A (Free) Hamilton Tour Of New York City

by Conor Lane · July 19, 2016

Yes, believe it or not, Alexander Hamilton was kind of an important dude in America long before he was the star of a ground-breaking hip hop musical – AND the hottest ticket on Broadway this summer. Hamilton’s face dignifies the ten-dollar bill, but you’re going to need more than a handful of them in order to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway bestseller. Unfortunately for show-goers, Miranda has left the Hamilton cast after a several-month stretch. Fortunately, for the rest of us blokes, there is a way for you to take a peek into the life of one of America’s founding fathers without breaking the bank.

All you need is a little bit of spare time, a sunny day, a cocktail or two, and some walking shoes to get your Hamilton on. Leave all your inhibitions and air conditioned apartments behind and enter the world of Alexander Hamilton (or what's left of it - which is still pretty mellow). New York City ordinances require that property owners in Hamilton and Washington Heights with properties of historical significance upkeep the buildings in the original manner in which they were built. This makes it seem like you're strolling through a different time.

This walking tour traces along these neighborhoods and includes many other modern and historical landmarks that have a connection to one of America’s most interesting – and important – founders. So don’t worry if you can’t get your paws on a $500 nosebleed ticket; squeeze in this delightful little tour to satiate your need for more Hamilton.

[Photo via @_tamarapeterson]