Hundreds turn out for ex-NYC mayor Koch's funeral

Family, friends and the City of New York said goodbye to iconic former mayor Ed Koch. Koch became a hero to many in New York

The three-term mayor died early Friday at 88.

The three-term mayor died early Friday at 88. (2/4/13)

MANHATTAN - Family, friends and the City of New York said goodbye to iconic former mayor Ed Koch.

Koch became a hero to many in New York City when he was credited with saving the economy and the livelihoods of thousands of residents.

He grew up in Newark before serving three terms as New York City mayor from 1978 to 1989.

Former President Bill Clinton and other elected officials honored Koch during his funeral that was held at Temple Emanuel on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The 88-year-old died Friday of congestive heart failure. However, he told the Associated Press back in 2008 that he bought a burial plot in Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights because he didn't want to leave Manhattan even after he was gone.

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