How to Tour Sex and the City Locations

May
2010
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A few years ago my sister and I decided to visit New York. It was my second visit. The first time I didn’t have anything at all planned and it was cool but not what it could have been. This time we had made a list of things we wanted to do. One of those things was the was the On Location Tours: Sex and the City Tour. Unfortunately the tours for that day were sold out. It must be a very popular tour because this was prior to the announcement that they were making the first film. So we decided to just visit some of the places ourselves. The first thing we found out was that many of the locations are actually in Greenwich Village, not New York City. Greenwich Village is very charming. We had to just wing it. Now there are easier ways to do this.

You may want to set up your visit yourself even if the tour is available to save $40+ or so you can do a shorter or longer tour or visit some of the locations that are no longer included in the On Location tour. There is also the Watson Adventures Sex and the City Scavenger Hunt for $24.50. I think this is a type of walking tour.

If you have an iPhone you can go here and for only .99 you can buy an app that includes 40 Sex and the City locations. To get directions you can use Hop Stop which will let you plan your route by walking, subway, bus or a combo.

Carrie’s Stoop
66 Perry St.
New York, NY 10014
the series and both films
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Let’s start with my favorite location, Carrie’s stoop. Due to the disruptions caused by the large number of people visiting the stoop during the tour the stoop was nixed from the On Location Tour in 2008. In that article they listed that there is a sign in front to stop loitering. I don’t know if this is still in effect or not. If it were going for the first time I’d still try to get a picture. FYI-It’s been said that Sarah Jessica Parker herself lives nearby on Charles St.

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
(212) 462-2572
Season 3: Episode 5 No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1oejVK-pA
It was also featured in the SNL Digital Short Lazy Sunday.
Magnolia Bakery was recently dropped from the On Location Tour. When we were there we didn’t attempt to go in because there was a huge line. From what I’ve read on the net that’s often the case.

Tasti D-Lite
Sixth Ave & 38 NYC
1032 Sixth Avenue
NYC, New York 10018
212-869-3122
Season 6: Episode 14 The Ick Factor
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We just took pictures. We didn’t get anything to eat. We were sort of in a hurry since we were only in NYC for one day.

Biography Bookshop
Season 2: Episode 12 La Douleur Exquise!
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This is where Miranda is busy buying biographies and meets a guy.
Unfortunately I just found out that the Biography Bookshop closed in 2009. I bought a couple of cool books when we stopped by.

Sushi Samba Seven
87 7th Avenue South
New York, NY 10014-3415
(212) 691-7885
Season 5: Episode 1 Anchors Away
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Samantha throws a drink in Richard’s face at this location.

New York Public Library
11 West 40th Street
New York, NY
(212) 340-0908
Sex and the City The Movie
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During my first visit to NYC in 2001 I watched some street performers in front of this place. In 2008 it appeared as the setting of Carrie’s wedding. For tons of pics and info on how many films were shot there I recommend reading The New York Public Library from “Sex and the City: The Movie” by Lindsay.

The Church of the Transfiguration
“The Little Church Around the Corner”
One East 29th Street
(Between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue)
New York, New York 10016
212 684-6770
Season 4: Episode 1: The Agony and the Extasy
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This is where Samantha meets her Friar Fuck (played by Costas Mandylor). “She wants the priest but she can’t have him, it’s all very Thorn Birds”.

Starbucks
51 Astor Place
New York, NY
(212) 677-6447‎
Sex and the City The Movie
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This is where Carrie interviews for her new assistant in the first film.

Onieals Soho
174 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-9119
various episodes including Season 4: Episode 6 Baby, Talk is Cheap
This location was used as the bar Scout that Aiden and Steve opened together.

Fun Links
I haven’t listed all of the locations I found because I think some are boring and I’d still be writing this a week from now. Feel free to check out the following links for more locations.
Sex and the City is back Part 1 of famous places foods and people of New York
Sex and the City: where the girls eat
Location Photos
Sex and the City Greenwich Village Spots on Yelp
The Real Locations of Sex And The City Pt 1
The Real Locations of Sex And The City Pt 2
SJP on SATC’s effect on Greenwich Village.

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