87-year-old former mayor Ed Koch is being treated at New York Presbyterian right now after his anemia led him to require a blood infusion yesterday, officials say. The sometime movie critic, last in the news when he was "delighted" by the Pussy Riot sentencing in Russia, is expected to be released back into the wild later this week.
According to Koch's longtime aide George Arzt, the three-term mayor (and bridge namesake) "had been feeling very weak for the past few weeks," and was admitted to the hospital after returning to the city from a visit with friends in North Carolina. "He used to eat like a horse, and now he just pushes the food around his plate," Arzt told the Times.
Koch's last big stay at New York Presbyterian was in 2009 when he underwent a quadruple bypass after a previous heart attack and stroke.