Remembering & Moving Forward.

“Gone is not forgotten, but our lives cannot be a memorial. This city cannot be a memorial.
This city has to be a city. Our lives have to be our lives.”  david levithan

I’m really not very good when it comes to talking about 9/11. I was a junior in high school, sitting in my English class, when I first heard about what happened. Living in close proximity to the city, many of my peers had parents who worked in New York City. Many had no idea how their parents were or where they were. And didn’t for hours. Cell phone signals were down, and it was just… a strange horrible day that feels just as raw and present as it did 11 years ago.

When Michelle and I started to plan the launch of This Happy Place Blog last spring, we knew we wanted to showcase our great appreciation for New York, where Michelle has always lived and where I now call home. We may be a plane flight away from the action happening in Florida and California, but New York holds much importance in Disney history and in Muppet history as well.

So last September we hosted our first “series” with the help of three other tri-state bloggers who talked about their hometowns as Michelle and I dove into the history of some lesser known NY-centric events for our readers and, as I mentioned last week, attended the dress rehearsal of the not-yet Broadway bound, Newsies production, at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Today, I thought it would be fitting to highlight a few of those posts:

♦ Muppet Monday: Uptown Girl
♦ Walt Wednesday: Mickey & NYC
♦ Muppet Monday: “It is New York. It is time.”
♦ Jeff Heimbuch: Finding Disney in New Jersey (Yes, it’s possible!)
♦ Stephen Dettling: 1964 World’s Fair
♦ Disney Hipsters: If I Can Make It There
♦ Michelle: Zero to Hero in NYC
♦ Michelle: Pocahonats in New York
♦ Estelle: Disney + Broadway (How it Began)
♦ Estelle: Story of the New Amsterdam

I hope you take some time today to remember all of those brave people and reach out to those you love, just because.

“This, I think, is how people survive: Even when horrible things have been done to us,
we can still find gratitude in one another.” 
david levithan

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