So I’m not sure how to write this without it being an over-excited mess and using the same five adjectives over and over and over again, but I’m going to try!
As I mentioned in my 2018 Travel Goals post, Libby and I took to the skies and headed to NYC over Easter weekend. The main purposed of the trip was to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child on Broadway, but we did SO much more! Here’s a sweet little run down of what we got up to on Day 1.
Day 1 – Culture, Oysters, Puffs & Stand-Up
After landing at LGA we headed right to our hotel in Chinatown to check in, but our room wasn’t ready so we dropped our bags and headed to the closest milkbar for coffee and bread bombs and then out to the Brooklyn Museum to get our culture on. We really wanted to see The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago but when we got to the museum, we found out that it was only open on weekends due to the new installation of Radical Women: Latin American Art in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art which opens on April 14th. We made tentative plans to come back on the weekend and wandered the museum for the next couple of hours. After taking in our fill of Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt, the Arts of Korea, and Ahmed Mater, we made our way over to Circa Brewing Co. for wood fired pizza and local craft beer. We each got a flight of beer, and shared a delicious pizza. I don’t know what it is about flights of beer, but they made us both feel way more drunk than if we had consumed two full beers. In an effort to make this post an easier read, I’ll review the beers in a later post. We headed back to the hotel afterwards to finally get into our room and were so impressed with how gorgeous it was.
Once we freshened up and donned our appropriate Hogwarts house sweaters, we headed out (in the rain) for happy hour oysters at Mermaid Inn, Puffs the Play at New World Stages, and stand-up at Comedy Cellar. Puffs the Play (or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic) was SO funny. All of the actors were amazing, the set was cool, and everyone was laughing. I definitely cried. It was incredible to see the usual story from a different, and hilarious, angle. Libby and I both walked out of the theatre so impressed and wondering how The Cursed Child was going to compete with that.
This next part, you’re just going to have to believe me on. We went straight from New World Stages to Comedy Cellar where we tried our hand at the standby line for the 11:30PM show. IT WORKED. We were 7th on the list and got a table at the back of the bar. Aside from the fact that we were seated across from the most annoying and loud couple in the universe, it was AMAZING. The highlight of my night was seeing both Gina Yashere and Hasan Minhaj. Aside from seeing Hasan on The Daily Show, I had listened to him on 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys. 2 Dope Queens is also how I had heard of Gina, and it was so lovely to witness her magic in person. I didn’t get a chance to take a snap of the lineup ahead of the show starting (and I was too scared of getting kicked out to check on my phone during), but from memory the full line up was Ardie Fuqua as the MC, Gina Yashere, Allan Harvey, Greer Barnes, Hasan Minaj, Dov Davidoff, and Ricky Velez. The most annoying couple in the world was sitting across from us, but other than that it was an amazing show.
That’s the end of Day 1! I’ll update with Day 2 tomorrow.
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