Ed Koch

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Tony Kushner Re Ed Koch In 2003: "Oblivion Is What He Deserves"

    In 2003, Poz magazine assigned me to interview Tony Kushner about the HBO adaptation of his prize-winning epic of AIDS, fear, and self-loathing, Angels In America. Having seen the TV movie, I mentioned to Kushner that it was quite faithful to the play, though the line that outed Ed Koch--which brou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    City Lawmaker: You Need To Be Dead To Have A Bridge Named After You

    If you want to have a bridge, tunnel, park, or any other piece of city owned property named after you, there's something you'll need to do in advance: drop dead.That's if City Councilman Peter Valone has his way, anyway.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2012

    Hundreds of Years of New York City History Now Online in Massive Photo Archive

    Hundreds of thousands of photos that offer snapshots of more than a century of New York City history are now publicly available online for the first time ever. Together, they offer a close-up, gritty picture of the city's history and development, from detective photos of gruesome crime scenes to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    The FBI's Village Voice Files: 'It Is a Well-Known Hippie Paper'

    ​The FBI has released a cache of documents about the Village Voice dating from 1969 to 1997 that are now available under FOIA. Bomb threats! Contras! Secret lists! Ed Koch vs. J. Edgar Hoover! First up: were Village Voice subscribers in the '70s added to a creepy secret government list? A le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Mike Bloomberg: OWS is 'Cathartic' and 'Entertaining' In a Bad Way

    Video by Azi Paybarah at Capital New York from this morning shows our mayor saying that it's Congress that caused the financial crisis, not the big banks. He also describes Occupy Wall Street as "cathartic" and "entertaining" -- though not in a good way.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Dan Donovan's Election Day

    By Ryan Gellis​ Standing in a thinning crowd of Staten Island ferry commuters Tuesday, you might have made the mistake of thinking Big Rudy, America's favorite mayor, was coming back to run for office. The few in the crowd who were willing to chance missing the boat would stop to shake Giuli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    New 'Voice' Owners; and Ed Koch Writes In

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 5, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 6 New Stockholder Straus Broadcasting, Inc., has sold its stock interest in The Village Voice. All other Voice shareholders -- Edwin Fancher, Evelyn L. Lutz, Herbert B. Lutz, Norman Mailer, and Daniel Wol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    How a Right-Wing Warrior's Interview With Hamas Spins the Mosque Debate

    ​The Greater Murdoch Empire is in full-scale jihad mode right now on the subject of the downtown mosque, and the mullahs of Iran would do well to take a lesson on how such scorched-earth campaigns are really conducted. For starters, there's today's chief talking point which is offered on the P ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 16, 2010

    Bloomberg: The Movie (At Your Expense)

    From L.A. to Bali, city workers film mayor touting himself at your expense

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Percy Sutton: Class Act

    ​Legendary Harlem pol and business entrepreneur Percy Sutton slipped away this weekend at 89, and he rightly deserves the many tributes he's now receiving. He was one of 15 children born to a former slave from south Texas. He became a Tuskegee airman and won twin combat stars for doing battle ... More >>

  • Film

    December 8, 2009

    'Madcap Manhattan' Series at Film Forum

    You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2009

    Monty Burns wins mayoral write-in vote

    ​It turns out there's a constituency for selling Staten Island after all. If you spot him the votes for C Montgomery Burns, Charles Montgomery Bunrs and CM Burns, fictional billionaire Charles Montgomery Burns ran away with the write-in vote in last month's mayoral election with 27 votes (pdf) ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 27, 2009

    The Mayor's Press Pass

    The unexamined world of Mike Bloomberg

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    DJ AM and James Chance, Together at Last: Downtown Calling

    ​We are against hagiography as a rule, but let's take a moment to list just a few members of the cast of Shan Nicolson's late '70s New York doc Downtown Calling, narrated by Debbie Harry and opening at the Austin Film Festival, next weekend: DJ AM, Wild Style's Charlie Ahearn, TV on the Radio' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Lone Poll Surprise Shows Melinda Katz Neck-in-Neck with Liu for Comptroller

    ​WABC commissioned a poll on some local races, and found things as expected, with a few surprises. Bill Thompson mops the floor with Tony Avella for the Democratic Mayoral nomination, 52-11 percent, and Mark Green, the only public advocate candidate most people have heard of, takes 47 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Clip Job: Koch Cracks Down on Coffee Houses!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesNovember 5, 1964, Vol. X, No. 3City Takes Tough Line Vs. CafesA crackdown on coffee houses in the crowded MacDougal Street area was ordered Monday night by City Corporation Counsel Leo Larkin. City action will take the form of permanent injunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Quick Hits

    "132 Mulberry New York, NY 10013 #nyc #little_italy." twitpic by joannabethpdot. The Beastie Boys' Adam Rauch has cancer of the salivary gland, will seek treatment, is expected to recover. Get well soon, MCA. With Paterson in decline and Cuomo regnant, this guy is our best hope for an exciting 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Morgenthau to Endorse Cy Vance Jr. for D.A. Today

