Lin Manuel-Miranda is not throwing away the Drama Book Shop’s shot. (See what I did there?) At the threat of this theatre landmark closing for eternity, Lin and a coupla his buddies pooled together their dough to purchase the New York treasure. This announcement inspired me to: 1) make sure my girl and fellow Book Shop employee Sophia had heard the happy news, 2) to connect with Soph’s former co-worker Freddy (pictured working next to her in the images below), who after 18 years of faithful employment now happens to manage the store, and 3) to reminisce over my memories of having perused this screenplay hot spot, like the time I staged a sweatshirt theft (reason unknown).
Reflecting on these images took me back to a simpler time. A time when my biggest obstacle in travel was saving up the necessary funds to purchase one round-trip ticket. When a friend’s Brooklyn couch offered the perfect (read: free) respite from the busyness of The Big Apple. When I could live vicariously through my brave Wisconsin-girl turned NYC-gal.
Those slim times have morphed into days when my husband and I can travel to one of my favorite cities together. We’ve upgraded from our friend’s living room to a stay at a fancy-schmancy hotel. Modest hot dog stand meals have been replaced by multi-course dinners at former vice-president Burr’s historic carriage-house. And the days of standing in long TKTS lines for half-price show tickets are gone. Instead, we enjoy Broadway from the front row or box seats.
Though I wouldn’t trade this life of comfort for our former stage of struggle, I still look back so fondly on those early memories made. And I cannot wait to visit the new and improved Drama Book Shop the next time I’m in The City That Never Sleeps.