As Washington, D.C. attempts to rein in the crowds on this Inauguration Day, New Yorkers can be thankful someone else is dealing with the traffic snarls for a change. We’re guessing, though, that if Donald Trump had any say on the matter, New York City would be hosting the inauguration as it did for the nation’s first president in 1789.
With presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, many have been wondering where the candidate has been living. So far, her team has kept it under wraps, but we do know that she and Bill were renting a $100,000/month Hamptons mansion in August, and that they own a home in Chappaqua, upstate. If she does make it to the White House, she won’t be the first U.S. president to fancy living in the Big Apple. In fact, our nation’s very first president lived in the inaugural presidential mansion on Cherry Street during NYC’s two-year reign as the country’s capital. In honor of Presidents Day, we’ve taken a look at this original New York presidential residence, as well as those that followed.
Before there was the wild presidential run of Donald Trump, there was another absurd (albeit much more endearing) campaign by an East Village hippy looking for political greatness. A fun and fascinating recollection by Ephemeral NY tells the tale of Louis Albolafia, a 27-year-old abstract expressionist artist, nudist, and the first person to establish a runaway shelter and hotline in New York, who ran on the “Love” party ticket. Though Albolafia was obviously not the term winner (that title goes to Richard Nixon), he did get a considerable number of write-ins during the race.