In Riverside Park, in the Morningside Heights (Upper Manhattan), you find Grant’s Tomb, more formally known as General Grant National Memorial. This is the final resting place of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and his wife. President Grant has often come under criticism for protecting corrupt associates, and in his second term he led the nation into a severe depression. Grant was a republican, elected President twice (1869-77), and worked to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African-American citizenship, prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan, and enforced civil and voting rights.
Before his Presidency, Grant was Commanding General of the United States Army (1864-69), where he worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln and led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War.
At age 63, Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer (July 23, 1885), but his remains were not transferred into a sarcophagus inside the mausoleum until 1897.
From his final resting place, Ulysses S. Grant had a clear view of “the Miracle on the Hudson”, when the US Airways Flight 1549 made an unpowered emergency water landing in the Hudson river on Jan 15, 2009. The plane had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, headed for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, when it struck a flock of Canada geese during it’s initial climb. The bird strike caused both jet engines to lose power, and the plane could not reach the closest airfield.
All 155 passengers and crew aboard successfully evacuated while the plane was floating on the water, some injured, but against the odds – no fatalities. See the below YouTube-link below, and listen to how calm the pilot is. A true Hero.
There are also to gorgeous churches to visit at Morningside Heights, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and Riverside church being right across the street from Grant’s Tomb, if you are into that sort of thing: