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.
66 Perry St.
New York, NY 10014
the series and both films
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.
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
Season 3: Episode 5 No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts
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.
Sixth Ave & 38 NYC
1032 Sixth Avenue
NYC, New York 10018
Season 6: Episode 14 The Ick Factor
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!
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
Season 5: Episode 1 Anchors Away
Samantha throws a drink in Richard’s face at this location.
I had originally planned to make this Sex and the City Week here but I was super busy on Tuesday and yesterday my server was down. Hopefully I can post from now through Saturday though. To see an item in a polyvore either click through the polyvore.
Currently ideeli is having a one day sale with fashions inspired by the new film including looks by Betsey Johnson. Jump on this sale because many items are already sold out. They have looks for all of the main characters. I’m really digging these Charlotte style dresses and Carrie style shoes.
ideeli is a members only site that offers designer clothes at a great price for a limited time.
UPDATE-May 30, 2010
This ideeli sale is over.
You can buy some of the actual designer dress styles Carrie wears in Sex and the City 2, if you have the dough, from Neiman Marcus or Singer 22. They are from the Halston Heritage Collection. Some of Miranda’s looks also look similar to those from this collection. You can also rent the white or pink dress from Rent the Runway for only $50. The Halston Heritage Collection is located here on their site.
ShoeDazzle recently chose some Sex and the City inspired styles. You may not want to go through the trouble of signing up, you might want to save a little money or the style you want may be sold out. These are the Carrie and Samantha styles available from other sites. If you are interested in joining ShoeDazzle click here to save 20% on your first purchase.
I am very excited about Sex and the City 2 coming out on Thursday. So I’ve decided that this week will be Sex and the City Week here. I will be posting a new SATC post everyday.
You may want to rewatch SATC prior to the film’s release but not have time to marathon the whole series. These are my favorite episodes. I didn’t choose them to gel the storyline together. It’s more about fun, my M.O. I have chosen less episodes from seasons 1 and 5 because those were shorter. It was very hard to narrow season 2 down. It includes many excellent episodes so you may want to watch it from start to finish if you have time. I, unlike many, was a big fan of the LA episodes. I’m not usually one for spoilers but this show’s been out for years. If you’ve never seen it this is a spoiler land mine. Yes, I have referenced things about myself as they relate to certain episodes because they happened to effect me due to those events. For full info on all episodes of the series I recommend going here.
Season 1: Episode 4 “Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys” “What was that?” “A preview”
“Sir, we’re talking up the butt. A cigarette is in order.“
Carrie, Samantha and Miranda try dating guys in their 20s. Even in this early episode you can see that Big and Carrie were gonna have some drama. Some highlights of this episode are Timothy Olyphant guest starring as Carrie’s young lover and the classic Charlotte up the butt taxi scene.
Season 1: Episode 6 “Secret Sex”
Carrie wears the “naked dress” which leads her to have sex with Big on their first official date.
Season 1: Episode 9 “The Turtle and the Hare”
Samantha inexplicably dates and tries to change a man. It seemed very out of character but interesting. Charlotte gets her first sex toy, “The Rabbit”.
Season 2: Episode 1 “Take me out to the Ballgame” “Miranda was a huge fan of the Yankees. I was a huge fan of being anywhere you could smoke and drink at two in the afternoon without judgment.”
“How does it happen that four such smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends? It’s like seventh grade with bank accounts!”
Carrie happily rebounds from her break up with Big by dating “The New Yankee”. All seems well until she cries in his mouth. Miranda is mad at Carrie for obsessing about her break up until she also runs into her ex.
Season 2: Episode 4
“They Shoot Single People, don’t They?”
Carrie gets made a fool of at a magazine shoot and is thrown for a loop. Miranda tries to teach an ex how to give her the big O. Both Bradley Cooper and Mark Feuerstein (or as I still call him “Conrad Bloom”) guest star.
Season 2: Episode 12 “La Douleur Exquise!” “have another drink, woman”
Samantha does the publicity for a new S&M club. Big springs the news that he may be moving to Paris on Carrie. At first she is angry but then tries to be supportive. They break up. Charlotte gets free shoes from a cashier with a shoe fetish. Miranda has sex with a guy who likes to have sex like it’s “Outward Bound”. Stanford has an underwear fetish. He goes out to meet “BigTool4U” at an underwear party. Will Arnett guest stars.
