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The office of the President of the United States is frequently associated with Washington, D.C., but the nation’s first capital was New York City. The first president, George Washington, took the oath of office at Federal Hall, which served as the first City Hall in what is now the Financial District. This building was demolished in 1812, shortly after the Residence Act established Washington, D.C. as the nation’s capital, but the current Federal Hall stands on the site as a national memorial. It is a model of Greek Revival architecture and a commemoration of the events that occurred at the previous structure.

Centuries later, New York has not lost its affection for presidential history. Several buildings, streets, and even full neighborhoods have been named in honor of past presidents. In anticipation of the Presidents’ Day federal holiday on Monday, February 20, we look at listings that will appeal to history buffs as well as savvy buyers.

Building completed in 1930

199 Units | 13 Floors

4 available listings from $629,000

Washington Heights got its name from before George Washington was president, indeed before the United States was even a country. The general's eponymous fort was built at the highest point of Manhattan, so as to protect it during the Revolutionary War.

790-Riverside-Drive-02 The Riviera, #1J (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the listing: Circa 1910, with perfectly restored original details throughout, this spectacular designer home exudes warmth and texture throughout. Enter through a formal gallery to the grandeur of double-wide living room with original French doors leading to the formal dining room, ideally suited for entertaining. A windowed Chef’s kitchen with full complement of top-of-the-line appliances, separate pantry and washer/dryer offer a space to cook and entertain with abundant storage throughout. A separate bedroom wing offers two large and light-filled bedrooms overlooking the Academy of Arts and Letters; lovely, quiet setting. A recently renovated, windowed bath features a deep soaking tub/shower and porcelain subway tiles. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1963

414 Units | 21 Floors

6 available listings from $475,000

President from 1797-1801, John Adams was the first president to have signed the Declaration of Independence. Over 150 years later, a postwar co-op in Greenwich Village was named in his honor.

101-West-12th-Street-01 The John Adams, #2J (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the listing: Bright and spacious corner two-bedroom, two-bathroom cooperative home with treetop views, low monthlies, and situated in the heart of Greenwich Village. The side-by-side living and dining area spans over 33 feet long and flows graciously off the foyer and open chef’s kitchen. The kitchen is in excellent condition with ample counter and cabinetry space and solid hardwood cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances include a Liebherr refrigerator, a Thermador oven with an overhead Maytag microwave, and an LG dishwasher. The split-bedroom layout is ideal for privacy and each bedroom has an on-suite bathroom and floor-to-ceiling walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 2013

82 Units | 8 Floors

1 available listing for $995,000

Before commencing his terms as president from 1801 to 1809, Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. A statue of Jefferson was removed from City Hall, but an East Village condominium still bears his name.

211-East-13th-Street-01 The Jefferson, #1D (Nest Seekers LLC)
From the listing: Welcome to Residence #1D at The Jefferson, a rare south-facing studio featuring high ceilings, oversized windows and abundant natural light. This uniquely quiet apartment boasts contemporary designer touches throughout, including Asko washer/dryer, Somfy electronic blinds, double pane windows, oak flooring and central air conditioning. The open chef’s kitchen with Corian countertop, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf gas range, Eggersman oak cabinetry and Bosch dishwasher allow for an exceptional cooking and entertaining experience.See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 2019

10 Units | 4 Floors

No current availabilities

Before becoming the United States’ first president from New York, Martin van Buren was an accomplished politician at all state levels. A street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn has been named in his honor. It is lined with timeless rowhouses, but the boutique condo building boom has made its way here.

Building completed in 1900; converted in 2014

12 Units | 7 Floors

1 available listing for $5,500,000

William Henry Harrison served the shortest tenure as president in American history, but his name lives on in a narrow Tribeca street. Ephemeral New York notes that this stretch has gone from residential to commercial to residential again over the decades.

