Review: Seeing “Koch” at the Angelika

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 at 6:46 am by

koch-angelika-2

We’ll just go on a limb and say what everyone is thinking. The passing of former mayor Ed Koch early Friday morning was no doubt a boon for the new documentary about his life by Neil Barsky, KOCH. The timing of his passing was eerily precise, as the film opened citywide later that evening in two Manhattan theaters – the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinema. And of course, there was a rather predictable press presence to capture the moment. A line of movie-goers snaking around the lobby, with reporters and camera operators grabbing the necessary interviews and b-roll. Outside, meanwhile, all the requisite news trucks idled curbside. Media frenzy isn’t the proper terminology here, but something close to it.

koch-angelika-3

As for the movie itself, we highly recommend checking it out. It’s an “easy” watch; a candid look at his life – political and personal aspects – that takes the viewer on a nostalgia ride from the oft-romanticized mid-70s through present. Plenty of deep archival eye candy from back in the day. The presentation effortlessly shuffles between the Koch of yore and the Koch of recent past, touching upon the good (saving city from bankruptcy, building affordable housing) and bad (corruption, AIDS epidemic, Sydenham Hospital closure) moments of his storied three-term career.

koch-williamsburg-bridge

Koch on the Williamsburg Bridge, OTB and Loew’s Delancey visible.

Best quote, in response to considering another run: “No. People threw me out…and now the people must be punished.”

The funeral service for Koch takes place at 11am this morning at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side. Bill Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg are to eulogize the man.

Recent Stories

rickys-halloween-delancey
Ricky’s Halloween Superstore on Delancey Street is Now Open

Like clockwork, the temporary Halloween stores are sprouting up throughout the city, eager to exchange shitty, one-time-wearable product for dollars. The Lower East Side is obviously no exception. Ricky’s planted two dedicated “superstores” within a few blocks of each other – 250 East Houston and 104 Delancey. The latter opened for business yesterday. This address was, […]

zarin-grand
Zarin Fabrics’ Awning is Removed from 314 Grand Street; TD Bank Coming Soon

Already with one multinational bank to its name, 314 Grand Street certainly didn’t need another; especially fifteen feet away. Anyone could tell you that. Though, such is life on the Lower East Side. Contractors erected corner-hogging scaffolding on Friday afternoon, a facade obstruction that’ll be with us for the foreseeable future. You’ll recall that Zarin Fabrics relocated […]

christian-berst-rivington
Christian Berst Art Brut Gallery is Opening at 95 Rivington Street

Vintage boutique Dear:Rivington operated in the ground floor of 95 Rivington Street for five years before departing the 1840-era townhouse back in June. Quite a tenure considering so many of its peers barely last two in the Hell Square environs. The business relocated to the gold coast of Great Jones Street to a store more […]

rayuela-allen
Rayuela on Allen Street is Currently Closed for Unspecified ‘Renovations’

Rayuela on Allen Street is the latest Lower East Side restaurant to employ ye olde unannounced shutter for “renovations” trick. The popular “freestyle Latino” joint (also known for its brunch) abruptly closed within the last couple days to change things up. Scope of the so-called renovations is unknown to the public at the moment, and […]

feit-bowery-shop
‘FEIT Direct’ Footwear Brand Opening Flagship Store on the Bowery

Corporate conglomerates have finally colonized the easternmost fringe of Prince Street. Where just a few years ago turnover here at the corner of Bowery was quite high, stability seems ripe. Anne et Valentin, Sandro, Helmut Lang, and Maje all maintain a presence on the block. The FEIT Direct footwear brand is now joining the fray at […]