Mayor Ed Koch

The Mayor Who Put Jewishness In Your Face

Honoring Hizzoner, for his unabashed ethnic pride and for bringing New York back.

Special To The Jewish Week

Many eras could reasonably compete as the defining Jewish moment of New York City: pushcarts on the Lower East Side, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the CCNY point-shaving scandal, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers’ strike, the Brill Building’s influence on the American songbook, and the garment industry’s styling of American haute couture.

His town: Koch at renaming of the Queensborough Bridge in his honor last year. Inset: With then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at St
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