Edward I. Koch, known as the quintessential New Yorker and Mayor to hold reigns in the city that never sleeps, died Friday morning around 2:00 a.m., at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
Koch has been ill recently, and was in and out of the hospital since September. Koch was frail, but still feisty, was treated for iron-deficiency and had water in his lungs.
Doctors at Columbia-Presbyterian removed 16 lbs. of water out of the former Mayor’s body recently, and then Koch was placed into intensive care. There, around 2:00 a.m., Koch passed away.
Edward Koch will always be remembered by New Yorkers and fellow politicians as a feisty no joke hard-worker, that was also full of life. Even frail, Ed Koch still wanted to go back to work.
Koch ruled New York City from 1977 to 1989 when the city was at its worst. New York City under Mayor Koch was mean, gritty, dirty, graffiti and gang-filled.
Many businesses and families left the city at the time. Tourists were afraid to come into the city that literally never slept.
Mayor Koch represented the rough, tough and tumble of what New York has always been portrayed as. Koch was just as tough, but the Bronx-born Mayor also had a great sense of humor too.
After his Mayoral run, Koch continued to work in politics and also starred in films, TV movies mostly playing his gutsy self.
New York City is filled with iconic buildings, bridges, parks and neighborhoods, and Ed Koch will definitely fill a spot of being a loyal and iconic New Yorker. Ed Koch was 88.