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JFK's Ties To New York Started In The Bronx

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President John F. Kennedy called several cities home throughout his life including New York, where he spent several of his childhood years overlooking the Hudson River from his Bronx home. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.

Did you know that John Kennedy lived in The Bronx? His family moved to Riverdale when JFK was 10 and stayed till he was 12. He made mention of his connection to the borough when he appeared in the Bronx during the 1960 presidential campaign.

By that point, New York's place as a city of big money and media and power was already well established. Same for John Kennedy's political ambitions. So a connection between the future president and New York was a natural. In fact, Kennedy had an apartment at the Carlyle Hotel before and during his presidency when it became known as the New York White House.

These days, the idea of a ticker tape parade for a candidate would almost be out of the question. But that's exactly what happened in October 1960, weeks before the election as New York, then and now an overwhelmingly Democratic town, embraced John Kennedy.

A year later, the atmosphere was much more subdued. President Kennedy addressed the United Nations, arguing for a general and complete nuclear disarmament.

"Together we shall save our planet, or together we shall perish in its flames. Save it we can. and save it we must. And then shall we earn the eternal thanks of mankind and as peacemakers, the eternal blessing of God," Kennedy once said.

In the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination, the family would call New York City home.

In 1964, his brother Bobby Kennedy was elected U.S. Senator in New York.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline and John Junior not only lived in the city, but worked here, and became an influential part of the fabric of New York.

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