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HE PUT THE ‘Y’ IN MAYOR: Koch in his most-familiar pose.
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KOCH IN MOTION: The mayor gesticulates during a town hall meeting.
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JUBIATION: A young man is thrilled to shake hands with the mayor during the Brighton Jubilee in Brighton Beach.
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LOOK, GIVE BLOOD: Koch encourages residents to give blood during a meeting at James Madison High School in Marine Park.
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KOCH IN CANARSIE: Here’s the mayor speaking in Canarsie.
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KOCH ON CAMERA PART I: The mayor gestures as he listens during a hearing at Intermediate School 303 in Coney Island.
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KOCH ON CAMERA PART II: The mayor realizes our cameraman has focused his lens on him.
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KOCH ON CAMERA PART III: But that didn’t affect how he reacted to what he was hearing.
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DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNITY: Koch with Bergen Beach residents Deby Malone and Nancy Cicale at the dedication of a ballfield at Bargen Avenue and Avenue W in 1982.
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BIG AUDIENCE: Koch speaks to 800 students and teachers at a hearing back in the day.
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WHAT AN ENTRANCE: The quickest way to Brooklyn in 1983 was by police boat. Here Koch shows up for the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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MR. TANG, MEET MR. KOCH: The mayor on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge in the late 1980s.
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WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING: On the same day, Koch appears to have a thought bubble telling us what is on his mind.
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KID FRIENDLY: The mayor used deputized kids during safe-driving and water-saving campaigns in the ’70s and ’80s.
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POL PARADISE: Koch with Sen. Al D’Amato, Borough President Howard Golden, Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein, District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman, and state First Lady Matilda Cuomo.
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WHERE HAVE THE YEARS GONE?: Koch isn’t looking at the camera, but a young Chuck Schumer, to the mayor’s left, makes eye contact. That’s Noach Dear on Koch’s rigth.
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RIDGE RUSH: Koch is flanked by Congressman Leo Zeferetti and Al Nahas, president of the Third Avenue Merchants Association, as they cross the street to a tour bus in 1978.
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PLEASE DISPERSE, THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Mayor Ed Koch uses a bullhorn on the steps of the 66th precinct stationhouse in Borough Park in 1978 as he tries to get an angry crowd of Hasidic Jews who were protesting for more police protection to go home.
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ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: Mayor Edward Koch hung out with an 8-year-old Elephant named Minnie, in Sunset Park in 1978.
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KOCH AND CARRY: Sen. Al D’Amato and Mayor Ed Koch under the Giglio, which weighs more than Minnie the Elephant, in Williamsburg in 1989.
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KOCH ON THE BLOCK: Koch with Rosemarie O’Keefe, president of the Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Association, in 1985.
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CAP IT OFF: Koch sports a Brooklyn Dodogers cap — long before they once again became cool — during the Brooklyn Bridge centennial celbration in 1983.
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OK, WE TOOK THE COLOR OUT OF THIS ONE: Koch, a Democrat, supported GOP congressional candidate Bob Turner when the mayor showed up at the Palm Beach Senior Living Center in Sheepshead Bay in 2011.
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SNIP, SNIP, HOORAY?: Koch pauses as Borough President Howard Golden cuts the ribbon outside a refurbished Borough Hall in 1989.
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IN DEMAND: Koch is surrounded by residents the second he walks into a town hall meeting in Coney Island in the mid-’80s.
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SWEET: If Koch was on a diet, he broke it at Nightfalls restuarant on Third Avenue in the 1980s.
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HOW SWEDE IT IS: Mayor Koch hails the crowd during the Norwegian-American parade in Bay Ridge in 1979.

Ed Koch, who led New York City back from oblivion during his three terms as mayor from 1978 until 1989, has died of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

We have compiled a slide show of Koch in action in Brooklyn and we’re seeking your thoughts on the man who famously wondered aloud “How’m I doin’?”

So, Brooklyn, comment below and let us hear how you think he did.

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Or from Yellow Hook says:
I dare Mayor for Life Mike to walk the streets of New York and ask, "How 'my doin?'"
Feb. 1, 2013, 8:46 am
Scott from Sunnyside says:
RIP Ed Koch. To me, you were the only mayor we ever had.
Feb. 1, 2013, 10:10 am
JAZ from crunching Calebs says:
RIP Mayor Koch - you were the best we ever had, hands down. Sad day.
Feb. 1, 2013, 10:17 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Hey, Ed. You did great!
Feb. 1, 2013, 10:50 am
Paul A. from Bay Ridge/Ft. Hamilton says:
Mayor Ed "How'm I doing?" Koch was a unique New York icon. He pulled the city out of the hole it was in after Ford said New York, Drop Dead. He had personality, wit, charm and the balls to call it as he saw it. How'm I doing?? You did great Ed, just great.
Feb. 1, 2013, 11:49 am
Ben from Greenpoint says:
One more line i remember he use to say; " I AM NOT A JEWISH MAYOR, I AM THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK THAT HAPPENS TO BE JEWISH"
Feb. 1, 2013, 12:40 pm
Albert from Ditmas park says:
Wow! I was a young kid growing up in Sunset Park during his tenure but from what I can remember of him, he was a hell of a Mayor! RIP, my fellow New Yorker.

You will be missed.
Feb. 3, 2013, 4:17 pm
ICE from INWOOD/CALIFORNIA says:
We LOVE you ED!!! You kept it 100%, that's "how you're still doing"
Feb. 8, 2013, 1:29 am

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