This will be my final post using this page as a blog. From here out this will become a news page to inform about my upcoming projects and developments.
I realized when doing my final paper that I had been doing these blog posts in an incorrect format and would like to share all of my 11 requirements in this posting. Sorry guys.
- Broadway Show: My first Broadway show here was Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. I saw this with my amazing friends David, Lauren and Lauren's father, the remarkable Bill Kent. We waited outside at 8am to get rush tickets when the box office opened at 10. It was such a fun first New York experience and an inspiring show. Since then I have seen many more Broadway shows. Here's a list: Waitress, Cats, School of Rock, Come From Away, The Price (twice), Significant Other (twice), Miss Saigon, Sweat, and Amelie.
- Off-Broadway Show: My first off-Broadway show was technically off-off-Broadway which was a very cool contrast after just seeing two Broadway shows in a row a few days before. The show was a Neil Labute Short Play Festival. It featured a new work by Labute as well as new pieces that he personally selected. My other off- and off-off-Broadway shows include: Yen, If I Forget, Ring Twice for Miranda, The Light Years, The Penitent, and Beardo.
- Concert: I went to a concert on one of my first days in the city. I saw the jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy at 1am on January 1st. I went with Sam Ray, Courtney Dahl, Alex Armesto and our good friend Ben Stine. It was such a fun experience! I love live music and this was music that I wasn't very familiar with but the energy in the venue was electric. I haven't seen any other concerts yet but I am looking forward to the next one that I get to see.
- Brooklyn Bridge: My walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is actually a kind of funny story. Living in Brooklyn, my train going into Manhattan crosses a bridge with an amazing view of the city, especially on the way back. So I always assumed that it was the Brooklyn Bridge because it was huge and had this amazing view and it went to Brooklyn. So when we had a nice day, I decided that I would get off the train a stop early and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It wasn't until I took a picture of the Downtown Skyline that I realized that the real Brooklyn Bridge was over there... in my picture and that I was in fact on the Manhattan Bridge which I had no idea was even a thing. So I have yet to actually cross the Brooklyn Bridge because it got freezing outside again until recently and because it is surprisingly difficult to get around Brooklyn once you're in Brooklyn. It's much easier to start in Manhattan.
- Museum: I recently visited the Ukrainian museum for the Pysanka Easter Egg Exhibit. The eggs aren't just your everyday-dunk-in-vinegar-coloring Easter eggs; they are works of art, painted by very talented artists to be displayed here. They designs are intricate and make you wonder how they did it. There were nearly 300 eggs and each one was incredibly unique. It was a wonderful experience suggested to me by Bill who is our resident Wednesday night chef at the rectory.
- Central Park: I have been to Central Park a few times at this point. I went once when it was frigid but that trip wasn't very fun and didn't last very long. When I'm in Manhattan on nice days I try to go and see a new part. Some of my favorite places were seeing my friend Sam Ray play softball at the Northern Fields, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and the fields near 100 St (even though we got kicked off because they weren't in season). I can't wait to spend more time exploring the park and finding it's gems.
- Food I've never eaten: I try to be an adventurous eater because I love food and I enjoy expanding my palate. Although, as a vegetarian, it is much harder to find a wide selection without going to a specifically vegetarian place. One thing that I tried for the first time here in New York that I now love and didn't even know existed before is chilaquiles. It's a traditional Mexican dish where corn tortillas are fried and then soaked in salsa until softened, top it with an egg and some veggies and there it is. It is so great and almost always vegetarian. Since the first time I tried it in early January, I get it almost every time I see it on a menu.
- Write from somewhere alone: I am currently writing from a bench in Prospect Park, a large park in Brooklyn only a few stops away from where I live. There are botanical gardens to the North and even a zoo! It's a great place to come and explore just a little ways away from me.
- Choice Event with Classmates: I spend so much time with my classmates in the city. Some of my favorite times are just spending time in their apartments or walking around Washington Heights. As far as events go though my favorite was getting to see the Short Play Festivals that Steven wrote, Evan directed and Lauren and Natalie performed in. It was so amazing to see their work on stage here in New York. It just makes me excited for seeing more and more of my friends in their debuts and onward.
- Event with Alumni: I have gotten to meet so many alumni since being here. All of their stories are so interesting and the community is so strong. One of my favorite experiences with alumni was going to see a drag show downtown with Evan Zimmerman and Kyle McIntire. I couldn't tell you the name of the venue or the queens that performed but we had such a great time and all became good friends from that night.
- Event for me: I love my alone time in the city. It lets me explore with no reigns and have more opportunity to take things in. My choice event was the day I went to the 9/11 Memorial. I had never been there and I found myself in Manhattan with a few hours free. I decided to go to the memorial on a whim and it was breathtaking. Being young at the time of the attacks it took a long time for me to understand the magnitude of what had happened that day and I don't think I'll ever understand how it felt to be anywhere in the city at that time. Seeing the enormous 1 World Trade Center and the beautiful, simple and powerful fountains next to it where the original buildings once stood put things even more into prospective. I walked the streets surrounding the landmarks and tried to imagine them filled with dust, chaos and fear like they would have been that day and for many days after. Soon I plan on visiting the museum which I hear is very powerful and beautiful as well.