Like dave, NYC is my home town and it's a wonderful place, to me it's the best city on earth. But like any place on earth, particularly urban areas, there are good parts and bad parts. Overall, locals in NYC are kind people who will go out of their way to help a visitor or someone in need. People outside NYC don't think that's the case because they see otherwise in movies and TV shows. In fact, some of the very coolest folks in NYC are the NYPD, kindest dudes you'll ever meet anywhere.
As for the original poster's question, I'm not really keen on folks coming to a site like this, no matter what their situation, and asking for a free ticket, which is how I read the OP. If I misread, then I apologize about my last sentence. I think if you can afford plane ticket from Chicago to NYC, then you can afford one or two nights of tickets bought on stub hub or from someone here if anyone has extras to sell. But you have to factor in a hotel, food, etc. and if you're just getting back on your feet, I personally think it's more important to get back on your feet, and on solid ground in your life, and let the music wait until you get sorted out.
By the way, congrats on getting yourself clean and sober. That's a huge achievement in itself ~
ETA: Why don't you go over to Dead.net and check out the Wharf Rats forum and see what folks over there have to say? Maybe you can connect with some other folks in recovery and they can help you out. It seems like if/when you go to your first show sober, it would be important to be near folks that understand what you're going through, yanno? They seem like nice folks over there.
Last Edit: 2 years, 6 months ago by katie mae.