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Ed Koch remembered as quintessential New York City mayor

By Edith Honan NEW YORK, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was memorialized on Monday as an in-your-face, wisecracking leader who helped transform the city from a symbol of urban decay to the vital, glittering metropolis it is today. As Koch's casket was led out of Temple Emanu-El, a soaring Fifth Ave. synagogue opposite Central Park, an organ played Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" while mourners including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and a who's who of New York politics stood and applauded.

Koch film opens on day of former NYC mayor's death

By Jonathan Allen and Edith Honan NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Ed Koch once joked that days on which his name did not appear in the newspaper were days without news. And so it seemed fitting that Koch's death on Friday at age 88 came on the very day that "Koch," a documentary that traces his three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989, opened in two Manhattan theaters.

QUOTEBOX - New Yorkers react to death of former Mayor Ed Koch

Feb 1 (Reuters) - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, an iconic and often polarizing figure, died on Friday at the age of 88. The brash, quick-witted Koch, known for his trademark phrase "How'm I Doin?," served three terms as mayor, leaving office in 1989 only to emerge as a columnist, movie reviewer, pitchman and television judge. [ID :PnL1N0B11GI] Here are some of the remembrances offered by New York figures: * New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

UPDATE 5-Ed Koch, New York's colorful longtime former mayor, dies

* Bold, blunt and abrasive, he was city's biggest booster * Credited with New York's fiscal recovery in late 1970s * New Yorker to the core, Koch remained a political force (Adds details throughout) By Edith Honan and Chris Michaud NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Ed Koch, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88.
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