Grant’s Tomb Reopens on Weekends; Talk Will Explain Why It’s on the UWS Anyway

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The first thing people probably think about Grant’s Tomb is that famous joke about who is buried in it. But there’s another question that a historian will answer next week — why is the tomb on the West Side of Manhattan?

Historian Louis L. Picone will give a free Zoom talk hosted by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group on Wednesday Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. about Grant and the national monument at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive where he was buried. Picone is the author of Grant’s Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of An American Pantheon. Learn more here.

The Tomb reopened for weekend visits earlier this month, with up to 10 people allowed in at a time as long as they wear masks. The hours are 10-12 and 1-4. See more info on the monument here.

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    1. Skip says:

      The old joke (“Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”) is actually a trick question. Fact is, no one is “buried” there, as the bodies are in above ground in sarcophaguses. And the tomb contains TWO bodies: Mr. and Mrs. Grant.

    2. Bill Williams says:

      When is it being moved to North Dakota?

    3. Wow, I didn’t even know it was open to the public, and I’m an admirer of the good General… AND I used to live right across the street from his tomb as well… so Dang!

      I’ll have to look into this further, maybe take a hike up there to check this out further…


      By the way, where’s Thelonious Monk’s tomb?

    4. Warren Smith says:

      Can someone in CA participate. Was there last week but couldn’t participate. Learned recently I am a descendent and was looking to see the monument and will make sure to visit next time in NY

    5. Barnaby says:

      So what was the connection to the Upper West Side?