Koch Family Sits Shiva At Gracie Mansion

Former Mayor Ed Koch's family is sitting shiva at Gracie Mansion today.
Shiva is the period of time a Jewish family gathers after someone dies to mourn and remember their loved one.

Koch was laid to rest Monday.

Many of the city's elite came out to show their respects, including former mayors David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the eulogy at Temple Emanu-El, touching on the charismatic personality that endeared Koch to New Yorkers.

"Tough and loud, brash and irreverent, full of humor and chutzpah. He was our city's quintessential mayor," Bloomberg said.

"He had a big brain but he had a bigger heart," said former President Bill Clinton.

Koch's casket got a standing ovation as it was carried out to the tune of "New York, New York" played on the organ.

He was buried at the non-denominational Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights, which the former mayor chose so he can stay in Manhattan forever.

Koch died Friday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.


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