There have been 44 Presidents of the United States (for now!) but surprisingly only one has been from New York City: Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy was one of the most remarkable men to ever inhabit the White House. He lived a life of manly adventure. He sailed the Amazon, safaried on the Serengeti, led his fellow roughriders on the cavalry charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War, and was a champion of the outdoors and America's wild spaces. It's hard to imagine that he grew up on 20th Street in Manhattan and was a sickly, asthmatic child who could barely go outside and play.
His early life and public exploits are celebrated here at the sight of his birth and childhood home in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Sadly, this site is one of the sad victims of New York's rampant development over the years. The actual house was torn down a century ago. But a rebuilt replica stands on the spot today and the National Park Service runs the museum. Stop by to see some amazing artifacts from Roosevelt's incredible life. My favorite artifact? The shirt with a hole where an assassin's bullet ripped through Teddy's chest. He survived the shot and continued with the speech he was set to give. How did he survive? You'll have to go the museum and find out!