Former Mayor Ed Koch, who is profiled in a new documentary film coming out the first week in February, has, in a rather unusual move, already installed a tombstone at a burial plot he purchased in uptown Trinity Cemetery, Broadway and West 155th Street. Some have articulated some surprise at this, but I don’t think it’s all that outrageous; the Mayor has no children to install a tombstone after his death, and plenty of people get their names chiseled on already erected family headstones in anticipation of their demise.
Koch included a quote from Daniel Pearl (who also died on a February 1st), the journalist murdered by terrorists in the aftermath of 9-11-01, as well as a phrase from Deuteronomy 6:4.
The Mayor had been in and out of the hospital at age 88 in January 2013, and passed away on February 1.
1/30/13, rev. 2/1/13