New York (CNN) - An organ played "New York, New York" as pallbearers - from the New York City Police Department - carried the simple wooden casket with a Star of David through hundreds of admirers, friends, family members and dignitaries, and out of the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Monday to lay to rest the city's brash and outspoken three-term former mayor, Ed Koch, who died of congestive heart failure on Friday.
He was 88.
R.I.P. Mayor Koch. I was brought into this world during the tenure of Mayor Koch.
So we bid farewell to "Hizonnadamayer". There were too few like him in his day, and fewer now.
No mayor, I think, has ever embodied the spirit of New York City like he did. And I don't think anyone ever will. Tough and loud, brash and irreverent, full of humor and chutzpah
Ed Koch WAS New York. He embodied the spirit of my city. He was one of a kind. His spirit will live on forever.
May my favorite Mayor finally rest in peace.
You have to admire a guy who was so well liked that one year he ran as both a Republican AND a Democrat.
Always an amusing view from Bergen County.
Everyone should read And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts. Koch did nothing about the Aids epidemic in New York. he didn't want to draw attention to his being Gay. Why was he so ashamed. Larry Kramer knew his lovers. Mr. Koch you missed the boat on helping and caring for people. You missed the boat on Gay rights. And by opposing President Obama who helped the party of the Christian Right so ironic.