Welcome back to Part II of NYC’s Presidential Haunts. Last week we looked at locations frequented by US Presidents from Washington to Lincoln, this week we’ll look at presidents Grant to Obama.

Ulysses Grant

Grant’s temporary tomb.  Source: Grant Monument Association

After his presidency, Grant and his wife lived part of their time in New York City and he listed the city as one of the places in which he wanted to be buried, eventually next to his wife. After a 60,000 person, 5 hour, 7 mile funeral procession, Grant was laid to rest in a vault in Riverside Park. (A plaque currently marks this former  entombment  site)

Grant’s Tomb National Memorial

On April 27, 1892, what would have been Grant’s seventieth birthday, President Benjamin Harrison laid the cornerstone for the  permanent  tomb. The tomb, the exterior of which was modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the interior of which was modeled after Les Invalides,  was dedicated five years later to the day. Grant’s Tomb, which was unfinished according to its original plan, is currently run by the National Park Service.

Chester Arthur

Chester Arthur  receiving  the oath of office from Justice Brady at his 123 Lexington Avenue address

In the early hours of September 20, 1881,  John R. Brady, a  New York Supreme Court justice, swore Arthur in as the twenty-first president of the United States, making him the second president to be sworn in in New York City. (Arthur was sworn in again two days later in Washington D.C.) The  inauguration  occurred in Arthur’s house, located at 123 Lexington Avenue. Unlike almost all other similar sites, it is still a private residence and has not been taken over by any historical agency or association. Today, visitors can see a plaque on the building where Arthur was sworn in and later died, on November 18, 1886.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in his family’s 28 East 20th Street brownstone. He lived there until the age of fourteen, when his family moved to 6 West 57th Street. In 1916, the house was demolished to make way for a retail building. Within weeks of his death, in 1919, the  Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association, purchased the lot on which the home had been located, and the adjoining one, to recreate his childhood home. The  Theodore  Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Sitere is open to the public and is operated by the National Park Service.

Herbert Hoover

Hoover’s living room from the Waldorf Astoria has been recreated at the Herbert Hoover Library-Museum.  Source: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

In 1944, after his wife’s sudden death, Hoover made Suite 31A at the Waldorf Astoria, his sole residence. He and his wife had previously split their time between Palo Alto and the hotel. In 1964, Hoover died in the Waldorf Astoria. A recreation of his suite can be viewed at his presidential library.

The Waldforf Astoria also possesses the presidential Track 61. Beneath the building is an abandoned subway track and car which was utilized by the likes of General Pershing and Franklin Roosevelt to enter the whole through a private entrance.

Franklin Roosevelt

The  Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.  Source: NYC Architecture

When Roosevelt got married, he and Eleanor moved into a brownstone at 125 East 36th Street. Roosevelt had previously been living at 200 Madison Avenue, with his widowed mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt. He couldn’t escape his mother and in 1907, two years after they got married, the three of them moved into a townhouse at  47-49 East 65th Street. The building currently houses the  Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.

Dwight Eisenhower

Columbia University’s President’s House

From May 1948 until January 1953, Eisenhower served as the thirteenth President of Columbia University. Due to his military service, Eisenhower was often away from the University, mostly notably when  in December 1950 he became the first supreme commander of NATO. While at Columbia, Eisenhower lived in the 1912,  McKim, Mead & White designed President’s House.

John F. Kennedy

The Third Madison Square Garden

On May 19, 1962,  Kennedy celebrated his forty-fifth birthday at (the third) Madison Square Garden. Marilyn Monroe famously performed a sultry rendition of Happy Birthday, Mr. President wearing a now famous dress into which she had to be sewn.

Richard Nixon

142 East 65th Street (From Sales Brochure)

In 1963, Nixon purchased the fifth floor apartment at 810 Fifth Avenue. Nelson Rockefeller and his wife also lived in the building. During their presidential campaign, the two took different elevators in the building in an attempt to avoid one another. After his presidency, Nixon returned to the city. Even a former president had a hard time finding a new abode. Eventually, Nixon  and his wife setteled on  a 5,000-square-foot, 12-room town house at 142 East 65th Street. The Nixons lived there for fewer than three years before  moving out to  Saddle River, New Jersey.  On April 22, 1994, Nixon died in New York City at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

Jimmy Carter

Madison Square Garden

From July 12 to July 15, the 1976 Democratic National Convention met at Madison Square Garden and nominated the former governor of Georgia,  Jimmy Carter, and Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale as his Vice President elect.

Bill Clinton

Madison Square Garden was also the site of the 1992 Democratic National Convention Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee Senator Al Gore were nominated. The keynote speaker was former Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, who had given the keynote at the party’s prior (1976)  New York City convention as well.

55 West 125th Street

In 2001, Clinton began his post-presidential life in New York City. The William J. Clinton Foundation, along with the former president  himself, moved into offices  at 55 W. 125th Street. In 2011, the Foundation moved down to Water Street. However, Clinton retained his top floor office in Harlem.

George W. Bush

From July 31 to August 3, the 2000 Republican National Convention met at Madison Square Garden and nominated Texas Governor George W. Bush and  former  Secretary of Defense  Dick Cheney, who went on to win the election.

Barack Obama

Obama’s first New York City apartment

In August 1981, Obama arrived in New York City, fresh from his time at Occidental College. According to his  book, Obama spent his first night in the city in an alley near 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and bathed  in a hydrant alongside a homeless man, the following morning. While at Columbia, Obama lived in apartment 3E, at 142 West 109th Street, with a monthly rent of  $360. Obama also lived in a townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the mid 1980s with a girlfriend:

Don’t miss the locations frequented by US Presidents from Washington to Lincoln in NYC as well!

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