Giuliani Camp

  • Dance

    February 8, 2000
  • News

    December 7, 1999

    Wake-up Call for Rudy

    If Bedrooms Are for Sleeping, Why Won’t the Mayor Build More?

  • Columns

    September 14, 1999
  • News

    September 7, 1999

    The Trojan Elephant

    Gay Republicans Are Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places

  • News

    August 3, 1999

    Do It My Way

    The First Lady may not have the belly for a street fight with Rudy Giuliani. Enter Al Sharpton.

  • News

    September 8, 1998

    Hell's Kitchen is Burning

    With a ravenous market and a pro-development mayor, West Side tenants say they don't stand a chance

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