Former Mayor Still Has His Finger On the Pulse Of New York, And If It Were Up To Him He’d Give The City What It Wants On Sunday: A God Damn Party

As you may have heard, things are not going so well for New York City* of late. Lower Manhattan has been without power for days. A hundred or so houses that once stood in Queens are now rubble. Staten Island has been destroyed. Those living uptown and in other areas that emerged relatively unscathed are dealing with survivor’s guilt. In spite of all that, Mayor Bloomberg has declared that the Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, will go on, a decision that has been met with major outrage by people who believe the considerable resources that go toward putting on the race should be put to more critical use elsewhere, that the city does not need the strain of putting up an additional 40,000 people, that the supposed economic benefit would be a drop in the bucket of what NYC needs, that the generators sitting in Central Park right now could be helping those sitting in darkness, and that considering dead bodies are still being pulled of the water, it’s generally “too soon.” One guy who’d beg to differ? Ed Koch. Twenty-five years out of his mayorship, he still gets these people and while the media would have you believe holding the marathon has caused an enormously heated debate, he’s here to tell you that’s bull. New Yorkers want this and if Koch were still King? He’d be throwing a parade come Sunday, with A-Rod as Grand Marshal.

“I’m telling you — and I think I’ve got pretty good judgment in this matter —that the people of New York City want the marathon to be run, and I applaud what the mayor is doing,” Koch told CNBC. “I think the media is creating a fuss that doesn’t exist, and that the people of New York City want this marathon,” he said on “Fast Money.” “If I were mayor, I would be doing exactly the same thing.” Koch, who served as mayor from 1978 to 1989, said that he faced the same decision when the city was near bankruptcy and still threw a ticker-tape parade for the Yankees following their World Series win. The parade came despite opposition from the media. “I said, ‘New York Times, you have your head screwed on wrong.’ What the people of New York City need is a celebration, something that will lift their spirits, and there’s nothing comparable to the marathon with respects to lifting the spirits of this city,” he said.

NYC Marathon Must Go On, Ex-Mayor Koch Says [CNBC]

*And the East Coast in general, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.

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31 Responses to “Former Mayor Still Has His Finger On the Pulse Of New York, And If It Were Up To Him He’d Give The City What It Wants On Sunday: A God Damn Party”

  1. guest says:

    "The people of New York want this."

    Okay old man.

  2. Guest says:

    I live below 39th on the east side .. I'll be out on Sunday peeing on passing runners

    GFY Koch

  3. HAM05 says:

    fucking marathon runners

  4. Wiki Answers says:

    'Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt'…….

    Coined by the Roman poet Juvenal in the first Century in his Satires lamenting the continuing slide of his former Roman Republic into dictatorship. The term refers to entertainment or offerings intended to foil discontent or distract attention from a situation. In ancient Rome, bread and circuses were used to keep the underprivileged poor people quiet.

  5. Cosmo says:

    I will be out there with a hot cup of tea for the first runner who wants it.

  6. guest says:

    Yankees win the World Series ===> have a parade

    Hurricane destroys parts of the city, many people suffering ====> have a marathon

    excellent analogy mayor

    – UBS Cognition Quant

  7. Donald Trump says:

    Like Tuesday's election, the marathon will feature a Kenyan winning, trailed by hordes of sad looking white people.

  8. Guest says:

    I plan on using my t-shirt gun to knock down runners so that I can then eat them.

    -Future John Street Cannibal

  9. Guest says:

    How is Jean Paul going to make it to the marathon on time with no power and gridlock traffic?

  10. Dow30Thou says:

    It's ridiculous that they're still holding this, but that being said, I'll see you on the Verrazano.


  11. Guest says:

    "A hundred or so houses that once stood in Brooklyn are now rubble."

    If this is referring to the fire, that was in Queens.

  12. Invitee says:

    No survivor's guilt here. I did lose Internet for a couple of hours on Tuesday, though, is that the same thing?

    – Midtown resident who has enjoyed 5 extra days of vacation and counting because his office is in downtown.

  13. The Hunkerer says:

    Meet me at Minetta's, Koch. Finger me in the dark till you find a pulse so I know it's you.

  14. Lavar Arrington says:

    Penn State Alum here….why would you cancel a sporting event?

  15. Guest says:

    Grandpa Munster was Mayor of New York?