“Weiner,” the documentary about Anthony Weiner, recalls that candidate’s many scandals. But, for one writer, it brought back memories of another New York Jewish populist — former mayor Ed Koch.
Masha Leon recalls meeting Mario Cuomo for the first time at Grossinger’s in the Catskills. Not surprisingly, he made a haimish pitch for the Jewish vote.
Neil Barsky was a journalist and a hedge fund manager, but when he made ‘Koch,’ his documentary about the former mayor of New York now airing on PBS, it was his first time behind the camera.
The first day of the auction of the former New York Mayor Ed Koch’s possessions fetched a sum of $51,755 at Doyle New York auction house, far greater than the expected $20 - $30,000, the (New York Daily News reported)[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ed-koch-personal-items-hit-auction-article-1.1521013].
How’m I doin’? If you’re the guy in charge of Ed Koch’s grave stone, the answer is: Not too good.
Ed Koch documented his struggles with racist, Jew-hating soldiers as a young GI in a long-lost diary that came to light only after his death last month.
Even though he wasn’t observant, Ed Koch never stopped talking about God. Think Hizzoner hasn’t talked his way past the pearly gates by now? Not a chance!
The late ex-New York mayor Ed Koch loved the limelight. Entertainment Weekly recalled a number of hizzoner’s forays into pop culture, including acting in a cameo role in “The First Wives Club,” hosting “Saturday Night Live,” presiding as a judge on “The People’s Court,” and strutting the fashion runway on “Sex and the City.”
Ed Koch was a true friend of the Forward and a New York original, even though he occasionally used some off-color Yiddish words. Masha Leon takes a look back.