Take A Socially Distant Tour of Hamilton’s New York
With everyone largely still stuck inside, there’s no better time to introduce the world to the magic of Hamilton via the streaming platform Disney+. Live theater is incomparable, but the thought of being able to watch arguably the most influential show of our generation whenever we want is a true game-changer.
So as we count down the days until our own homes become the room(s) where it happens — and a whole new audience gets to witness the revolution — we can’t help but think about how exciting, intriguing, and impactful it was that very first time we saw (or listened to or read about) the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. And since we can’t completely explore the greatest city in the world to learn more about our founding fathers right now, we’ve put together a virtual tour of some of the most iconic Hamilton-adjacent locations in NYC, including ones you can add to your socially distant daily walks through the city. Take a tour and make sure to use the hashtag #TodayTixHamiltour.
Look around, look around!
Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall
1130 Amsterdam Ave
Columbia University, formerly King’s College, is the place where Alexander Hamilton completed his formal education. A statue of the young, scrappy, and hungry founding father is in front of a building on campus that bears his name, and socially distant visitation to the bust of A. Ham is completely encouraged.
Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace
This building was used as a home base for George Washington and all of his right hand men during the Revolution. Even though the mansion is currently closed, you can read a bit about the property from outside. Directly behind the gates is Sylvan Terrace, a small historic neighborhood (originally the carriage path to the Morris-Jumel Mansion) with neat row houses dating back to 1882! And, you can check out Aaron Mahnke’s podcast LORE (episode 145: Invention) for more on Eliza Jumel, her marriage to Aaron Burr, and the haunting of the mansion.
W. 141st Street and Hamilton Terrace
It’s quiet uptown, and if you’d like to find out just how quiet, take a visit to this spot where Hamilton and his family lived in the later part of his life. The museum is temporarily closed to visitors, but you can take a stroll by and ponder grace, forgiveness, and all the other things that make you sob when you even think about that song.
Spot where Hamilton died
82 Jane Street
After Hamilton and Burr’s infamous duel (spoiler alert), Hamilton was taken from Weehawken back to Manhattan by boat. When they returned back to the island, his friends and colleagues were there to receive him. He was taken to William Bayard’s house, where he died hours later. In Ron Chernow’s book, which was used as a resource for the musical, he tells us “a large bloodstain soaked into the Bayard’s floor where Hamilton expired, and for many years the family refused to expunge this sacred spot.”
770 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10032
If you’re a super-theater-kid (like us), you already know about this one, and the heart-wrenching line in the show’s finale that succinctly explains its importance: “I rely on Angelica. While she’s alive, we tell your story. She is buried in Trinity Church near you.” The historic church, where five of the Hamilton’s children were baptized, is located on Wall Street, and hosts educational tours during non-quarantine-times, ones we assume it’s totally normal and chill to cry during.
54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
This museum and fully operational tavern is the spot where obedient servants A. Ham and A. Burr shared a meal just one week before the fateful duel that would eventually take Hamilton’s life. These days, you can swing by and see the historic tavern from the outside, but after quarantine, you can have dinner here before heading to the next location…just like America’s most famous frenemies did.
Weehawken Dueling Grounds
773 Boulevard E, Weehawken, NJ 07086
The duel that turned the world upside down took place on July 11, 1804 between Hamilton and Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey (because, as we all know, everything is legal in New Jersey), and the memorial that stands today to commemorate the event is the perfect socially distant historical site to visit. The park on the waterfront features a bronze statue to honor Hamilton, plaques that outline the day’s events, and a boulder from the original dueling spot that many claim was where Hamilton rested his head upon being injured. It tells his story, indeed.
Hamilton on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St
On August 6, 2015, Hamilton officially opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. As of March 15, 2020, it has played 1,919 performances. While you can’t currently catch a Ham4Ham at the stage door or wait in line for standby seats, you can take a stroll by and gaze at (plus take photos of yourself with) the window silhouettes of the Schuyler Sisters, the Revolutionaries, and the man of the hour (or, the 2.5 hours) himself
While the greatest city in the world remains in the eye of the hurricane for just a little longer, you can get back into the spirit of the revolution as you walk the length of the city and look around at these sites…before you head back home and watch Hamilton over and over and over. If you head out for a pre-binge stroll, make sure you tag us in your photos using the hashtag #TodayTixHamiltour!