Former New York mayor Ed Koch, a feisty politician who pulled the city from near-financial ruin, died Friday. He was 88.
Edward I. Koch talked to a homeless man after handing him a dollar while en route to the subway for a trip to City Hall for his inauguration as mayor, January 1, 1978.
Mayor Edward I. Koch opens a fire hydrant with a cap designed to reduce water usage, at 117th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, July 7, 1980.
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In this Oct. 17, 1980, file photo, New York Mayor Ed Koch gestures as he escorts Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan into Gracie Mansion in New York.
Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York on a subway heading to City Hall, June 1, 1981.
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Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York during a news conference on his administration's performance the past year, at City Hall, Dec. 29, 1986.
In this March 8, 1987, file photo, New York Mayor Ed Koch gives a lift to Broadway dancer Ann Reinking during a performance of political satire on at the annual Inner Circle gathering of the New York Press Club in New York.
Former Mayor Edward I. Koch marching in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, 1992.
A portrait of former Mayor Edward I. Koch, in New York in 2010.
In this March 23, 2010 file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks during a publicity event in New York. A spokesman says Ed Koch, outspoken 3-term mayor who became brash symbol of NYC, died Friday morning Feb. 1, 2013 at age 88.