4. Birthplace of Eleanor Roosevelt: 56 West 37th Street

Eleanor Roosevelt with Father-56 West 37th Street-NYCAnna Eleanor Roosevelt, center, with her father and siblings in 1892. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Jumping to the other famous Roosevelts, Franklin and Eleanor, they were residents of Manhattan as well. While Franklin Delano shares the same name and also became an American president, it was Eleanor who was more closely related to Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor’s father, Elliott Roosevelt, was Teddy’s younger brother, and FDR was Teddy’s fifth cousin.


Eleanor Roosevelt was born in a house at 56 West 37th Street in 1884. Both her parents died when she was young and she was sent to live with her grandmother in Tivoli, New York, and later to England. 56 West 37th Street has since been replaced by a commercial building.