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“One of my new favorite places in New York”

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #149 of 1,122 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in Manhattan. It is a national historic site managed by the National Park Service. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Right off the bat, this place is not original. The original was knocked down (hey, it's New York), but this rebuild was done very shortly afterwards, headed up by Teddy's sister, who had been born in the original house, so it's extremely authentic.

Next - the price is right - FREE! What else can you get for free in New York City?

Third, Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing human being, and the displays in the house help to show this. The park ranger leading the tour was extremely knowledgeable and interesting, making the tour fly by in what seemed like no time at all. Few things in life are better than an interesting National Park Ranger, and this guy had it.

On the day I went (a Saturday afternoon in May), I was the second person to sign up for the tour, only about ten minutes before it began. I'm not sure if the tours fill up faster than that at other times.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

This will not wow anyone but the presidential history people but it was and interesting hour. The park service was informative and well versed in all facts and figures related to the home. Thx ranger Dan.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

You can spend a very pleasant one day in New York's Flatiron District, roughly 14th to 29th Streets between Park and Fifth Avenues. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site located at 28 E. 20th Street at Park Avenue is well worth your time and energy. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. Tours of the house guided by Federal Rangers lasting for about 40 minutes every hour from 10:00 to 4:00, but not at 12:00 noon. A 24-minute video is shown about President Roosevelt's boyhood is highly recommended before taking the tour. For more information see www.nps.gov/thrb/planyourvisit/index.htm. Just a short stroll away is the Eataly at 200 Fifth Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets. It is a spectacular Italian culinary heaven. If weather permit, you can take your food to Madison Square Park across the street. In the park is Shake Shack if your prefer the all American hamburger. The famous Flatiron building is at intersection of 22nd and 23rd Streets on Fifth Avenue. A few other famous architecture landmarks are nearby. Along Fifth and Sixth Avenues in this district, you will see stores and other places for eating and drinking. One unusual store is Fishs Eddy offering china, glassware from overstocked corporations, factories and out-of-business restaurants. You get a little bit of everything in the Flatiron District, NYC and US history, culinary experience, and shopping.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Although TR's boyhood home (he lived here for the first almost fifteen years of his life) was demolished, I still gave this historical site a five-star rating. I did this because the house, though not authentic, was meticulously rebuilt according to the recollections of his sister. The informative National Park Service Staff also added to my five-star rating decision, as they were all very knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful. You don't have to be a history major, or an armchair historian to appreciate the great job the National Park Service has done in bringing to life the early years of one of America's most consequential presidencies.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This is not a well known National Historic Site, and it's a real find - free tour of the re-built brownstone house as when the Roosevelt family lived in (through the 1870's), family furniture, & museum with displays (though currently many empty cases due to renovation). Make sure to go .5 hr before the tour (on the hr at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3, & 4PM) so you can watch a 25-minute film of TR's childhood and browse the displays. We took the 5/10/14 4PM tour, and the Ranger guide was most concerned about finishing the tour in time so it generally felt rushed. The Ranger also spent most of the tour interacting with 2 youngsters, granted that was very educational but it did detract or diminish from information content that could have been provided. I was bothered that the guide never explained it's actually not the original house at all, but rebuilt (after tearing down the commercial building that the original brownstone unit became). Still recommend this site as very worthwhile & interesting to visit.

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