7-Harrison-Street-01 Seven Harrison, #4S (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the listing: From your private, keyed-elevator entrance, Residence #4S sets the stage with a vast formal entry gallery, a rare sight in Tribeca and one of the defining features for every home at Seven Harrison. Custom artisan plaster walls finished in lush indigo are lined with oversized doors which give way to two bedroom wings, a separate laundry room with linen storage & deep basin sink, and an ultra-deep coat closet. At the end of the gallery one’s eye is easily drawn though a grand entrance to the Great Room where a south-facing Juliet balcony provides a sneak peek of what’s to come. Spanning over 30 feet long and punctuated by 10 foot ceilings and custom cornice molding, the Great Room boasts both south and east exposures, capturing sunlight throughout the day. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1903; converted in 1986

237 Units | 12 Floors

4 available listings from $349,000

Abraham Lincoln was the first United States president to be photographed at his inauguration, and his name lives on in New York. It cannot be confirmed whether the Lincoln Center performing arts center, and the Lincoln Square neighborhood that preceded it, was named after him.

140-West-69th-Street-01 Lincoln Spencer Arms, #PH11 (Compass)
From the listing: Stylishly renovated with beautiful finishes, this 1-bedroom duplex close to Lincoln Center offers sweeping views of the Upper West Side from a large terrace off the living room. The open-plan first floor features a spacious living-and-dining room that flows seamlessly into the windowed kitchen with granite countertops and appliances by Miele and Gaggenau. Elegant antique French herringbone floors run throughout the space, which is complete with a windowed full bathroom, one of two in the apartment, and laundry by Miele. A wall of sliding doors leads onto the spacious terrace with open views to the west, south, and north. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1924

96 Units | 6 Floors

No current availabilities

Before becoming president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson’s academic and political careers largely took place in New Jersey. However, that did not prevent a full-service Art Deco building in Crown Heights from being named in his honor.
299-Eastern-Parkway-02 The Woodrow Wilson via Compass

Building completed in 1975

400 Units | 19 Floors

1 availability for $715,653

The Roosevelt family was one of New York's most prominent and prestigious throughout the Gilded Age. The Gramercy birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt is a National Historical Site, and an island in the East River, once used mainly for hospitals, was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1973. More recently, the island has seen increased residential development and the FDR Four Freedoms State Park opened in 2012.

575-Main-Street-01 The Island House, #502 (Keller Williams NYC)
From the listing: This is a rare opportunity to purchase an affordable unit at The Island House Complex. This large two-bedroom apartment offers a large living / dining room space, a king-sized primary bedroom and a queen sized second bedroom. The six deep closets throughout the apartment provide a wealth of storage space. The galley pass-through kitchen is ready to be updated and the west and north facing exposures provide skyline and river views. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1905, converted in 1988

36 Units | 6 Floors

No current availabilities

Barack Obama Morningside Heights By Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - P120612PS-0463 (direct link) (Official White House page - direct link), Public Domain,
In 2019, activists petitioned to change the name of the strip of Fifth Avenue at 57th Street to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. This did not come to pass, but Obama nevertheless has a connection to New York City: After he graduated from Columbia University, he moved to a fourth-floor walk-up in Morningside Heights. More recently, that apartment has sold for $1,295,000.

Building completed in 1999

377 Units | 46 Floors

4 available listings from $1,800,000

Many buildings, streets, and neighborhoods were named after presidents long after their terms ended. However, the reverse happened for developer-turned-president Donald Trump: Over the course of his presidency, his branded New York City buildings became the site of protests against his most unpopular policies. This resulted in their prices and value taking a hit to a point where some boards have voted to remove the name from the facade altogether. As such, he has the ignominious distinction of being the first president to have his name removed from self-built properties while he was in office.

200-Riverside-Boulevard-01 200 Riverside Boulevard, #35A (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing: With a little love, this 35th floor gem can sparkle in the sky. Experience breathtaking views from every window, all year long. Bright sunshine streams in to each of your 6’ double paned sliding windows. Wake up to Central Park and Empire State Building views, and toast in your dining room as the boats go by on the Hudson River. The large enclosed kitchen features a breakfast bar with white cabinetry and appliances. Your expansive living and dining areas can accommodate large gatherings and holidays with friends. Off a private hall are your living quarters: a nearly 400-square-foot primary suite with ensuite bath, second bedroom with primary bath, and a third guest bedroom or den with access to the guest / hallway bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1929, converted in 1960

84 Units | 15 Floors

No current availabilities

262-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The White House via Douglas Elliman
Approximately 230 miles north of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House offers a commanding presence and majestic views of Central Park on the Upper West Side. However, it does not appear to be named after “the Residence.” Architecture critic Carter Horsley reports that it was sold to Whitehouse Realty Associates in 1950.

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