The housing projects named after presidents

With Presidents’ Day coming up, it’s a good time to look at how New York City honors Washington, Lincoln, and other past executives in chief.

There’s the usual way to memorialize these guys: by naming bridges, tunnels, and high schools in their honor.

But interestingly, the city also named two big housing developments after them.

The George Washington Houses—14 high-rise buildings between 97th and 104th Streets on the East Side—were built in 1957, smack in the middle of a great wave of public housing construction in major U.S. cities following World War II.

The Lincoln Houses, opened in 1948, are also made up of 14 high rises. They’re located in the East 130s between Fifth and Park Avenue.

They’re not the only examples of projects with a presidential last name: 8 developments in the city have presidential monikers.

The Grant houses are on the West Side off 125th Street; the Jefferson houses in East Harlem. The Bronx has projects named after John Adams, Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, and William McKinley.

I kind of understand McKinley—after all, he was the victim of an assassin’s bullet here in New York State. But Andrew Jackson? 

Brooklyn has the Roosevelt houses, but these are named after first lady Eleanor, not Franklin or Teddy.

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