Ed Koch was the right Mayor at the right time for NYC. John Lindsay and Abe Beame had groveled for bailouts trying to get America to feel sorry for the Big Apple. When Koch became Mayor he would have none of it. He said, "I'm from New York City you gotta a problem with that?" He was arrogant and NYC needed arrogant. He also added thousands of houses to the Bronx turning around its decline. He had faults. Who doesn't? But he breathed confidence back into a city that works better thinking of itself as the greatest place on Earth.
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