Saturday, December 17, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2161


New York City (JFK+50) President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt and President-elect Donald J. Trump have in common the fact that their transition bases are within 12 blocks of each other here in Manhattan.

Today FDR's transition base at 47-49 East 65th Street is occupied by Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute*.  According to a story in the New York Times written by Jim Dwyer, the director of the Roosevelt House, Harold Holzer, calls the double-width townhouse "the Trump Tower of 1932-33."

FDR was seated in front of the fireplace of the East 65th Street Apartment on November 9, 1932 when he addressed the nation on radio as President-elect of the United States.  Little did his audience know, he would be their POTUS for the next 12 years.

Just as a number of potential cabinet appointees have gone up the elevators of Trump Tower in the past few weeks, FDR's prospects climbed up the stairs of FDR's townhouse.

One of those prospects became the first woman to hold a cabinet position.  She was Frances Perkins.  Ms. Perkins described her visit by recalling...

"The house was strangely disorderly (as) it had become a general camping place for reporters, politicians, policemen (and) detectives..."

FDR would not use the townhouse as POTUS.  After his mother's death in 1941, the property was sold to Hunter College.  It is highly doubtful that the current President-elect will sell Trump Tower.

*The Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th Street in Manhattan is a Neo-Georgian apartment designed by Charles A. Platt.  The Roosevelts, including FDR, Eleanor, children Anna & James, moved into Apt. 47 while FDR's mother, Sara, resided in Apt. 49 in December 1908.  The house was sold to Hunter College in 1942, became a NYC landmark in 1973 & on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


"Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College,"

"That Other President-Elect's Manhattan Transition Base," by Jim Dwyer, The New York Times, December 16, 2016.