George Washington – New York City was the first U. S. capital, and the first U.S. president took the oath of office in NYC at what is now Federal Hall, inwhat is now Manhattan’s Financial District. The site, now a National Memorial, also served as the home to the first Congress, Supreme Court and Executive branch offices. Today, it is a museum, commemorating its role as the birthplace of American government with exhibitions and National Park Ranger-led tours and special events with costumed period re-enactors. NPS Federal Hall website
Theodore Roosevelt – The only U.S. president born in New York City, his childhood home in Chelsea is now the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, with an introductory film, guided tours of period rooms furnished with many items owned by theRoosevelt family and exhibit galleries (currently closed for renovations). NPS Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site website.
Ulysses S. Grant – The General Grant National Memorial in Harlem, better known as “Grant’s Tomb,” is the final resting place of Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife, Julia, and the largest mausoleum in North America. Exhibits show how Grant, then Commanding General of the Union Army, ended the bloodiest conflict in American history and then worked as president to heal the nation and make civil rights for all citizens a reality. NPS Grant’s Tomb website
George Washington again – Perched on a hilltop, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights is the oldest house in Manhattan. It served as George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights during the Revolutionary War, and hosted a dinner with George Washington and his cabinet, including Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, in 1790. Now a year-round museum, the mansion features restored period rooms furnished in the colonial, Federalist and Empire styles and fun family events such as Colonial and Victorian teas, art exhibits and workshops. Morris Jumel Mansion website.
There are additional presidential connections day-trip distance from New York City, including Hyde Park, the lifelong home and library of the nation’s longest serving president Franklin D. Roosevelt and his first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
The “Path Through History” program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, makes it easy to explore New York’s Presidential heritage sites.