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Sex and the City: A Guided Tour

Sex and the City: A Guided Tour
Sex and the City: A Guided Tour

© Rob Young

If you take the official Sex and the City tour while visiting Manhattan, you'll see some of the most popular filming locations – Magnolia Bakery, the Manolo Blahnik store or maybe even the NY Public Library, which played a major role in the movie. But New York City, present in every one of nearly 100 episodes, provided many additional filming locations, of course. Below is a list of spots you'll want to visit. Think of it as your self-guided SATC tour.

East Village

Episode 45: "Hot Child in the City", Location: St. Mark's Comics – 11 St. Marks Place

Summary: Carrie tries to pay a visit to her "shoe guy" but discovers that his repair shop has been replaced by a comic book store run by Wade, a 30-something still living with his parents.

Flatiron/Gramercy

Episode 56: "My Motherboard, My Self", Location: Tekserve – 119 West 23rd Street

Summary: When Carrie's laptop powers off permanently and friends insist that she should have been backing up her work, she and Aidan bring her pashmina-wrapped computer to this electronics store where she learns she has to just "breathe, and reboot".

Episode 30: "Ex and the City", Location: Eleven Madison Park Restaurant – 11 Madison Avenue

Summary: After seeing Big with Natasha, the 20-something "stick figure with no soul" that he met in Paris, Carrie decides to be cordial and invite him to lunch at this restaurant. Her attempt at being friends goes terribly sour when he tells her that he and Natasha are engaged.

Episode 88: "The Ick Factor", Location: Pete's Tavern – 129 East 18th Street

Summary: Miranda and Steve finally decide to tie the knot – and Miranda proposes while sitting outside at this NY restaurant.

Episode 42: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Location: The Globe – 158 East 23rd Street

Summary: Miranda tries out speed-dating at this bar but soon realizes that being a lawyer is much less appealing than being a stewardess. She lands a guy by lying about her job.

West Village

Episode 54: "Baby, Talk is Cheap", Location: Tortilla Flats – 767 Washington Street

Summary: After Carrie sees Aidan at the opening of Scout, a bar he opened with Steve, Carrie realizes that she misses him and wants him back in her life. She asks Miranda to be her "buffer" and sets up a double date with Steve and Aidan at this popular Mexican restaurant.

Midtown East

Episode 51: "Defining Moments", Location: Monkey Bar – 60 East 54th Street

Summary: In Carrie and Big's attempt to be friends, they head to this classic NY bar to see a jazz show. Big is noticeably shaken when musician Ray asks for her phone number and a short romance begins between them.

Central Park

Episode 48: "Cock a Doodle Do!", Location: Central Park Boathouse Restaurant

Summary: Carrie decides to accept Big's proposal to go to lunch at the Boathouse, an iconic NY restaurant. Upon arrival, she greets him and in their nervousness, they end up falling into the pond together.

New York City Loeb Boathouse

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Soho

Episode 63: "Change of a Dress", Location: Soho Grand Hotel – 310 West Broadway

Summary: The ladies get dressed in their finest gowns to attend Richard Wright's "Black and White Ball" charity fundraiser. The night takes a turn for the worse when Samantha discovers that Richard has been seeing other women and Aidan begins to pressure Carrie about marrying him.

Episode 5: "The Power of Female Sex", Location: Louis K. Meisel Gallery – 141 Prince Street

Summary: Charlotte's gallery is first introduced in this episode, a place where she works for years. This is the gallery.

Episode 53: "Ghost Town", Location: Oniels Bar – 174 Grand Street

Summary: Miranda runs into Steve and he tells her that he's finally opening his own bar, to be named Scout. Carrie gets an invitation to the opening and finds out that Aidan and Steve are business partners. She reluctantly goes to the party and sees Aidan for the first time since their breakup.

Times Square

Episode 65: "A 'Vogue' Idea", Location: Conde Nast Building – 4 Times Square

Summary: After a painful breakup with Aidan, Carrie lands a job writing for Vogue. Her boss Julian takes her under his wing after some painful feedback from Enid, the new editor. Although he saves her job, she decides to work solely with Enid after Julian tries to hit on her in the Vogue accessories closet.

New York City Times Square

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Upper East Side

Episode 42: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Location: Church of the Holy Trinity – 316 East 88th Street

Summary: After Carrie finally tells Aidan about her affair with Big, she runs to this church for Charlotte's wedding to Trey. She has an emotional moment with Aidan outside before joining the girls for pictures on the steps.

Episode 39: "Easy Come, Easy Go", Location: Stanhope Hotel – 995 Fifth Avenue

Summary: While Aidan strips Carrie's floors, she heads to a nearby hotel to get some peace and quiet. She gets a frantic call from Big, who meets her in the lobby bar to tell her he misses her.

Episode 60: "Just Say Yes", Location: 93rd Street between Park and Madison Avenues

Summary: Carrie panics after discovering a "bad ring" in Aidan's bag, but he kneels in the street here and proposes with a new ring, one that is much more like her.

Chelsea

Episode 34: "Boy, Girl, Boy Girl…", Location: Chelsea Piers Sky Rink

Summary: Carrie dates Sean, a twenty-something who has a history as a switch-hitter. He takes her on an ice skating date at this rink, where she slowly (and carefully) glides around the ice, cigarette in hand.

Financial District

Episode 31: "Where There's Smoke…", Location: Staten Island Ferry

Summary: The beginning of Season 3 starts with a trip to Staten Island to view the New York City Fire Department's "Calendar Contest". Carrie meets the politician while judging the contest, and Charlotte yells from the back of the ferry that she's "getting married this year!"

Staten Island Ferry

© Robert Young

Midtown West

Episode 86: "One", Location: Russian Samovar – 256 West 52nd Street

Summary: After meeting Russian artist Aleksandr Petrovsky at a gallery, Carrie is invited to a late dinner with him at this NY restaurant.

Episode 20: "The Man, the Myth, the Viagra", Location: Collins Bar – 735 Eighth Avenue – NOW CLOSED

Summary: Miranda and Carrie have plans to meet for drinks but Carrie ditches her or a night home with Big. Miranda, sitting at the bar alone, argues with her over the phone, sparking a conversation with the bartender, Steve.

Episode 88: "The Ick Factor", Location: McDonald's – Corner of 57th and 6th Avenue

Summary: After the Russian surprises her with a hot pink dress and a date at the Met, Carrie feels overwhelmed and faints in the street. They decide to slow things down a bit at McDonald's – and end up dancing at the cash register.

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