• NoneNEW YORK (AP) — Ed Koch's very popular instant as mayor of New York town, fittingly, involvedscreaming.

    Suddenly motivated to do certain thing brash about a acrid mass transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn connection not far from his City Hall office to encourage commuters who were compelled to stroll to work instead of leaping aboard subwayteaches and motor coaches.

    "I began to yell, 'Walk over the connection! Walk over the connection! We're not going to let these bastards convey us to our knees!' And persons started to applaud," the famously combative, acid-tongued political leader recalled at a 2012 forum.

    He took his own advice, too. Days subsequent, he walked from Manhattan across the Queensboroconnection — formally renamed in his respect in 2011 — and was greeted with cheers from commuters trudging alongside and by crowds on the Queens side.

    Koch's achievement in rallying New Yorkers in the face of the hit was, he said, his biggestindividual achievement as head. And it was a brandish that was quintessentially Koch, whoreleased the town from near-financial ruin throughout a three-term town auditorium run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world.

    Koch died at 2 a.m. Friday at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure, representative George Arzt said. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

    Koch was accepted to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia clinic on Monday with shortness of wind,and was moved to intensive care on Thursday for closer supervising of the fluid in his lungs and legs. He had been issued two days previous after being treated for water in his lungs and legs. He had primarily been admitted on Jan. 19.