While the Barack Obama Foundation considers the president's birth state of Hawaii and political base Chicago top contenders, Columbia University would also like to house its alumnus' presidential library on its new 17-acre Manhattanville campus in West Harlem. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
New York is one of 13 bidders to apply as potential hosts for Barack Obama's presidential library, the foundation overseeing the project said on Tuesday.
A Columbia graduate, Obama was also in town on Tuesday for three unrelated fundraisers, including the DNC's LGBT Leadership Council’s dinner, a super PAC fundraiser and dinner at Vogue editor Anna Wintour's home.
"We appreciate the time, effort, and planning that have gone into the 13 responses we’ve received," foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt said in a statement.
"These ideas will ultimately help us build a library that reflects President Obama’s priorities and values throughout his life and career, and makes our whole nation proud," Nesbit added.
The foundation it won't reveal the 13 potential sites and that it would release a short list of possible partners later this summer, with a final decision expected in early 2015.