Season 2: Episode 17 “Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women”
The group head to the Hamptons. Charlotte meets a young guy and pretends that she too is in her 20s. He gives her crabs. Samantha’s young assistant steals her business contacts and invites them to a party. Carrie runs into Big and his new girlfriend who is in her 20s.
Season 2: Episode 18: “Ex and the City” “Who are you, Goldicocks?“
Carrie tries to be friends with Big despite his new relationship until she finds out that he is actually marrying the girl. Carrie tries to come to terms with this by the end of the episode. This episode references the film The Way We Were which caused me to rent and then become a fan of it as well. Samantha finds a guy whose penis is actually too big.
Season 3: Episode 3 “Attack of the Five Foot Ten Woman” “I’ve talked to her twice. Once I was in a cowboy hat and once I was in my bra. I’m like friggin’ Annie Get Your Clothes On.”
“It’s a good thing she got married. The woman is an idiot!”
Carrie has to confront her “Natasha Specific Complex”. Samantha tries to get busy with a masseuse with a reputation. Miranda hires Magda.
Season 3: Episode 9 “Easy Come, Easy Go” “Whatever you say, I’m your booth bitch”
Carrie cheats on Aiden with Big after running into him at Aiden’s furniture show. Charlotte proposes to herself. Steve starts seeing another girl while he is still living at Miranda’s (they had already broken up).
Season 3: Episode 10 “All or Nothing” “Until he says “I love you”, you’re a free agent.” “What is this? The Rules According to Samantha?” “See? I’m more old-fashioned than you think.”
Carrie continues to cheat on Aiden while he gets increasingly invested in the relationship. Samantha gets sick and acts like a love starved woman.
Season 3: Episode 13 “Escape from New York” “What the fuck is Carrie’s problem?”
“Please, it’s LA. No one cares if your egg whites have a side of cock.”
“Are you in the porn industry” “I’m a lawyer for Disney”
Carrie thinks it’s a great way to escape her problems when she goes to LA to find out if her columns will be optioned for a movie. Unfortunately she writes about her love life and is now subjected to a dissection of it. Samantha dates a dildo model who turns out to be a sappy poet. Miranda wants to be sexually free. Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Michelle Gellar guest star.
Season 3: Episode 14 “Sex and Another City” “One woman’s pornographer is another woman’s spiritual leader.”
Carrie hooks up with a guy who pretends he’s all that but is just a house sitter. Miranda meets up with an ex who seems to have become less angry and more fulfilled but just has an eating disorder. Charlotte joins them in LA because she’s sick of grappling with Trey’s impotence. The ladies attend a party at the Playboy Mansion. Vince Vaughn, Hugh Hefner and Carrie Fisher guest star.
Season 3: Episode 15 “Hot Child in the City” “I’m scootin in heels”
“You know what I was buying when I was thirteen? Nothing! I couldn’t afford anything, I was serving dilly bars at Dairy Queen.”
“I’ve been trying to diagnose myself on the Internet….Just type in your symptoms, hit enter, and wait for the word cancer to appear on the screen.”
Carrie starts dating an immature guy she meets at a comic book store. I was very excited because the guy she dates (Cane Peterson) hosted a show called The List on VH1 at the time and I had a huge crush on him. Samantha runs the PR for a spoiled rich girl’s bat mitvah. Miranda because insecure due to her new braces. Kat Dennings guest stars. This was the first time I ever saw her in anything. She did a good job because I instantly hated the character but later found out the actress herself is likable. It’s an amusing episode but a bit disturbing that they refer to smoking weed as something they did in Junior High. Carrie refers to Lemony Pepsi Light which I had never heard of but they had just come out with the updated version at the time, Diet Pepsi Twist. Carrie wore a cute teal bandana which I loved and had happened to have purchased a similar one myself prior to the episode.
Season 4: Episode 1: “The Agony and the Extasy” “You don’t even have a name?” “Well I’m single I don’t deserve one.”