    As we've mentioned, the Manhattan D.A.'s race has gone into full swing, and the Democratic candidates have been busy gathering endorsements. Leslie Crocker Snyder recently netted former Mayor Ed Koch, among others; Cy Vance, Jr. got former Mayor Dinkins, and recently drew out political retiree Caro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Endorsement Fever! Aborn, Others Clean Up

    The Times says today that Manhattan D.A. candidate Richard Aborn "Aims to Raise His Profile" in that race, and that he does so mainly via endorsements. We'll say -- his office alerts us to each one (other candidates are also encouraged to do so), and he's had plenty, most recently those of four Demo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Wilbert Tatum, 1933-2009

    Photo via the Amsterdam News. Wilbert "Bill" Tatum, the feisty former publisher of the Amsterdam News who took on everyone from Ed Koch to the New York Post, died today in -- of all places -- a hospital in Croatia. Tatum, 76, was a world-traveler despite the diabetes that kept him confined to a whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Rachel Trachtenberg, Others Testify at Term Limits Hearings

    The Times' fascinating liveblog of today's city council term limits hearings includes some fine legal arguments by the Mayor's supporters, such as corporation counsel Michael Cardozo, as well as the more cavalier anti-term-limits remarks of former Governor Cuomo, and the fire-and-brimstone refutatio ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    3 Bloomberg Aides Oppose 3rd Term, Says Times

    Let's recap: Mayor Bloomberg is coyly against term limits, and coyly seconded by most City Councilmembers; Mark Green and Bill Thompson are for limits, and Anthony Weiner open to a referendum that could end them; and Charlie Rangel just wants the issue to go away. Now the New York Times says three ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Mayor Mouth

    Tabloid Bloomy Goes Thuggy, Trades Big Schtick for Big Stick

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    Tales of the City

    The 'Voice' bags the bad guys

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2005

    Bloomie's Party Poopers

    No matter what happens at tomorrow's vote of the city's Working Families Party, Michael Bloomberg shouldn't count on its endorsement. Despite a report in today's Times that the mayor hoped to win its nomination, party insiders say the choice actually comes down to Democrat Fernando Ferrer, or "no e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005

    Bloomy Too Calm After the Storm?

    No, the mayor didn't donate his tie to the relief effort: This press conference with (l to r) OEM head Joe Bruno, police commish Ray Kelly, and FDNY boss Scoppetta took place Sunday, with Hizzoner in weekend garb. New Yorkers expect their mayors to be more than mechanics, but Mike Bloomberg is once ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2005

    Ferrer's Color-Coded Victory Plan

    A Freddy win in September could pose a demographic dilemma for big-bucks Mike

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2005

    Bill Thompson Wins!!

    He's got money, unions, endorsements, and no viable opponent—except time As the massive crowd of pols, activists, and union members crammed on to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday morning, Councilman Robert Jackson revved up the crowd with shouts of "Who's not endorsing Bill Thompson?" The a ... More >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2004

    Beat Beat Beat

    Atonal rhythm acrobats fidget and flip through patterns

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Getting Better All the Time

    Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories

  • Film

    August 26, 2003
  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Humanizing Mike

    Why Won't the Mayor Let Us Get Close to Him?

  • News

    December 24, 2002
  • News

    December 10, 2002

    Merit Mike Makes Hard Choices

    Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy

  • News

    May 7, 2002

    Double-Standard Deity

    9-11 God Demands Special Treatment on Records and Residence

  • News

    November 27, 2001

    Improbable Cause

    Pundits Square Off Over Secret Tribunals

  • News

    October 9, 2001

    Grumbling at Green

    And Voting for Him Anyway

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Green for Mayor

    Public Advocate Is the Best Choice

  • NYC Life

    April 17, 2001

    Drinks Parties

    The Mayor Wants to Ban Alcohol at City Festivals. Drunk With Power?

  • News

    August 8, 2000

    Steal This Election

    The Mugging of Councilmember Una Clarke by Brooklyn’s Black Political Elite

  • News

    July 11, 2000

    A Readers' Guide to the Good Stuff From Rudy!

    63 Hot Newsbreaks in the New Giuliani Biography

  • News

    July 11, 2000

    Giuliani Owes NYPD an Apology

    A Cop: ‘People Are Tired of Being Harassed’

  • News

    January 25, 2000

    Reverend Norris's Big Mouth

    After a long-awaited showdown with Hillary Clinton, an ally of Al Sharpton triggers a vicious debate about guilt by association

  • Columns

    December 21, 1999
  • News

    March 23, 1999

    Disobedience Training

    Mayor Taunts City and a Coalition Forms

  • News

    January 19, 1999

    Rudy's Milky Way

    An Administration 'Of, For, and By White People' Has No Time or Room for Blacks

  • News

    November 17, 1998

    Sealed With a Kiss

    Finally, the Fonz Falls. And Our Watch Stops.

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