Fall in Love with New York Following on the Heels of the Stilettoed Fab Four
Getting onto the bus filled with groups of best friends, one token Mr. Big, and Super G for the Fabulous Sex and the City Tour put on by On Location Tours, I was flashing back to my single girl days with one of my besties and former roomie, Erica.
Every Sunday night we ordered in, had our drinks in hand and made sure we were on time for Sex and the City. Erica could always guess what Carrie’s hypothesis for the week was. I was willingly along for the ride as each story unfolded.
Each of us saw a piece of ourselves in Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha as we played out our own Sex and the City in the Gay Mecca dating men, women and everything in between and, of course, chasing our careers and fashion.
There was no recording our fab four. We had to be there as we saw our own lives as single girls in the city reflected back to us. Seriously, there wasn’t a single dating situation the show didn’t cover that I can’t pull into real life to reference as an example. Simply put, there just wasn’t an excuse in the world not to be in front of the TV on Sunday night from 1998 to the heart-wrenching end in 2004.
Fortunately, our fab four returned in movie form. This time, Erica was married and living in Portland, and I was still single, so I flew up from San Francisco for opening weekend. Her hubby Mike just didn’t get it and still doesn’t.
I bought Erica the Sex and the City DVDs and the board game for our birthdays and Christmas. To this day, I am like a moth to light when I see reruns on TV to the Sex and the City slot machines in any given casino. Super G laughed at the poker tables when I told her I found the mother ship of Sex and the City at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and dragged her to see where I had disappeared to while she was placing her bets and playing her winning hands.
Needless to say, I’m a fan, so when in New York recently there was only one thing to do to feed my addiction: Go on the Sex and the City tour.
Our guide Staci Jacobs knew her Sex and the City and I was intimately familiar with the neighborhoods where the show was filmed. A majority of the show was filmed right in my Auntie’s neighborhood, Chelsea and the Village, where I spent some summer vacations and my early 20s tramping around in the Meat Packing District, Soho and Noho, and pretty much most of the West Side of New York.
It was a revelation to me and made perfect sense why I felt a cozy familiarity with the scenes in the show. I also discovered how close The Paris Theater, Bergdorf Goodman, The Grand Army Plaza, and The Fairmont were. While they seemed to be far apart in the show, in real life they are right next to each other.
The Grand Army Plaza was where we started our tour before we headed down to the Village to the Pleasure Chest, where Charlotte and the girls discovered the Rabbit vibrator. Eventually they had to do an intervention with Charlotte.
As the bus pulled away from the curb and Staci began to talk about the show and quiz her guests on Sex and the City trivia, my hand shot up in the air in that school girl way hungry to spit out the answer. Super G looked over at me trying to get me to put my hand down and I wished Erica was with me.
Erica would have eaten this tour up along with me, but alas she wasn’t there. I still had a great time recalling many of the great moments of Sex and the City and Super G got embarrassed several times, “Really? Is this what girlie girls talk about?” she asked.
Super G and I walked around the Village, headed over to the Chelsea Market and Budakhan, where Carrie got her last single girl kiss from Big in the Sex and the City movie, and down into Noho, where Charlotte’s art gallery was as well as the location of Scout, the bar Steve and Aiden opened together.
Super G appreciated the complementary cosmos at Onieals Grand Street Bar, the bar that stood in as Scout.
The tour wrapped up at Rockefeller Center in front of the HBO store where we could shop our hearts out for our Sex and the City memorabilia.
If you are in New York with your gal pals and you are a Sex and the City fan, this is the perfect three hours to spend with them and see Manhattan on the stilettoed path of our favorite heroines.
To book your New York Adventure including the Sex and the City tour, contact Heather Cassell at Girls That Roam Travel at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos at 408-354-6531at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.