When Ed Koch Was Still Liberal

When Ed Koch Was Still Liberal

I cannot give the precise date when I first met Ed Koch. Encountering this unassuming if enthusiastic man, I had no idea that he was going to play a major role in the political history of New York City. Koch was a young lawyer who had been, quite briefly, a member of the Tamawa Club, the stronghold of the “regular” Democrats in the South Village (“Little Italy”) led by boss Carmine De Sapio. That hardly seemed a port of entry for an aspiring young Jewish politician. One election night, Stephanie Gervis, the Village Voice reporter whom I later married, was sent up to Tamawa and I went with her. We were asked to leave rather quickly—the Voice was a
center of the anti-DeSapio movement—but not before we took in a room in which the women sat in chairs along the walls while the men milled around the center, and the ethnicity was as unmistakable as at Our Lady of Pompeii on Bleecker and Carmine Streets.

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