Casualties of the shutdown

By Douglas Feiden

At least four former presidents historically and inextricably linked to New York have been officially dissed.

The culprit: The record-shattering federal government shutdown that’s largely the handiwork of the current president.

“Grant’s Tomb is closed!” lamented City Council Member Mark Levine. “And the trash has been overflowing.”

West Siders don’t typically enter the mausoleum at 122nd Street to visit the sarcophagus where the 18th president and his wife are entombed.

But General Ulysses S. Grant’s permanent perch on Riverside Drive has been a worldwide magnet for tourists since it was dedicated in 1897.

Or at least it was. Then last month the National Park Service was forced to shutter the site due to the abrupt cutoff in federal funding.

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