“Don’t laugh at me, but maybe we could be each others soulmates? And then we could let men be just these great nice guys to have fun with?”
“You’re late.” “Not really, I’m on London time.” “London is five hours ahead.” “In that case, I’m really fucking late.”
Carrie turns 35 and her birthday dinner is a disaster when everyone else is a no show. The episode originally aired a few days after my 18th birthday so it got to me a little. The delectable Costas Mandylor guest stars as a sexy but unattainable priest.
Season 4: Episode 2 “The Real Me” “When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.”
“Oh, my god, she’s fashion roadkill!”
Carrie is chosen to be a model for a fashion show. She declines at first but then is swept away into the fantasy. She is perturbed when it turns out the other “real people” models are actually more accomplished writers. She gets nervous and drunk and falls down on the catwalk. Charlotte is diagnosed with a depressed vagina. She says she’s never seen it and thinks it’s ugly which doesn’t match up with an earlier episode where she models her vagina for a huge painting done by an esteemed artist. Samantha starves herself so she can get a sexy photo taken. She says it’s for herself but is upset when, at first, men don’t fall all over themselves about it. Miranda is nervous so she overcompensates and a man ends up calling her “full of herself”. Prior to this episode I was supposed to model for a little Fashion Bug show at the mall but dropped out of it when they put me in an unflattering outfit. So I was a little upset while watching and wondered if I should have just done it anyway. Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho and Heidi Klum guest star.
Season 4: Episode 3 “Defining Moments” “Carrie likes a jazz man”
“I just left “silent Y” in the bathroom. Oh and P.S., apparently the eighties are back.”
“I’ve done the girl thing – once, twice, usually involving a guy and a couple of quaaludes.”
Carrie and Big start hanging out as friends. Big gets jealous when Carrie gives her number to a hot jazz player while they are out (but not on a date) together. Trey now wants to have sex with Charlotte everywhere but their apartment since they are separated. Samantha meets a female artist who has a crush on her. Samantha ends up dating her. While out at a dinner with Carrie and her jazz player and Big and a random girl Samantha warns Big about hurting her friend again. Guest stars Craig Bierko and Jim Gaffigan.
Season 4: Episode 6 “Baby, Talk is Cheap” “His words said no but his kiss said yes.” “Okay, that’s a defense invoked by date rapists.”
Carrie decides that she still has feelings for Aiden. She tells him and at first he is very upset but then comes around. This episode features one of my favorite Aiden moments, when he screams “YOU BROKE MY HEART!”. Miranda and Samantha experiment with fake nipples. Charlotte and Trey decide to have a baby. Miranda sees a fellow runner who likes analingus.
Season 4: Episode 10 “Belles of the Balls” “You’re middle aged!”
(fast forward to 07:44 for the fight)
Aiden is upset about Carrie still being friends with Big. Big invites himself out to visit the couple at Aiden’s cabin. He is trashed and lovesick over an actress. The next morning Carrie suggests that Big make nice with Aiden and play basketball. This turns into a muddy fight. (woot!). Steve goes to see a doctor for a prosthetic testicle. Samantha meets Richard.
Season 5: Episode 3 “Luck Be and Old Lady” “We’re talking about the other kind of pearl necklace.” “You know, when a guy decorates your neck?”
Charlotte is turning 36 but had decided not to celebrate and to stay 35. Carrie wants to celebrate because she wants all of the girls to hang out together. Samantha is going on a trip to Atlantic City with Richard and invites the girls along. Charlotte wears a sexy dress in AC to combat her fears of becoming an old maid. Samantha is so suspicious of Richard (due to his previous infidelity) that she drives herself crazy and then dumps him. Carrie decides to give up on love until she sees an elderly couple and wants what they have.
Season 5: Episode 3 “The Big Journey”
Carrie accepts an appearance to do a reading of her book in San Fransisco because she wants to have sex with Big. Samantha is bored and accompanies her on her train ride. They think it will be fun but are disappointed. Charlotte has hot sex with her divorce lawyer Harry. In CA Big doesn’t want to sleep with Carrie because he says while reading the book he realized how badly he’d hurt her and didn’t want to do it again. The next day he changes his mind and they have sex.
