Sad news for New Yorkers and the world, Reuters, and other news services, reported today, that Ed Koch, former New York mayor passed away at 2 a.m. today, Feb. 1, 2013, at New York-Presbyterian hospital, from congestive heart failure. Koch was 88-years-old
One of the city’s most colorful officials, Koch served as mayor from 1978 to 1989. According to Reuters, “the forceful, quick-witted Koch, with his trademark phrase "How'm I Doin?" was a natural showman and tireless promoter of both himself and the city. He could also be a deeply polarizing figure.”
Every New Yorker and New York ex-pat, such as your LA Travel Diva, recognized Koch for his contributions to the city and for lifting it, from what the Reuter’s pointed out was, “the crushing economic crises to a level of prosperity that was the envy of other U.S. cities. Under his leadership, the city regained its financial footing and underwent a building renaissance.”
The article also mentioned that Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Koch a quintessential New Yorker and one of the city's great mayors. "In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader," Bloomberg said. "His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs."