“I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers,” the mayor ““ eyebrows devilishly up, grinning wickedly at his own wit ““ enlightened the reporters at his $475 rent-controlled apartment in Greenwich Village on Inauguration Day in 1978. “Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.” His political odyssey took him from independent-minded liberal to pragmatic conservative, from street-corner hustings with a little band of reform Democrats in Greenwich Village to the pinnacle of power as New York City’s 105th mayor from Jan. 1, 1978, to Dec. 31, 1989. [New York Times]

MAYOR KOCH was in charge when I lived in New York City, back in the bad old days when the greatest city in the world was on the brink of bankruptcy. This was back when Times Square still had peep shows, adult movie theaters and looked like a city that never slept.

To those of us who worked in Times Square on Broadway, it was always a crap shoot walking out of the theater late at night, but we were also the community who kept the 42nd Street theatre district bustling. It was a time when on the nights I felt like walking up town after the show, whichever one I was in, I’d pass by the crowds at Studio 54 and gaze in wonder at the characters crowding the doorway.

It was a different era, unrecognizable when looking at today’s New York.

Read the New York Times obituary of Edward I. Koch. When I lived in New York City, Mayor Koch was the city.