Just past Bennett Avenue, the landscape abruptly shifts. The narrative has changed from one of struggle to inevitable resolution. A steep flight of stairs appears as if out of nowhere on Overlook Terrace, breaking 187th Street into two. Walking up that flight of stairs, and anticipating what lies beyond, feels a bit like waiting for the sun to rise, and experiencing that sense of hopefulness.
Act Two of the Tale of 187th Street sees the lovebirds Nina and Benny from In the Heights take centrestage. As they lie in each other’s arms, satiated by a night of intimacy, they sing of love and of possibility, prefiguring the beautiful and happy ending that is to come at the end:
Well, how do you say kiss me?
And how do you say hold me?
Al amanecer. At sunrise
Anything at all can happen
Just before the sunrise
Our Tale ends here, at the edge of the Hudson River, overlooking George Washington Bridge, and a distant castle nestled within gorgeous New England forests. The River flows swiftly. The mood is contemplative. Our hero has made his choice and he stands, admiring all that he almost left behind.
It is beautiful.
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Next Month: 125th Street, Generic: Harlem