Ed Koch Digs His Own Grave

Ed Koch is planning ahead. The busy 83-year-old former New York City mayor has no immediate plans to kick the bucket, but he says he has already ordered a tombstone to “adorn my grave upon my death, which I hope won’t be for another 8 to 10 years.”

And the consummate New Yorker is determined to spend the hereafter reposing in the heart of the city that he governed from 1977 to 1989. “The idea of leaving Manhattan permanently irritates me,” Koch tells The New York Times.

This determination, it appears, left him with only one option for a final resting spot: the Trinity Church Cemetery in Upper Manhattan, a nondenominational cemetery run by the Episcopal Diocese that claims to be the only burial ground on the densely populated island still accepting new reservations for long-term stays.

But just because Koch is opting to be buried on church-run property doesn’t mean he’s checking his Jewish identity at the cemetery gates. Far from it, The New York Times reports:

And what will Koch’s tombstone say? The Times has that part of the story, too:

Hat tip: Gothamist.

Read my recent interview with Koch — in which he talked about his lifehere.

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