I was lucky enough to have the chance to spend a few days in New York City before I left on my trip to Israel last month. Spent four days trying to blend in as an actual New Yorker and completely failed due to my intense love for NYC.
My first day in New York was pretty laid back, strolled the High Line and walked around the city.
Of course I, along with everyone else in New York City, entered the lottery to see Hamilton and came up empty. Couldn’t help but walk by the theatre anyways and daydream about someday being in “the room where it happens.” I still wanted to see a show while I was there, so I walked across the street to the Lunt-Fontane Theatre to see Finding Neverland.
My Hamilton obsession continued on my way to the American Museum of Natural History as I cut through Central Park to see his statue.
Spent a couple of hours at the American Museum of Natural History, got to hang out with some dinosaurs and then go nerd out about my love for Anthropology in the rest of the museum.
We walked back through the park after the museum to pay respects to Mr. John Lennon and to see another tiny fraction of Central Park.
For my third day in New York, I was on my own for most of the day so I continued to indulge my obsession with Alexander Hamilton by paying a visit to his grave at Trinity Church. Hamilton’s incredible wife, Eliza Schuyler, is also buried there along with her sister, Angelica Schuyler Church, and another star of the hit Broadway show, Hercules Mulligan.
Trinity Church is just a few blocks away from One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial so I made my way there next. I didn’t have a lot of time so I wasn’t able to go into the museum like I had hoped to on this trip, the last time I was in New York the museum was still under construction, but it’s on the top of my list for next time.
After that, I headed uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Being an Anthropology major who had just wrapped up a semester of Egyptology the week before, the Egypt exhibit at the Met was probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
My last day in New York was more of me wandering the city. We only had a half day because we had tickets to see a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that afternoon which was the perfect way to spend my last night in the city.