Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died this morning after being admitted to the hospital earlier this week. He was 88.

Twitter users shared memories of the colorful three-term mayor.

As prayers and remembrances come in, many struggle to imagine a New York City without Ed Koch.

RIP, Mr. Mayor.

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/statuses/297322818440421377

NYC has lost an irrepressible icon and our most charismatic cheerleader. Ed Koch was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.

https://twitter.com/SMJanicze2/status/297301324389834752

Koch’s last tweet before he was hospitalized:

Editor’s note: Additional tweets have been added since this post was first published.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    RIP, Mr. Koch

  • DontDrinkTheCoolAid

    One of the few DEMs that actually did some good for NYC. “How ma’doin?”

  • lee metzger

    Ed Koch was a true icon, describing himself as a “liberal WITH sanity!”

  • V the K

    Democrats were high-fiving and celebrating his death, then they realized he wasn’t one of the Koch brothers.

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    How’m I doing? We’ll take it from here Hizzoner

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I remember that question. My Navy ship was in Hoboken Shipyard from late 83 to summer 84. Mayor Ed was always on local news and have him talking to people about the most mundane problems, but he’d still ask them “how’m I doing?”

      I think that was about the time that carrying a bag for doggy-doo became the law in NYC. That issue really stirred up some….well, you know.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I remember that question. My Navy ship was in Hoboken Shipyard from late 83 to summer 84. Mayor Ed was always on local news and have him talking to people about the most mundane problems, but he’d still ask them “how’m I doing?”

      I think that was about the time that carrying a bag for doggy-doo became the law in NYC. That issue really stirred up some….well, you know.

  • V the K

    Where did Drudge get that picture of Jerry Brown’s Economic Advisors?

    • journogal

      Awesome…or that could be a photo from the WH press briefing.

      • V the K

        Or State Department staffers greeting John Kerry on his first day.

        • journogal

          Didn’t consider any of these either…all good.

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          OKAY V the K we get the idea! XD LOL Jawamax 8<{D}

      • V the K

        Or MSNBC employees performing their morning calisthenics.

      • V the K

        Or DNC headquarters on any given weekday.

    • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

      That is funny! You would have made Ed smile with that one. Heck, he and Andrew Breitbart are smiling now.

    • $23629333

      I thought it was the city council in San Fran.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2013/02/ed-koch-rip.html Ed Koch when asked who he most despised answered “Former President Jimmy Carter.”

  • Matthew Morris

    RIP Mayor, I didn’t always agree with you, but I respected you.

  • TocksNedlog

    Anyone with the temerity to run Mos Eisley Spaceport for 12 years deserves our respect.

    Either that or a straitjacket.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    I lived in Ridgewood, Borough of Queens, New York during Mayor Koch’s Reign (I moved there from Fla. in 1985), and I can honestly say (even tho’ I’m a conservative) that I SAW The Big Apple turn around during those years! The Subways were getting fixed up, Major crime started declining, the streets were kept cleaner, And The Mob/Mafia were being watched closely… And when thing weren’t so good, He kept his (and the City’s) chin up with his wit and wisdom. God Bless you Edward I. Koch, Shalom, and Rest in Peace….And DON;T WORRY, YOU;RE DOING FINE! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • bluewaternavy

    I come from a family of conservatives (and some libertarians) My Dad was a Montanan with politics slightly to the right of Genghis Khan (his words!)

    Dad liked Koch-certainly as a person-because he admire the honesty of the man. “He certainly doesn’t hand you the usual political bullshit” said dad…

    I met Koch once when walking to Penn Station in uniform, a downpour started-a REAL downpour! A NYPD unmarked car pulled up and a voice asked me if I needed a lift-to my absolute amazement, it was Mayor Koch and a detective from his detail.

    I took the lift very happily-a trip that took about 20 minutes (he asked me if I was in a hurry-I said no. Koch was no fan of the screaming sirens making traffic worse for his fellow New Yorkers) When I was dropped off at Penn, he told me to tell my shipmates we were “doin’ fine” by the country. He gave a cheery wave and they were gone. I sent a letter thanking him-and got as reply telling me it was a pleasure-

    and to please buy an umbrella….

    Thanks, Mr. Mayor-Rest in Peace!

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Awesome story. It was a different era, wasn’t it? Mentioned on another thread, I lived in NYC during his tenure, and always thought well of him.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Gee, I wonder if former L.A. mayors Sam Yorty or Tom Bradley received this much NATIONAL attention as Koch when either of them died? No. Why? Because they were not near the east coast. Look, the guy was a Mayor. Sure, before that he was a Representative. He does not deserve to get any more NATIONAL attention than any other former local pol anywhere else in this country.

    If you want to argue that he did a lot for NYC, there are a lot of mayors who did good for their city that we will never learn about. Let’s keep it in perspective folks.

    This is like Chris Christie getting all sorts of laudish press coverage. He’s the governor of a small state. If New Jersey had been situated between AZ & NM, or between MT & SD, you never would have heard of him.

    Koch and Christie benefit from being in or near where most major news operations are headquartered. If there is one thing I can compliment CNN is that it is not located near NYC.