02/04/2013 12:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ed Koch

On March 27th, 1990, Mayor Ed Koch posed for a Seven Days magazine cover shoot. As he got out of his car, two East Village locals were going through the garbage in front of my studio. Their hands dripped of coke syrup from the cans they were collecting for nickels. Seeing Koch, they yelled, "It's the mayor!" and immediately stuck out their hands to shake his. The mayor looked at me, then at the garbage and quickly, but charmingly, shook hands with both men. They were delighted. Then, we retreated into my studio where Koch said, "The mayor means a lot to people... where is your bathroom."


(c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders