It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since the pilot of Sex and the City first aired. Fans became captivated with the lives of Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda, and perhaps most importantly the role of New York City in telling their stories. The city played the part of the fifth main character with countless locations taking center stage. Strap on your Manolos and head for these classic Sex and the City destinations across New York City!
Scenes throughout the series run of Sex and the City frequently feature Manhattan’s 843-acre green oasis, Central Park. Recognized as a place to escape the stresses and noise of the city, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the park in the 1850s. Central Park was featured countless times on Sex and the City from Charlotte’s stint at horse riding to Miranda’s training for a marathon. Carrie and Big also have a monumental scene at the Boathouse in Central Park, when the two fall into the boathouse pond.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment
Fans across the world can probably recognize the intricacies of Carrie’s apartment, presented as a small apartment at the fictional location of 245 E. 73rd Street. In actuality, the brownstone façade with its iconic stoop was located at 64 Perry Street in the West Village. Set on a block with loads of Italianate-style townhouses, it’s hard to believe the show presented such a grand building as only costing Carrie $700 a month in rent! After the first 3 seasons, Carrie’s famous stoop moved next door to 66 Perry Street. Built in 1866, the classic building was designed by architect Robert Mook. Tour buses have since been banned from the block but you can still walk up on your own accord and pretend to be Carrie headed home.
In many ways, most of us coveted a pair of Manolo Blahniks after seeing Carrie go crazy for the footwear. The brand, with its iconic flagship store off Fifth Avenue at 31 West 54th Street, was featured in several plot lines — from Aidan’s dog feasting on Carrie’s favorite Manolo sandals to Mr. Big proposing with one of Blahnik’s most popular designs, a cobalt blue pump. Fans can visit the flagship shop where Carrie reportedly spent $40,000 on shoes.
New York Public Library
As Carrie was a writer, she frequently stopped off at the New York Public Library for some reading material. One of the world’s greatest libraries, the building boasts a Beaux Arts style. First opened to the public in 1911, the library houses one of the best collections in the world. Fans of the Sex and the City film will also recognize the space as it was featured as Carrie’s wedding location to Big that didn’t quite go as planned.
If you think the cupcake craze is so 1998, you can thank Sex and the City in part for igniting it. Carrie and her friends were fans of Magnolia Bakery’s signature cupcakes with its original location on 401 Bleecker Street. Originally opened in 1996 in the West Village, Magnolia Bakery, with the help of Sex and the City in part, became known for its classic American baked goods. The bakery took center stage in Season 3 when Carrie and Miranda feasted on cupcakes outside the shop front.
Staten Island Ferry
For views of Manhattan and to get your Sex and the City fix, you can’t pass up a very budget friendly ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Featured in the episode in which the girls come back from a firefighter calendar contest on Staten Island, the under half hour boat ride provides compelling views of lower Manhattan free of charge. Fans of the series can’t forget Charlotte making the proclamation on board that she’s getting married that year.
NY Trapeze School
Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the NY Trapeze School proves New York truly has it all, even a school to learn the art of trapeze. Carrie strapped on the harness for the episode called, “The Catch.” You can pretend to be Carrie while testing your skills with Hudson River views and spectators watching on from the waterfront promenade.
Fans of Sex and the City could spend decades (almost as long as the entire series) exploring the city through the eyes of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha. However, if you don’t have a few decades, be sure your New York City visit includes these classic destinations!
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