For some reason this time of year gets us thinking beyond our borders. Beyond our region. Perhaps it’s because it’s beginning to look a lot like ’tis the season…the New York City season. This is true, no mater what is printed on the cups. Even if you are nowhere near the city, it seems everywhere you turn, NYC is in your face. Whether it’s a parade or a tree lighting or any Thanksgiving Christmas Holiday show ever, it’s probably set in NYC. This is how they get you. They lure you in with their festivities. So we’ll offer some of our favorite NYC things to do, see and enjoy whether you are headed in that direction now or later. Let’s go.
To Get Started, This Week You Will Need:
1. The Hamilton Soundtrack. Just trust us on this. Even if you aren’t that into theater (we get it), you will get going with this. Because it is epic. (Epic.) Brilliant even. It may take a listen or two, but you will get it and you will get into it, and you will get what we’re saying. Give it a chance, you won’t be disappointed. (Also, you might become obsessed. Or maybe that’s just me.)
Here’s the deal, Hamilton a rap/hip hop concept mixtape album turned Broadway musical about US Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Skeptical? Understandable. Here’s an overview.
I saw Hamilton in September (with only a medium interest in musicals), I bought the soundtrack the next day and I’ve been listening to it on loop ever since. I’m finally going to post a whole thing about it this week (Spoiler alert: It makes you feel like this.) but you should know more tickets just released today. So make a plan and go. Don’t throw away your shot, because you want to be in the room where it happens. And speaking of the room where it happens…
2. A Dining Table. Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? If so, you are thinking about space and family and lots of family in a space. We are reminded of this scene in You’ve Got Mail (NYC, again) where friends gather in small spaces to celebrate by singing about French horns. Or something. We are not sure why this is so ideal, but we are suckers for this stuff. On the other hand, if you aren’t hosting friends and family, you might be thinking about food, which might be something you think about on the regular. It is something we think about on the regular. We are already thinking about the mashed potatoes we’ll be eating as we are watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Which again reminds us of New York.
3. A Few Great Things To Do In NYC. Even if you are nowhere near the city, we are entering NYC season. It’s true, no mater what is printed on the cups. Whether it’s a parade or a tree lighting or any Christmas Holiday show ever, it’s probably set in NYC. This is how they get you. They lure you in with their festivities. So we’ll offer some of our favorite NYC things to do, see and enjoy whether you are headed in that direction now or later.
4. Stuff for the Kids. Stuff here and there. Stuff to keep them engaged. Stuff to keep them out of the pool hall. Stuff to keep them thankful. We’ll cover it all. And stay alert because ’tis the season for kids to be getting into stuff. There’s some debate about if they should get into Hamilton (and we’ll talk about that later in the week) but they will definitely like the soundtrack. Which brings us back to number one. And the loop continues. Because this week, it all about the Hamiltons, baby. Which will maybe get you one coffee in New York.
Okay so, save your pennies and get in a New York state of mind.