The Greatest City In The World

The “Hamilton” quote was completely intentional.

My most recent trip to NYC was incredible. I got to experience the city in all it’s hot-as-hell glory, and finally spend some one-on-one time with my dad. Something that would have been unthinkable 10 months ago.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty details of my (ex) step-mom, but just know that my insecurities can be traced back to her. For 16 years I never had an honest conversation with my father or told him how I felt. In November he told me about his decision to separate and I immediately felt a relief wash over me. I realized that I would finally be able to have a healthy relationship with my dad.

But enough of the sad stuff.

Back to my Summer in the City Adventure of 2k16:

We road the train into Penn Station, wandered the city aimlessly for hours, SAW LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA IN HAMILTON, took the TCM Classic Film Tour (where we were undoubtedly the youngest in attendance) and ate some amazing food. I felt a deep connection to NYC, with it’s infinite hustle and bustle, diverse culture and the promise of something new and exciting. I kept telling my dad that I would be a New Yorker one day. Stay tuned on that one.

The whole reason for this whirlwind, 3 day trip to the Empire State was for the hugely anticipated HAMILTON!!!!

There really aren’t any words to describe the performance. I laughed. I cried. I sang. It gave me chills and it’s something I will never forget. When I first heard the words and melodies of Lin’s brainchild, I was hooked. I listened to it “Non-Stop”. After the show gained national attention and it seemed like no one short of Obama would ever get tickets, I thought my dream of seeing it on Broadway would never come true. But the luck of the Veal prevailed and after purchasing our tickets for a hefty $$$$, we were able to witness the genius first hand. If I didn’t have to sell my kidney for a ticket to see it again, I would be there every day. Even though parts of the OG HamFam have moved on from the performance, the roles and casting are so iconic that it wouldn’t matter who was playing Alexander Hamilton or John Laurens or the Schuyler Sisters, it would still possess the same magic and heart as opening day.

10/10 would recommend.

I am now even more obsessed with Broadway and want to see every possible show out there. If you want to know what I jam to in my Jetta when I’m in my musical mood, here’s my Broadway Baby playlist.

Post-Hamilton, we didn’t have any concrete plans and honestly, that was my favorite part.  We just enjoyed spending time with each other. We saw the views from the Empire State Building and learned how to Uber. We walked through parts of Central Park and all along the Upper East Side. We talked about his future, my future, college, life and our next plans for travel. I introduced him to avocado toast and he taught me about the ease of ordering black coffee in a crowded coffee shop. I think we both fell in love with the city because just as Bogie and Ingrid “always had Paris” in the classic “Casablanca”, my dad and I would have New York City. In a non romantic way obviously. It was the first time we got to have fun, just the two of us, and it would act as the first stepping stone into our new lives, sans step-mother.

It truly is “the greatest city in the world” and “the concrete jungle where dreams are made of”.

And yes, I’m already planning my next trip.

– m


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