New York: on the Trail of “Sex and the City”

While many TV series are shot in California and pretend to be New York,”Sex and the City” were only the orgasms feigned, the city was real.  The series was filmed entirely in New York, and the TV ratings are correspondingly numerous.

Once on Carrie Bradshaw stand on the steps

Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker’s columnist and main character of the series, supposedly lived in the Upper East Side(245 East 73rd St.), but this address does not exist. If you want to stroll a little by Carrie’s alleged residential area and get a feel for the neighborhood, you’ll find where the 73rd Street crosses the 2nd Avenue. The actual filming location is much farther south, in Greenwich Village. The steps to the front door of 66 Perry Street kept years as Carrie Bradshaw’s steps, which was quite practical for her actress, because Sarah Jessica Parker lives in real life only one street farther.

The sign next to the entrance does not show the number 66, but in 1866, which often leads to confusion among tourists. 1866 is the year of construction. (Other buildings”played” the house.)

The television addresses of the other ladies were: 300 Gansevoort Street(Samantha), 700 Park Avenue(Charlotte) and 331 West 78th Street(Miranda). However, none of these addresses actually exist.

Once in the”Magnolia Bakery” eat cupcakes

From Carrie’s house to the Magnolia Bakery, one of the much-loved meeting places on the subject of sex, it is only a few steps. If you are standing in front of Carrie’s fictional front door and look at it, turn right, go to the next corner and turn right into Bleecker Street. After a few meters on the right you are there.

Phew, after the effort, you have earned a Cupcake! The Magnolia Bakery is famous for its cupcakes, which is however rather due to the clever marketing and skilful placement in series like this or films like”The Devil Wears Prada” than the taste of cupcakes. So be careful: As famous as the things are, they are so sweet. In principle, they taste like pure sugar, which is mixed with a pound of butter and is still enriched with some sweetener. (The author of these lines is profoundly chocolates-addictive, but could hardly cope with these cupcakes.) If you want to try, buy yourself for sure not more than one, cost point: two dollars. If it tastes good, you can still buy – if you have the nerve to stand in front of a pastry shop. At certain peak times, the crowds are so big that a doorman controls the intake.

Once in the”Scout” take a drink

So that the constant talking about sex in the series did not get boring, the girls often changed the place. One of their headquarters was the Scout, which is called O’Nieals in the real world(174 Grand Street).The walk from Magnolia Bakery to O’Nieals takes about half an hour. If you do not want to take a taxi, bus or subway and go for a walk, take Bleecker Street back in the direction you came from. There, however, do not turn off this time, but straight ahead until you come to 6th Avenue(Avenue of the Americas) and turn right(south). Once the Avenue of the Americas crosses the Grand Street, turn left(east) to the junction, Grand Street, Baxter Street and Center Marketplace. The O’Nieals is a fine place with white tablecloths, where a dinner costs between 16 and 30 dollars.

On the occasion: Only a few streets north of the O’Nieal is Little Italy, as close to the south of Chinatown. Also the Puck Building from the series”Will & Grace” is only a few minutes walk away.

Once in Carries favorite store buy shoes

Ultimately, of course, it is just a stereotype that women are talking about sex all the time, and of course it was not all that Carrie Bradshaw spent her time with. She bought shoes, of course. Lots. Expensive. And at Manolo Blahnik . This is much farther north on 54th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue(or Avenue of the Americas). If you go on foot by then, you will need the new shoes bitterly.

On the occasion: close to Manolo Blahnik there are many other exclusive shops, as well as the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockefeller Center, which is home to the NBC studios.

The”Sex and the City” bus tour

For hardcore fans of the series, who want to see even more filming locations and action spots, there is a bus tour that deals with nothing but”Sex And The City Hotspots” and brings fans to more than 40 locations in Manhattan for a good three hours. The tour, which is also offered in German, costs 39 dollars per person and can be booked online at our site. Meeting point is at the southeast end of Central Park at the corner 5th Avenue/58th Street.

The”Sex and the City” addresses at a glance:

  • 66 Perry Street,between West 4th Street and Bleecker Street(Greenwich Village). Subway: Blue lines A, C, E or orange lines F, V to W 4th Street, alternatively red lines 1, 2 to Christopher St./Sheridan Sq. Then a few minutes walk through the equally beautiful as rich Greenwich Village.
  • Magnolia Bakery,401 Bleecker Street, corner 11th Street(Greenwich Village)
  • Scout(O’Nieals),174 Grand Street, at the intersection of Baxter Street and Center Marketplace Subway: Green Line 6 to Spring Street or Yellow Lines N, R to Prince Street. Then a few meters on foot
  • Manolo Blahnik,31 West 54th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue(Avenue of the Americas) Subway: Blue Line E or Orange Line V to 5th Ave./53rd St. Then walk three minutes to the parallel parallel road. Alternatively(eg from O’Nieals) follow the green line 6 to 51st Street and a few minutes walk to the north and then left.

“New York for Fern-Seher”

You can find more scenes from well-known television series, from the”Sesame Street” to”Kojak” to King of Queens, in Michael Reufsteck’s book”New York for Televisions”( vgs2008, 978-3-8025-1751 -8, EUR 12.95/EUA 13.40/sFr 23.90)

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