Bryant Park / 34th Street

Leadership

Farewell to Hizzoner

We bid a fond farewell to Mayor Ed Koch. In face of massive bureaucratic resistance, he understood the benefits that private management can bring to public spaces.

Mayor Ed Koch at the 100th Birthday celebration of Bryant Park. May 11, 1984.

The passing of former Mayor Ed Koch brings us great sadness, but also stirs many fond memories. Mayor Koch, as the multitude of tributes attests to, was a man of many facets and accomplishments. He was Mayor of NYC when Bryant Park Corporation was founded in 1980, when the city's fortunes were at their nadir. And even though there was a general feeling that things needed to change dramatically at the time, the idea of managing public spaces with private funds was a radical one. Many city officials simply would not take it seriously, and fought fiercely against it. Not so Mayor Koch, who understood our mission and made possible the sort of public-private partnerships in place today.

"Let's be clear," says BPC President Dan Biederman. "Without a Mayor of Ed Koch's vision, Bryant Park Corporation would not have gotten off the ground. In fact, BPC, the 34th Street Partnership, and all the other public-private management groups that have been so important to the city's renewal, would not be here had Mayor Koch not been in office at such a crucial time. He was a great Mayor and a great friend to our organizations. We're going to miss him."

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34TH STREET

The Sam Ash Music Store, a legendary music center, moved from its cramped digs on 48th Street into a spacious showroom on West 34th.

CHELSEA

Directors of the Chelsea Improvement Company held their annual meeting on February 7, discussing strides made during 2012 and upcoming plans for 2013.

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