Ed Koch was a fine mayor, and we mourned his recent death along with the rest of the city. But his name does not belong on the Queensboro Bridge, so we support the effort, however unlikely it is to succeed, of Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. to take it off there.
It hasn’t been formally called the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge for very long, and of course people just call it the Queensboro or the 59th Street Bridge. Two names are enough. And the bill Vallone says he’ll introduce to change the name back to simply the Queensboro would also name a building in Manhattan after Koch instead.
Vallone’s in a tough race for borough president, and no doubt hopes his bill will boost his campaign. But he was against the renaming all along, as were three-quarters of borough residents. There are plenty of other pieces of infrastructure that could be used to honor Koch’s memory. Why not add his name to the Manhattan Bridge, which even ends near his old haunts downtown? That would work.