Did you know Theodore Roosevelt is the only US president born in New York City?
Did you know his nickname was Teedie?
Did you know he survived an assisination attempt after being shot in the chest?
Did you know his birthplace is right by the Flatiron on 20th Street between Broadway and Park Ave South?
Did you know this house is actually a reconstruction since the original was torn down?
No? Well neither did I until I visited the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace and toured the townhouse. Run by the National Park Service, this national historic site offers free tours six times a day Tuesdays – Saturdays. Not only that, admission is also free. Park Rangers (!) are your tour guides and the they are the only way to see the recreated rooms.
I showed up at 2:50PM and took the 3PM tour. Each tour is limited to 18 people and lasts about 45 minutes. You visit five rooms in total on the upper floors – a dining room, two living areas, and two bedrooms.
The lower level, where you enter the townhouse from, contains a gallery where you can see the shirt he wore during his assassination attempt. Right before Roosevelt was to give a speech during his campaign, he was shot in the chest but survived due to an eyeglass case and a folded copy of his speech. Noticing he wasn’t coughing up blood and realizing the bullet didn’t go through his lungs, he took the stage and went on to deliver a 90 minute speech. Yup.
LOCATION: Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace | 28 East 20th Street between Broadway & Park Ave South | New York, NY 10003 | 212.260.1616
ADMISSION & TOUR: Free!