New York TV & Movie Tour

Carrie Bradshaw's apt. from Sex & The City

I'll admit it.  I'm a TV junkie.  I love TV.  I think it's exciting to see a live television show in production. A few years ago, before a trip to New York, I wrote to the David Letterman show for tickets...over and over again ...and they never responded.  I was bitter.  So bitter in fact, that I haven't watched the Letterman show since. (I'm still working with a therapist).  I was still excited, however, to see the famous Ed Sullivan theater from the outside at least.  Recently, I found a web site with several tours to offer celebrity stalkers like me.  These are film & TV show tours guided by actors and actresses who are certified tour guides.  They'll not only show you different TV and movie locations, but give you tips on how to get tickets to live tapings.  (Hmmm....I guess I could have used them all those years ago).  You'll visit the apartment building from Friends, the Cosby house, the cafe from Seinfeld and many other famous spots.  They'll play a little TV trivia and might even make you sing a theme song or two.  Well, that part would bug me but the rest sounds like fun.  

During our last trip to New York, I did some of my own detective work and found a few places that I really wanted to see.  Carrie Bradshaw's apartment from Sex & The City was (in the show at least) supposed to be on the Upper East Side.  In reality, the inside of the apartment was a set but the real stoop is at 66 Perry Street in the Village.  It was being refurbished when I found it.  They discourage people like me from standing on the steps and even have a little box for donations to keep it looking nice.  Just a block or so away on Bleeker St. is the Magnolia Bakery - the characters' favorite place for cupcakes. It was my own mini-tour, I may not have had a real actress for a guide, but it was fun! 


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