Former Mayor of New York from 1978-1989, Ed Koch, passed away today at the age of 88. I've always been fascinated by Koch as he led New York City out of and through chaotic, crazy times.
I had planned on seeing the documentary, Koch, released on his life today, but seeing it on the day he passed away made it even more poignant. There is a scene in the film where he visits his gravesite and reads his epitaph, written by him. "He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York and he fiercely loved its people. Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II."
He lived around the corner from us in the Village, in an apartment overlooking Washington Square Park, and loved Citarella as much as I do, the gourmet grocery store I shop at way too often because it's a 30-second walk from our apartment.
Best tweet from Alec Baldwin: "RIP Ed Koch, as much a part of NY as Central Park, hot dog carts, the Yankees, the subway. A mayor of the people like few others..."