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From Hamilton’s Harlem home to his grave in the Financial District, his new, musical induced fans are everywhere many with tickets.

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“We don’t have the official numbers, but we anecdotally know that there’s more people that we see in the churchyard” since the musical opened, Trinity spokeswoman Lynn Goswick told me. Case in point: Our conversation was canada goose parka uk interrupted by a woman inquiring where Hamilton’s son Philip is buried. (He died in a duel more than two years before his father.

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“Hamilton did not die in New Jersey, thank God. That is the worst thing that can happen to a New Yorker. They got him back into a boat. He did make it across to the West Village,” said Jimmy Napoli, who leads Hamilton walking tours, including a “Hamilton’s Wall Street” walk I went on. (For the record, I, too, took a boat back across the Hudson, in a ferry named “Alexander Hamilton.”)

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With his fast paced New York gusto, Napoli’s could be the second best “Hamilton” show in town. Congress, as well as the first Supreme Court and executive branch offices. But for me, the highlight was the room where it happens, the very location where Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Hamilton held a private meeting in which the two Virginians agreed to round up congressional support for Hamilton’s canada goose parka outlet plan for canada goose outlet miami national assumption of state debts in return for Hamilton rounding up support to move the capital to Washington. The room, which was in Jefferson’s house, no longer exists, built over by yet another office building.

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With that, I headed uptown to the Grange, Hamilton’s Federal style house in Harlem in the shadows of what today is the City College of New York.

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A group of four women, three wearing “Hamilton” T shirts, were on their way out as I arrived.

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