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Ed Koch’s Secret

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Missing in action Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York, had a bombastic style that defined the image of a big-city leader in the 1980s.

But as open as Koch could be, my colleagues Matt Flegenheimer and Rosa Goldensohn wrote in a new profile of him, he strained to conceal one aspect of his life: He was gay.

I spoke to Matt about the story. Why write about Ed Koch and his private life now? This isn’t a story about his sex life. It’s about his life and how that life had profound implications for his city.

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