[EPISODE] New York City and the Presidents
Jeff introduces tonight’s topic: the history of U.S. Presidents living in or visiting New York. David Griffin joins the show to share his expertise in the history of New York. They begin with George Washington’s involvement in New York, both during and after the American Revolution. They discuss significant historical landmarks in New York and their relation to Washington.
David describes his work with his company Landmark Branding. They touch on how many of the early buildings associated with the early presidents have been lost. David brings up Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation’s work to preserve important historical buildings throughout the country. They pivot to Abraham Lincoln’s connection to New York and the various structures honoring him throughout the city.
Jeff and David discuss Grant’s tomb and its history. Jeff brings up Chester Arthur’s connection to New York City and then Theodore Roosevelt. The conversation moves to the history of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their connections to New York’s history. David discusses various structures that were created as part of the New Deal and during the Great Depression.
Jeff and David’s conversation moves to JFK’s time spent in New York City. They share information on Richard Nixon’s time spent in the city. They mention the importance of the 9/11 memorial and how it embodies the indomitable spirit of the city. They then move to Barack Obama’s connection to New York. They conclude with the current president, Donald Trump, and his well known involvement in New York City.