Hang Like Hamilton - Airbnbmag
Photos by Chris Ozer. Illustrations by Roberto Parada. - NYC, New York
Photos by Chris Ozer. Illustrations by Roberto Parada.

BY JEFF WILSER

New York haunts beloved by our favorite founding father are still there to enjoy.

Coffee

“The Fields” 43 Park Row
Coffe 'The Fields'

New Yorkers have always loved a good protest. In 1774, on the grassy lawn of The Fields, patriots gathered to denounce the British, and 17-year-old Hamilton spoke out for the first time. As legend has it, he first faltered and then found his voice and was so eloquent that the crowd, stunned, wondered who this kid was. Whispers of “It’s a collegian!” turned to shouts. Hamilton had arrived. Grab an in-house roasted Americano at Birch Coffee on Spruce Street and relive the moment in present-day City Hall park.

Named after Hamilton's iconic estate, The Grange Bar and Eatery is located just down the block. - NYC, New York
Named after Hamilton's iconic estate, The Grange Bar and Eatery is located just down the block.
The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is open Wednesdays - Sundays. Since the musical, it gets packed, so leave extra time. - NYC, New York
The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is open Wednesdays - Sundays. Since the musical, it gets packed, so leave extra time.

Lunch

The Grange 1635 Amsterdam Ave.
Hamilton’s home still exists. The dining room, the study, the living room—they all remain at 414 West 141st Street. He named his home The Grange as a nod to his grandfather’s estate in Scotland, and a block away you can lunch at The Grange restaurant. Over aged prime beef burgers, impress friends with this factoid: When Hamilton lived in Harlem (then considered “the country”), he commuted to the Financial District via horse and buggy. The trip took over an hour, or about what it does in 2017.
Completed in 1907, the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House is now home to the National Archives at New York City. - NYC, New York
Completed in 1907, the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House is now home to the National Archives at New York City.
FYI: This isn't the only White Horse Tavern in NYC; the other is on Hudson St. - NYC, New York
FYI: This isn't the only White Horse Tavern in NYC; the other is on Hudson St.

Drinks

The White Horse Tavern 25 Bridge St.
From the bar’s stoop, you can see The Battery, site of two key Hamilton exploits: 1) In 1775, he stole cannons from the British; and 2) as a young officer, he commanded an artillery com­pany at Fort George, on the waterfront. Fort George is long gone, but in its place stands the Alexander ­Hamilton US Customs House. Have a whiskey in his honor at White Horse, then stroll a few blocks north today your respects at his gravestone (75 Broadway, outside Trinity Church), where he’s buried next to his wife, Eliza, lionized in the Hamilton musical as the “best of wives and best of women.”
John Adams said Fraunces Tavern had "the most splendid dinner I ever saw," making the spot one thing he and Hamilton agreed on.

Dinner

Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl St.
The oldest bar in the city. An icon. Still a great place for a bowl of mussels. The pub, founded in 1762, inspired the stage design for “The Story of Tonight,” the song in the musical when John Laurens, Lafayette, and Hercules Mulligan all swig pints of beer. History oozes from every corner. Washington once hosted a dinner for his officers here. And upstairs Hamilton scribbled notes on his banking plan—even using the restaurant as a makeshift Treasury Department. One week before the duel that killed him, he came to Fraunces Tavern to have supper. The man sitting next to him? Aaron Burr.”
Now in the heart of the Financial District, Maiden Lane was at the epicenter of Revolutionary New York.

Sleep

57 Maiden Lane 
1790. A summer night. In a posh home at 57 Maiden Lane, Hamilton sat down with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Over wine, they brokered the most important deal in American history: Congress would approve Hamilton’s financial plan, and the nation’s capital would move from New York to D.C. Of the original building only a plaque remains, but if you punch in the address on Airbnb, you’ll find apartments on the block. Rent one and post that you’re staying next to the room where it happened.”

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