Ed Koch, the colorful, charismatic mayor who became synonymous with New York City, died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.
At a time when New York City was near the brink of extinction, out of money, fraught with racial disharmony and discord, a criminal danger zone and an urban punchline, former congressman Koch stepped up to defeat incumbent Abe Beame and served three terms from 1978-1989.
Here’s Koch leaving the hospital in December after a battle with pneumonia.
Koch did not have a habit of picking up women, like Ann Reinking, seen here.
Koch greets a commuter who had walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, a “bridge over troubled waters,” during a crippling transit strike in 1980.