THOUGHTS ON MAYOR ED KOCH & GREAT NY NOODLETOWN
|Photo from NY Daily News.|
When I think back to that Saturday afternoon, I realize it helped me to understand who Ed Koch is. He sat down with his cronies at a round table as if this was routine. Even beyond all the political discussions he was a part of throughout his career, this setting really was pretty normal. Noodletown was one of his favorite eateries in the city.
What was a former mayor doing in this hole-in-the-wall, dirt-cheap Chinese noodle joint? I think the no-nonsense, gritty dive reflected Koch's own character and social preferences. Never a big fan of lavish and grand parties, Koch felt like a common New Yorker. He was someone we could identify with - whether or not you agreed with his policies.
When Ed Koch walked into that crowded noodle shop, people turned and smiled. But it wasn't that pathetic stargazer look. It was a "there's my buddy" look. He was one of us.