Greetings from the tail end of another whirlwind New York trip!! Rachael and I headed to NY last weekend because we had gotten tickets to Spring Awakening. We also ended up buying tickets to see Hamilton at the last minute! So we spent two and half days running around the Big Apple.
We ventured through Central Park which has been one of my favorite things to do the last couple of times we've been there. It's so pretty during the fall with all of the leaves changing colors.
We went up to the Top of the Rock observation deck on Sunday with my friend Liz which I had never done before. I really enjoyed it, the view of the Empire State building is gorgeous! Well worth the 30 something bucks we paid. And it wasn't too terribly crowded for the most part. One day I really want to eat in the Rainbow Room, though!
Friday night we saw Hamilton!! I had been hearing over and over how amazing this show was but i hadn't listened to any of the music because I had read it was better to see the show before listening to the music. Ugh, I loved this show so much. It is the best Broadway musical I've ever seen! This show is life changing in a way I'm still not entirely sure of. The entire cast is so mega talented and the music is beyond gorgeous. If you get the opportunity to see Hamilton, you MUST GO!
We saw Spring Awakening Saturday night and it was really neat. This was Deaf West Theatre's production, so everyone in the cast signed the whole show, in addition to the hearing cast members singing. The show had some really unique staging that I loved.
We didn't do a ton of eating out because for some reason we just weren't hungry very much. Friday night we ate at Shake Shack after Hamilton (a couple of the Hamilton cast members were in line behind us!). Saturday morning we grabbed a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel in Midtown East which was pretty good other than the insane amounts of cream cheese on my bagel. Saturday afternoon we ate a slice of pizza at a place on the LES near the Tenement Museum (Rosario's Pizza, mmm). Saturday night we ate a hodge-podge of random food from Duane Reade because we were too tired to go out to eat.
Sunday morning we grabbed bagels at Murray's Bagels near Union Square. Then we ate dinner at a place in Midtown West called Bourbon Street. It's got southern soul/cajun inspired food. And that was pretty much eat! Usually eating out is my favorite part of a trip but we really just weren't that hungry this trip for whatever reason.
We also went to the Tenement Museum on the LES, which was phenomenal (somehow I didn't take any photos of anything there). I had read about this museum before I went to NY last year but I didn't have time to do it, so we made sure to get tickets for this trip. We did the Sweatshop LIfe tour and it was so interesting to be able to go back in time through a real tenement building that has been restored in different areas to different time periods in that building, telling the stories of real families that lived there. This museums well worth it if you are interested in history or living condition in NY at the turn of the century. Their gift shop is killer too!
We made a split second decision on Saturday to go up to Harlem to visit Alexander Hamilton's house after seeing Hamilton, so that was fun too. We didn't get to go on a tour, but we got to look around the first floor of the house and the exhibits in the basement. Rachael joked that she kept getting confused by all the portraits of a white guy as Hamilton.