Today we’re going to talk all about what a daily day in the city might be like for me. I often go with my mom and this story is no exception, so sit back and (hopefully) enjoy!
So picture this: your mom dragging you out of bed at 3am to make it to a 4:10 bus into the city right in the middle of your spring break. Yeah, not so pretty. But like totally worth it because you’re about to meet Michael Strahan and have your mug shown all over national television on Good Morning America, right? Actually, wrong. Michael is on vacation (this is literally the third time I’ve tried to see the man and he’s MIA. Again. Ugh.) and your seats are in the way back corner, but hey, you’re in New York and that’s all that matters.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the first time I’ve ventured to the Good Morning America set, and this is the first time I had a less than desirable experience. But it was still fun, and just the beginning of a jam packed day.
Looking for Michael Strahan like..
So after we collected our Thursday Deals and Steals freebies on the way out, we ventured right to the Times Square subway to head uptown.
Disclaimer: Okay so like, yeah I want to ham it up in New York one day and also yeah, I love the subway, but it totally makes me incredibly nervous too. I have this reoccurring dream that I’m going to end up on the complete opposite side of the city lost and confused, and of course my mom is just like “yeah I don’t really know what train we’re supposed be on so we’re hoping for the best.” And this is coming from a woman who plans out every detail to a T. Let’s just say: not very comforting, thanks mom.
But one crammed subway platform and twenty minutes later, we prevailed and ended up in Harlem happily on our way to see the Hamilton Grange (or as I like to call it, the Hamilton House). Fun fact, I love Hamilton. Just like basically everyone else in the world loves Hamilton probably, and I got to see it last July. Maybe more on that to come later but for now let’s just put it this way, I got to see One Direction in concert three times and not one tear was shed from my eyes, but when Aaron Burr stepped on stage for the opening number I was full on sobbing.
Anyyyywayyyys, the Hamilton House is pretty amazing. The gift shop is full of adorable Hamilton paraphernalia that’s hard to pass up which then leads into a public gallery type floor that houses lots of fun Hamilton facts (and will probably inspire you to belt out a few Hamilton lyrics). But the real fun is when you get to go upstairs and see what their entire first floor looks like, as well as finding out fun facts about when Lin tried to use the house to write some of Hamilton in. Knowing I stood in the room where it happened (aka the room Lin and the Hamilton’s stood in) was beyond cool to me. There were also some things inside the house that the Hamilton’s had actually owned, which was so fascinating to me. Cue internal monologue: “Like A. Ham totally had his hands all over those books. I want to touch them. Now.”
The gist of the story though? Make your way uptown to check out the house. It’s free and really awesome, and all of the staff working there were super awesome and nice so why the heck not check it out if you’re just looking for something to do in the city!
Okay so now after making our way back to the midtown area, my mom and I stopped to check out Levain’s Bakery. Two words: Life. Changing. For those that might not know, it’s a super cute bakery garnished with cobalt blue paint and gold lettering, and they make the BEST chocolate chip cookies. Like, ever (sorry Nanny). Since it was our first time, my mom and I played it safe with the Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies, and it was definitely a good decision. The cookies are so thick and chocolatey and soft all at once, just amazing. We trucked on over to Central Park and enjoyed them while people watching and getting our daily dose of Vitamin D in sun.
The infamous Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie. Just to die, amiright??
We finished up our day by meeting a friend of my mom’s at his practice and finally catching a bus home. It was kind of an unofficial interview for me because I’ll be working for him this summer in the city. I. can’t. wait. But of course, that’s another story for another day.
I hope you enjoyed the story of one of my days with my mom in the city! There’s lots more where that came from, so if you liked it, let me know! I hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday and if you aren’t, just watch Nick Viall on Dancing With the Stars tonight to get your daily dose of hunk happiness.
Lots of love, until next time!