Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell - August 2018

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Broadway, Beers, and a Hair Goddess The Shell Family Takes Manhattan

Summer is a time for trips, and this year, I got to enjoy a pretty neat trip with my family. My daughters, Macy and Madelyn, are in a dance group, and at the beginning of summer, my wife and I helped chaperone a group trip to New York City. I’ve never been to the Big Apple before, and though I wasn’t too excited at first, I ended up having a great time. Our first stop after getting off the bus from the airport was to walk right to the nearest pizza place. Yes, it did live up to the hype, though as a Chicago guy, deep dish is still the way for me. But we didn’t fly 800 miles just to try the pizza. The girls in the dance group were there to take a class from a real Broadway dancer. This woman currently plays one of the flying monkeys in the musical “Wicked,” and the girls were all excited to learn from her. Later that night, we all went to see a showing of “Wicked.” Broadway musicals aren’t necessarily my scene, but it was pretty good — even if the ending made no sense — and the girls all loved it. The rest of the trip was spent sightseeing. We visited the New York City Public Library, where a lot of movies have

been filmed, most notably the original “Ghostbusters.” We also wandered through a food festival in Rockefeller plaza, took photos in Central Park, checked out the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Radio City Music Hall where the girls met a Rockette, and did some window shopping on 5th Avenue. At one point, we even took the Staten Island Ferry and cruised right by the Statue of Liberty. While in Staten Island, we ordered an Uber, which was on my older daughter’s to-do list, so my youngest could visit the Olivia Christensen Salon. The woman who runs this place, Christina Olivia, starred in “Hair Goddess,” a reality show Madelyn loves. The salon is by

of the trip came when I was able to break away from the group. After grabbing lunch at this place in Times Square called Ellen’s Stardust Diner — where the food was underwhelming but the music was good — I got to check out Other Half Brewing, a huge brewery in Brooklyn. I’m a big craft beer guy, and when I heard this place was releasing a new beer during our trip, I knew I had to try it. I wasn’t the only one who wanted to try the beer. I waited in line for two hours, and the line still stretched out for blocks behind me. There were six beers on tap, with some incredible New England-style IPA. They were well worth the wait. We managed to fit a lot into only a couple days. I had a great time, but I was plenty ready to get on that plane and be done dealing with crowds. That said, I went in expecting not to have as much fun as I did. If you’re looking for a fun way to send a weekend trip with the family, you can’t go wrong with New York City.


appointment only, but when we knocked on the door, the Hair Goddess herself answered. Madelyn’s eyes got so big, and this woman couldn’t have been sweeter. She talked to us for 20 minutes and let the girls take a picture with her. It was pretty cool.

And if you like craft beer, Other Half Brewing will not disappoint!

–Brya n Shell

As much fun as I had exploring New York City with my family, my favorite part

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