The City and The Show

The City and The Show

Thanks to Sex and the City, being a fashion-focused writer in New York City carries some clichés. "You are like the real Carrie Bradshaw," girls would say, and then huddle in their groups of four outside of Union Square movie theaters, waiting for The Movie. "You're such a Charlotte," I like to tease my friend who wants to get married one day. Simultaneously making fun of myself and her. And to my neurotic male comrade, "ugh, Miranda," is a common scolding. Though the show ceased to exist years ago, still, there is a culture that exists among devotées—which when you count girls, gays and straight boyfriends, includes pretty much my entire generation—quick to reference the show in certain situations, and especially, particular locations in New York City.

Enter the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, brought to yours truly by On Location Tours. A giant bus, a peppy tour guide and a few brief but pivotal stops acted as a perfect outlet to unabashedly rehash the memorable moments on the show. Starting at The Plaza, the scene of a few important show-changing exchanges between the main characters and winding down and around with a final stop at the location of Steve and Aidan's bar, Scout, (where Cosmopolitans dutifully awaited us). The tour not only gave glimpses into the beloved show's filming stations, but the city as a whole. A stop in the West Village to roam the tree-lined neighborhood and shop Bleecker St. after indulging in a Magnolia cupcake, then a tour of the interior of Meatpacking décor gem Buddakan, where Big and Carrie hosted their rehearsal dinner in the movie, plus zipping around to the various parks, churches and corners where snippets of scenes were shot, all added to the fascination and frenzy surrounding the show—even all these years later—leaving this girl with the saccharine desire to revisit the HBO titan with some readily-available reruns, or even venture into the uncharted territories of The Carrie Diaries, the new CW prequel series.

Photo: Sex and the City The Movie (2008), Photofest