Season 6: Episode 2 “Great Sexpectations” “Hi, I need something that’ll make a guy cum in his pants as soon as he sees me.” “You talk to salespeople like that?”
Carrie and Berger can’t get their act together in the bedroom. Samantha meets Smith. Miranda skips dating in favor of Tivo. Charlotte becomes Jewish.
Season 6: Episode 9 “A Woman’s Right to Shoes” or “No Shoes, No Service” “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”
Carrie is forced to remove her shoes at a married friend’s house for a party so her children won’t be exposed to germs. When Carrie gets ready to leave her shoes have been stolen. Then she is repeatedly insulted by her friend about both her desire to spend a lot of money on foot wear and for actually caring about the state of their friendship. Eventually Carrie convinces her that they are equal and she is gifted a replacement pair. Miranda meets Robert. Charlotte nitpicks over Harry’s habits at home.
Season 6: Episode 11 “The Domino Effect” “I love a cute Candy Stripper.” “It isn’t about stripping, it’s about striping.”
Carrie finds out that Big has a heart problem and needs an angioplasty. I did cry during this episode because it aired shortly after my father had 3 heart attacks (thankfully he recovered). Carrie plays nurse maid to him but when he feels better he goes back to being gruff. Miranda is dating the sexy Robert. Steve has a nose bleed that Robert treats with a tampon, embarrassing him.
Season 6: Episode 19 “An American Girl in Paris: Part Une” “You’re the loves of her life and a guy’s just lucky to come in fourth.”
Carrie moves to Paris with Petrovsky (ugh). Carrie loves wearing gorgeous fashions in Paris but doesn’t love Petrovsky’s neglect.
Season 6: Episode 20 “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux” “It took me a really long time to get here, but I’m here. Carrie, you’re the one.”
Big goes to Paris to bring Carrie back to New York. Charlotte and Harry adopt a baby girl from China. Steve’s mother moves in with Miranda and him due to memory loss.
In this sequel to 2008′s Iron Man Tony Stark fights some other people who also wear metal outfits. Or some jazz like that. As big budget blockbusters go this looks pretty cool. I love the cast: Robert Downey Jr. (of course), Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Saumel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany & Garry Shandling. However I had to watch the 1st movie about 3 times before I got through it because I kept falling asleep. So I think I’ll wait for the Blu-ray. The posters are awesome though. P.S. This is already out and making bank in the UK.
Bonus: Follow director Jon Favreau on twitter.
Robin Hood is an action retelling of the story by director Ridley Scott starring Russell Crowe. Scott has directed Crowe in a lot of movies including Gladiator so many expect this to be very good. I’ve loved Crowe for years & it looks interesting so I’ll be at the theater opening weekend for this one.
Letters to Juliet-5/14
Amanda Seyfried stars in what looks to be your average formulaic romantic comedy. The film was actually filmed partially in Italy. This will be a rental for me.
From IMDB: A physical therapist (Queen Latifah) falls for the basketball player (Common) she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. I’m not sure on this one. The plot makes me want to watch Love & Basketball again.
As a huge SNL fan, you’re probably not surprised that I’ve been flipping out over awesome this movie looks. Plus Val Kilmer (with pony tail) is playing the villain. Just awesome. Go here to watch the SNL sketches.
I’m not really a fan of Jesse Eisenberg but this film about a drug dealing Jewish guy who dresses like a rabbi is sort of intriguing looking.
Sex and the City 2-5/27 (Thursday)
I love, love, love Sex and the City. Many complained that the first film was depressing but I thought it was great. This one looks like over the top fun.
Bonus: Go buy Carrie and Samantha’s dresses now.
Survival of the Dead-5/28
This is the new George Romero film which is a sequel to Diary of the Dead. I liked DOTD & thought that it was cool that Romero was trying something different. Reviews of this have been very bad but IMHO even bad zombie movies are fun. You can already watch it streaming on Amazon.
Bonus: Follow Romero on twitter.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time-5/28
I’m not gonna lie and act like I know or care what this movie is about. I mean just look at Jake Gyllenhaal. He is super hot in this. Go here for more pics of Jake.