Ed Koch: A Life in Pictures

In this March 23, 2010 file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks during a publicity event in New York. Koch is keeping tabs on the Democratic National Convention while undergoing a battery of hospital tests. A spokesman for the ex-Democratic mayor says Koch might not get out of the hospital Wednesday, as he'd originally hoped. Koch felt weak over the weekend while staying with friends in North Carolina. He was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012,  with anemia.
Photo: Seth Wenig/AP/Corbis

The unmistakable Ed Koch, dead today at 88, was a New York City icon in stature as much as spirit. Tall and rail thin, the former mayor was instantly recognizable both up at the podium as a politician and on the streets, looking over the city long after he was done in office, almost always with a smile.